The Voice of Experience (June)

T-26 Newsletter

June, 2024

Hiking the Trail

General advice and sound tips for the novice in us all.

Lace up and load up at home, before hitting the trail, put on your new hiking boots, weigh down

your new pack, and go walk uneven terrain. This way you can adjust the pack straps and belts

and find a comfortable fit without missing the view along the trail. Most packs come in different

sizes, and if you’re a small person trying to lug a large sized pack, no strap adjustments on Earth will make it fit.

Find out before hitting the trail. The same goes for boots. New ones usually

require a break-in period, or in worse cases, a pair that fits fine in the store can turn brutal after

three miles on the trail. To be safe, if you’re heading out with new boots, wrap your heels with

duct tape before a heel blister starts to show. And carry spare duct tape wrapped around a water bottle or hiking poles.

Limber up

At the start of each hike, stretch your hamstrings, calves, feet, shoulders, and

back muscles. The slow stretching movements will help prevent muscle problems.

Set the pace by your slowest member. To keep a group together, you may have to shift

some heavy gear from a hiker who’s lagging behind to one who’s continually shooting far

ahead. Cooperation is important.

A normal backpacking pace is 1-1/2 to 2 miles per hour, but it’s quite common to slow

down to 1 mile an hour on hills. A pace as fast as 3 miles an hour is possible on level

ground or slight inclines.

Carry Out All the Trash

Never leave paper in a fire pit for the next person to burn. It looks

ugly, may blow away, and can get wet and not burn. Never bury trash or garbage

because animals will dig it up.

Rest every hour or two, even if it’s only for five or 10 minutes. It’s not wasted time.

 – the rest will keep you going farther in the long run.

Don’t step over those small but noticeable pieces of trash like candy wrappers or chewing

gum foil. Pack them out. Carry an extra bread bag for this purpose.

Uphill: Walking too fast can cause muscle pulls, heel blisters, Achilles tendinitis, and burnout.

Downhill: Walking too fast or too slow can cause knee problems, Shin splints, falls, sprained

ankles, and toe blisters.

Level ground: Walking too fast can cause sore feet, especially on rocky surfaces.

Recipe of the month 

(Red Hot Pasta – Serves 4 – 6)

2  teaspoons minced garlic or garlic powder for taste

    1  teaspoon crushed red pepper

    2  tablespoons parsley flakes

    1  pound linguine or fettuccini (or angel hair pasta)

  1/4  cup olive oil

  1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Cook and drain pasta. Heat oil and sauté garlic. Add pepper and parsley, then add pasta and stir to coat. Sprinkle individual portions with Parmesan.


By, Mr. Soga

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