Walking 14 miles in one go???
If you're in as good of shape as claimed, and are determined to do it in five hours, I'd first off ditch everything besides your pocket EDC and an energy bar, extra footwear, some foot care products, and a gallon of water. And don't stop for anything! Travel light, light, light! If it's really five hours you're talking about what will you need all that other stuff for within that five hours? For a mental security blanket? The fact is you're only going to need it because it's slowing you down so much to carry it in the first place!
Since a GHB's utility isn't just to get home, I'm sure you can understand why it's helpful to have all those items in my car (and others). I might pull up to a vehicle collision site, for example. I don't think you're insinuating that it's a poor idea to keep those things in my bag and subsequently the car, your suggestion is to ditch them if I absolutely need to get home. And, your idea may have merit... My reason for posting this was to get feedback, after all.
Depending on conditions, I probably could ditch some of the bag's contents if its weight made traveling home in a reasonable amount of time prohibitively difficult. But then there's our old friend Murphy (not Murphy Brown... the other
one... of "law" fame). During a long trek home, having some food to eat, water to drink, sunscreen to prevent sunburn and insect repellent to prevent getting bitten then subsequently developing lyme disease (which, like herpes, is a gift that keeps on giving) is a weight trade off I'm willing to make.
It starts raining? So you get wet. Big deal. So you get bit by some bugs. Big deal. The sun is beating down? Put some sunscreen on before you leave, or stuff the bottle in your pocket. Why would you start a fire? You're walking home ASAP for crying out loud! What's with the extra clothes and toiletries? You planning on a sleepover? Apparently you're not planning to quickly walk home. You look to me like you're planning to camp out somewhere at some point. Fine then. I understand, because...
In my experience everybody has an exaggerated concept of how far they can walk in one day, especially with a bag, and what they need to have with them when they do. I know I did. After five miles (two hours) I was trudging more and more slowly. You can't maintain 3mph beyond the first 5 miles. I know I'll personally never make it more than 10 miles in one day. But I'm just in average shape.
Whatever load you wind up with, I strongly suggest taking a day off and giving it a serious trial run. I'm willing to bet with what you're currently planning to carry it takes you 10 hours at least, and once you do get home you'll be good for nothing except collapsing. But once again, I'm using my own physical abilities and experiences as a base reference.
Ditch it all except for the foot care and water and you'll make it in five hours.
As I said above, there's no opportunity cost in keeping the bag contents as they are now. Like people often say about firearms... hygiene items are the sort you'd rather have and not need than need and not have. The same could essentially be said for everything in my pack... better to have and not need than to need and not have - particularly for a bag that spends most of its time in my car or in my house.
I can't speak for what most people consider average or good shape. Based upon what I see most people do in the gym, they either think I'm absolutely crazy or a masochist, and I'm fine with that. I just don't put much stock into others' assessments of fitness. I'm already a very harsh judge of myself and I suspect that your definition of average shape and mine are quite different.
My name is Jeff, not Jonathan. Jonathan would fit...ZSC:020 Chicagoland
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