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    Default Subliminal Messages on the Trail?

    When the trail gets really tough what does that little voice inside your head say- things like "No hill lasts forever!" or "I'm almost there!"?

    Do you start thinking of the lyrics of favorite song or just break out into a meditation mantra? I'd really like to know......


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    Depends. If I catch it soon enough, I simply slow down and start daydreaming about some other than hiking. If my intestinal fortitude has failed me, however, I typically curse my way to my next break point.
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    I'm trying to picture myself on the ATthis is a waste of time and remembering any subliminal messages i wonder what subliminal message the OP is trying to send that I may have sent myself did i say this was a waste of time. When I saw the title of the thread, I was imagining sending subliminal messages some people will start a thread about anything to other hikers most people can't even spell or say subliminal or even wildlife. I think I'm always trying gray blazer rules to send the bears a mental image of my toughness.
    I'm not really a hiker, I just play one on White Blaze.

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    i think of my 3 ex-wives,
    TOOK EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT THEY AIN"T TAKING THIS HILL.
    I'm so confused, I'm not sure if I lost my horse or found a rope.

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    I sometimes sing aloud as I trek up hills. Not so much when there are others about.
    "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." ---Dr. Seuss

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    The voice in my head constantly yells "THIS IS SPARTA!" or something along those lines.
    For clueless people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZeYVIWz99I

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    i think of my 3 ex-wives,
    TOOK EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT THEY AIN"T TAKING THIS HILL.
    heheheheehhehe..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Railroad King View Post
    The voice in my head constantly yells "THIS IS SPARTA!" or something along those lines.
    For clueless people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZeYVIWz99I
    WOW!!! I'll have to try that next time I'm up on Katahdin.

    Think I'll look funny wearing a flowing red cape, leather wristlets, and carrying a sword?

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    I just think of my ex's and yell --Is this far enough away from the TV or Bar ? Of course now I've outlived them all LOL

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    Let's see. First I consign the people, who put the trail up the steepest mountain they could find, to the burning fires of Hell for all eternity. Then I cry. Then I just start telling myself "you can do this, you can do this"......but I still wish the trail designers a slow and hideous death.
    "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes View Post
    When the trail gets really tough what does that little voice inside your head say- things like "No hill lasts forever!" or "I'm almost there!"?

    Do you start thinking of the lyrics of favorite song or just break out into a meditation mantra? I'd really like to know......

    I hear the voice of my wife (inside my head) saying: "I don't know why you would rather be out hiking up and down all of those hills when you could spend your vacation at the beach or relaxing at a nice comfortable hotel with a pool and hot tub".

    For a moment, such thoughts can cause me to start feeling down. I start to think about how nice it WOULD be at the beach, hotel or pool--especially with a cool beverage in my hand.

    However, I would NEVER want my wife to be "right" in such a debate. Thus, I become motivated to "dig down deep"--find a new reserve of energy--and conquer the hill or the tough section of the trail. ("I'll show her that I can have just as much fun walking up this endless hill as I can at a hotel room with a hot tub and a cold drink!")
    "A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world." - Paul Dudley White

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Baggins View Post
    Let's see. First I consign the people, who put the trail up the steepest mountain they could find, to the burning fires of Hell for all eternity. Then I cry. Then I just start telling myself "you can do this, you can do this"......but I still wish the trail designers a slow and hideous death.
    Yep, I've thought the exact same things! Thank goodness I wasn't carrying a Voodoo Doll last year because somebody would have been hurtin' besides me!

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    I just put my head down and keep moving no matter how much it hurts. I can't say I "think" anything in particular. I'm odd that way though.
    Take almost nothing I say seriously--if it seems to make no sense what so ever it's probably meant as a joke....but do treat your water!

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    I've caught myself grumbling on particularly steep uphills something like, "what the hell am I doing out here?" Then about that time, it never fails...I'll see something incredible like a great view or wildlife making their presence known. Then I have my answer. "That's why I'm out here!"

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    Uphill is awesome. That euphoric feeling you get when you lock into a rhythm is priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    i think of my 3 ex-wives,
    TOOK EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT THEY AIN"T TAKING THIS HILL.
    hahahahaha...i think of my mom.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes View Post
    WOW!!! I'll have to try that next time I'm up on Katahdin.

    Think I'll look funny wearing a flowing red cape, leather wristlets, and carrying a sword?
    i'll give you 3 dollars if you also wear the gold speedo

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    Quote Originally Posted by vonfrick View Post
    hahahahaha...i think of my mom.



    i'll give you 3 dollars if you also wear the gold speedo
    I'll double it if you don't post pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vonfrick View Post
    hahahahaha...i think of my mom.



    i'll give you 3 dollars if you also wear the gold speedo
    warraghy would do it for free..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by gungho View Post
    warraghy would do it for free..................
    If he existed.

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    I like hiking up hill. The PCT trained me very well. Uphill means you are going somewhere. Downhill means you are leaving somewhere.
    Some knew me as Piper, others as just Diane.
    I hiked the PCT: Mexico to Mt. Shasta, 2008. Santa Barbara to Canada, 2009.

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