Sunday, March 29, 2015

HYOH




"Hike Your Own Hike" is a phrase that is rampant in the long distance hiking community. Usually it means, don't pay too much attention to what everyone else is carrying or not carrying, how much their pack weighs or doesn't weigh, how many miles she is hiking, if someone decides to GASP hitchhike around a fire closure rather than walk the road. Sometimes HYOH is used in a passive aggressive way, as in:

"Well, that's not what I would do. Or any other rational human being. BUT--HYOH!"

I find it much harder to HYOH these days because when I first started, there weren't forums online where people posted base weights of their packs or asked strangers what kind of shoes they should wear. Back in the day, we just figured it out. I can't help but think this was better. We didn't rely on extensive reviews of tents, we just bought what we thought would work. We didn't watch a movie about hiking and decide to do it. Sometimes we would see other hikers and talk about our gear in the real outside, instead of reading about it in a magazine. We learned from our mistakes.

I used to belong to some online Facebook forums about the PCT, but I decided to delete them. It's time to spend more time hiking and less time being drawn into internet drama. On Saturday my friends T-N-T and I drove the long road down to the canyon to hike up to Freezeout Saddle.

Looking back the way I came

This hike is shaped like a snake, with switchbacks endlessly reaching to the sky. But it doesn't take long before you are up there and looking down into the deepest gorge in North America. The wind whipped across the saddle with a ferocity that made us seek shelter behind a rock outcrop. We perched there talking about hiking plans we probably won't execute, the same plans we had last year.

I'm faster than T-N-T on the uphills but they are faster on the downhills, and these types of friends don't throw a fit if I pull ahead, climbing. They don't snark later about how they never see me on the climbs. These make them good friends to have. They let me HYOH. That's all you can really ever ask.

Waiting at the saddle




10 comments:

  1. My kind of HYOH has gotten me into trouble from time to time.
    I've tripped and fell several times because I'am looking at all the beauty around me and not paying attention to the rough trail in front of me.
    I love to hike and take the time to see all the things that the wilderness has to offer, from the little butterfly on the wildflower, to the beauty of the mountains that surround me. If I rush through a hike I feel like I'll miss out on something, granted I can hike hard and fast if needed but it's not what I prefer.
    I guess you could say I like to meander.

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  2. I'm more of a hike for a workout or get to a destination person, but I am getting better at modifying it if I want people to come along. Not everyone is up for the death march. It's harder and harder to tear people away from their phones, so I do make an effort to hike other people's hikes as well when I can get them out there.

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  3. You would not have to tear me away from a cell phone, don't even own one.
    I would love to hike with you sometime Mary, would love to show you the southern side of the Wallowas.

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    1. That would be awesome! We were just talking yesterday how we never go there.

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  4. Luckily my hiking friends understand when I make frequent stops to photograph stuff. They know I'll catch up eventually. That's how I HYOH.

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    1. That's a nice way to hike and good to have friends who get it.

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  5. I've never checked out online forums for things, but it seems like a slippery slope trying to keep up or compare your way to others. I really like to experience things with others, so it's hard for me if my idea of HYOH isn't the same as my running/hiking/adventure buddy.

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    1. Yes, you can really get drawn into a lot of drama. I like to experience things with others as well, but the older I get the harder it is to find people my age who still want to do the miles!

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