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    Default Second Chance Hiker Takes on the PCT: 200 lbs Overweight

    I came across this guy on the tube and at first thought it was crazy. The more videos of his I watch, the more....."Good for him!" Good for him for getting out there on the trail, and good for him for wanting and working so hard to try and lose the weight. However far he makes it, it will be an accomplishment and hopefully an inspiration to others to get out there, find their goals and work as hard as they can until they accomplish them!











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    This dudes going to Canada. And im excited for him. You can tell he's got grit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastfoxengineering View Post
    This dudes going to Canada. And im excited for him. You can tell he's got grit.

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    I agree! I hope he makes it, he has great spirit

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    Have I got this right ?
    He started January 31, 2019?
    That’s a bit early.
    All the best to him! If he can do it, anybody can.
    Get busy Wayne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    Have I got this right ?
    He started January 31, 2019?
    That’s a bit early.
    All the best to him! If he can do it, anybody can.
    Get busy Wayne.
    I think he started at the correct time for himself. He went 7 miles in the first 3 days so until he drops that first stage of weight he will eb very slow going. Once the easy weight falls off which I would say could be substantial, I think he will be able to pickup his MPD to a bit more.

    What is it, 700 miles to the sierras?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit McCrae View Post
    I think he started at the correct time for himself. He went 7 miles in the first 3 days so until he drops that first stage of weight he will eb very slow going. Once the easy weight falls off which I would say could be substantial, I think he will be able to pickup his MPD to a bit more.

    What is it, 700 miles to the sierras?
    The man can do what he wants but I'd suggest losing the wt safely be prioritized within the framework of a hike...which does not have to be a thru hike. MPD or completing a PCT thru should not be the utmost priority. IMHO if completing a PCT thru is prioritized that can easily take away from safely losing wt gaining some health aspects. A wide range of health and medical stats should be monitored rather than simply noting wt fall off or how far up the trail he gets. I agree with Malto that he's placing himself in greater danger than he thinks. This can be analogous to those who go out unprepared, getting into serious trouble, more trouble than they realized could occur, and need S&R or some other assistance to survive. Doing such without supervision is dangerous possibly likened to some degree of good natured recklessness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogwood View Post
    The man can do what he wants but I'd suggest losing the wt safely be prioritized within the framework of a hike...which does not have to be a thru hike. MPD or completing a PCT thru should not be the utmost priority. IMHO if completing a PCT thru is prioritized that can easily take away from safely losing wt gaining some health aspects. A wide range of health and medical stats should be monitored rather than simply noting wt fall off or how far up the trail he gets. I agree with Malto that he's placing himself in greater danger than he thinks. This can be analogous to those who go out unprepared, getting into serious trouble, more trouble than they realized could occur, and need S&R or some other assistance to survive. Doing such without supervision is dangerous possibly likened to some degree of good natured recklessness.

    I duly note the recklessness of the action. I think that the man sees Canada as the solution to losing the weight. As in when he gets tot he Canadian border he will have lost all the weight and life will be where he wants it. however, I feel that if his concentration is just sticking to the trail for as long as he can for the year that a lot of weight loss will occur. And that if thru hiking is a secondary priority that he could get in good enough shape to have a more realistic THRU hike next year. I think we could all probably agree that time spent on the trail is a safer weight loss option then time on the couch, however I would be weary of his lack of physical ability on a trail such as the PCT. Although as many would say more physically difficult, I would dare to say the AT would be better for weight loss FROM A LOGISTICAL STANDPOINT of water availability, and accessibility, and fellow hiker foot traffic- terrain would be a different story

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit McCrae;22n38129
    I think he started at the correct time for himself. He went 7 miles in the first 3 days so until he drops that first stage of weight he will eb very slow going. Once the easy weight falls off which I would say could be substantial, I think he will be able to pickup his MPD to a bit more.

    What is it, 700 miles to the sierras?
    Smacks his head hard!
    Duh! Wayne. I should watch the videos first. That’s one way to get a permit without any hassle.
    I believe it is 700 miles, in round numbers, to Kennedy Meadows. That’s about where the Sierras start.
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    As long as he gets in better shape and progressively ramps up his mileage, hell be fine. I know a couple of miles per day wont cut it... but i think hell be fine once he hits the sierras.

    He gave himself a 2 month break in period. He will know if he can go the distance by then.

    I hope he lightens up his pack a bit though. He looks all out of wack.

    Someone gets this man some ul gear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastfoxengineering View Post
    I hope he lightens up his pack a bit though. He looks all out of wack.
    Someone gets this man some ul gear!

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    Can't watch 'em all but it looks like he has a z-packs tent and klymit inflatable pad. I'm sure his gear has to be big (not just clothes, but pad - perhaps a static v luxe insulated, which is going to be heavy), and he is toting a fair bit of electronics to vlog. Plus he clearly needs more water and food than most, for now.

    Think I spotted a z-lite too

    The top of his pack is angled strangely backward. The straps are clearly on his shoulders, so he may not be able to get it around his waist to elevate it off his shoulders. Not yet ... he seems to have a great attitude and that's going to serve him very well. He's as affable as if someone were right there with him. I'm amazed at how well he keeps up his spirits.

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    I watched most of what is online.
    He was in a plain cabin. Full of take out food. I’m guessing the burger place in Morena. He won’t be loosing weight.
    Day 10. Mile 26.
    Day 10-11-12: Visit to REI and more restaurants.
    He’s well funded. Or he won’t be on the trail much longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    I watched most of what is online.
    He was in a plain cabin. Full of take out food. I’m guessing the burger place in Morena. He won’t be loosing weight.
    Day 10. Mile 26.
    Day 10-11-12: Visit to REI and more restaurants.
    He’s well funded. Or he won’t be on the trail much longer.
    Recommend:
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    Cheers!
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    I also came to same conclusion that he isn’t losing any weight yet. Why? At the end of day 12 he has almost hit the point that I hit on day 1. I had eaten less than 5000 calories to get to that point and he has either 3-4 zeros and all those helpful people bringing him extra food that will more than offset the increased burn rate from being 2x my weight. But you can’t help but root for the guy. I probably haven’t seen a better natured hiker. I hope that he can get water and fueling squared away because he is putting himself in more danger that he thinks. Others can hike their way out of a lot of situations, he is not capable of doing that at this time. Running out of water, not properly eating, almost losing your shelter to the wind, individually, none of these are a big deal but the cascade effect could have a far different outcome. Fingers crossed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    I watched most of what is online.
    He was in a plain cabin. Full of take out food. I’m guessing the burger place in Morena. He won’t be loosing weight.
    Day 10. Mile 26.
    Day 10-11-12: Visit to REI and more restaurants.
    He’s well funded. Or he won’t be on the trail much longer.
    Recommend:
    Seeking Lost. The Metalbackpacker. 2018 CDT THRU.
    Cheers!
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    The latest video he is taking another zero day or 2. If it rains zero day, if it snows/sleets zero day, no water zero day, if it is windy zero day, what happens when it gets hot and stays hot? He no longer shows his food because he knows he is getting hammered online for it, but did show a couple diners. So he lost no weight in the last video either. Then he rejects help from the cop then complains about being cold and not knowing how to get off the mountain. Seems he likes manufacturing drama for himself or for social media attention. I dont think it is about money because no normal hiker could afford what he is doing. He is entertaining to watch but I fear this is leading to him getting badly hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt0556 View Post
    The latest video he is taking another zero day or 2. If it rains zero day, if it snows/sleets zero day, no water zero day, if it is windy zero day, what happens when it gets hot and stays hot? He no longer shows his food because he knows he is getting hammered online for it, but did show a couple diners. So he lost no weight in the last video either. Then he rejects help from the cop then complains about being cold and not knowing how to get off the mountain. Seems he likes manufacturing drama for himself or for social media attention. I dont think it is about money because no normal hiker could afford what he is doing. He is entertaining to watch but I fear this is leading to him getting badly hurt.
    Plenty of hikers afford what hes doing.

    And then run out of money 500 miles in.

    Define "normal".

    Maybe hes got 20k stacked for this journey. All the power to him. I doubt its about money or fame.

    A few people caught onto his story and it exploded. If you look at his instagram.. he has thousands of followers already with a bleak instagram.

    His youtube? Dixie brought him up. So thousands of her viewers subscribed to him.

    I think he is genuine. Went out there and was like wth.. if im gonna do this weight loss journey then i might as well document it.

    And within a week he had thousands of followers.

    He needs to take zeros. Its not even PCT Nobo season yet. He reiterates he doesnt want to injure himself.

    The weight loss will come. Its a good thing its not melting off of him. Some will be converted to muscle. He should try to eat well though and avoid soda. He should be eating lean meats and vegetables to keep from getting sick. And hyrdrating like a camel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastfoxengineering View Post
    Plenty of hikers afford what hes doing.

    And then run out of money 500 miles in.

    Define "normal".

    Maybe hes got 20k stacked for this journey. All the power to him. I doubt its about money or fame.

    A few people caught onto his story and it exploded. If you look at his instagram.. he has thousands of followers already with a bleak instagram.

    His youtube? Dixie brought him up. So thousands of her viewers subscribed to him.

    I think he is genuine. Went out there and was like wth.. if im gonna do this weight loss journey then i might as well document it.

    And within a week he had thousands of followers.

    He needs to take zeros. Its not even PCT Nobo season yet. He reiterates he doesnt want to injure himself.

    The weight loss will come. Its a good thing its not melting off of him. Some will be converted to muscle. He should try to eat well though and avoid soda. He should be eating lean meats and vegetables to keep from getting sick. And hyrdrating like a camel.

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    Agreed - I think the weight will and probably already has started losing a good bit of weight. When you got 200 to lose the first lots of weight is hard to see the progress. I believe in him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit McCrae View Post
    When you got 200 to lose the first lots of weight is hard to see the progress. I believe in him
    i dont know about being 400 lbs and wanting to lose 200, but what i do know, which is probably relevant, is this-

    when you're 280lbs getting down to 230-240 is quick and very noticeable immediately. getting from 230 down to 190, not so much. i went from 280 to about 185 in 11 months. the first 3 months were 280-220, 220 to 185 was the subsequent 8 months.

    based on my experience if hes walking 10 miles a day and staying at a constant weight its because he is eating the same he always did. if he was eating less and exercising that much a day weight would fall off fast, thered be no need to give it time.

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    I haven’t seen all the videos, yet. I’ve never seen a guy so excited about rain!

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    For him, rain means Zeros and collecting water. He can’t count on rain forever.
    I’ve never seen anyone brag about their first “water crossing”. It looked like an ankle deep puddle maybe one pace wide.
    I can’t criticize. He’s on a trail and I’m not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    For him, rain means Zeros and collecting water. He can’t count on rain forever.
    I’ve never seen anyone brag about their first “water crossing”. It looked like an ankle deep puddle maybe one pace wide.
    I can’t criticize. He’s on a trail and I’m not.
    A Trail name yet?
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    A crossing like that is tough for a big guy, stepping over branches is tough for a big guys...the things we all take for granted and are easy for us are tough for a big guy.

    While I think he needs to avoid junk food like the plague he's gotten up to doing 10 miles per day (last video)...that says something

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