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Safety Dance
Sep 10, 2007

Five degrees to starboard!


Karenina posted:

Hey everyone! New Jersey-based goon here. I'll go on day hikes now and then, but nothing too challenging. Hoping to step outside my comfort zone, go on cooler hikes, and maybe learn to forage and fish.

Here's something from yesterday.



Resources on ultralight packing would also be great. Or advice on hiking with chronic pain on your plate. Because I've had chronic pain for years, mostly around my collarbone, and I'm a little antsy about triggering a flare-up.

Ooh, that's pretty! Where was that photo taken?

Check out the Backpacking and camping gear megathread: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3817829, as well as the hiking and fishing threads: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3521471 https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3933162 !

But most importantly

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Verman
Jul 4, 2005
Third time is a charm right?


For the newcomers, please poke around and ask questions in the various threads of interest. Imposter syndrome is real but the community here is pretty open and honest. A lot of the posters vary from people just getting into camping and the outdoors to people that have climbed some of the most famous peaks and everything in between. Keep in mind there's also no end goal or finish line of success, just enjoy the outdoors in whatever way you find enjoyable. While some might geek out over ultralight tents and weighing their gear by the gram, others are just as happy taking their kids out with a coleman tent and roasting marshmallows at a drive in KOA.


Karenina posted:

Hey everyone! New Jersey-based goon here. Resources on ultralight packing would also be great. Or advice on hiking with chronic pain on your plate. Because I've had chronic pain for years, mostly around my collarbone, and I'm a little antsy about triggering a flare-up.

While I don't have any resources on ultralight stuff per say, I would suggest seeing your doctor and getting a referral to a PT/sports medicine specialist to see if there's any possible way of addressing the pain issue. Trying A B or C won't really help unless your doctor can really thoroughly examine the cause/possible treatment for whatever is plaguing you. Its possible you might have already done this but if its that big of an issue, maybe consider getting a second opinion or a referral to someone who may have some other alternatives.

As for chronic pain, I injured my lower back a few years ago playing hockey and fell backwards onto my tailbone. I herniated my L4-L5 and L5-S1 discs and it has caused pain and tension in my lower back/hip and sciatic nerve pain down my right leg ever since. Ive been to PT, ive been trying to stretch and keep with the PT exercises more and its just always there. My doctor finally took an xray and said that he saw some degeneration. When discussing surgery he gave me a 40% chance of success and said often times patients of back surgery often feel no relief and sometimes the pain worsens.

Its pretty lovely though. I'm only 36 and in pretty good shape otherwise but it bothers me every day. I notice it the most when I'm not being active which is often because I'm at a computer all day for work. The more I move around and focus on staying loose and limber the better it is but it never completely goes away. Even when backpacking, I'll bring pain reliever (ibuprofen) just to reduce inflammation and take the pain down from a sharp hinderance to a dull annoyance.

Karenina
Jul 9, 2013



Safety Dance posted:

Ooh, that's pretty! Where was that photo taken?

Somewhere on the Lenape Trail in Cedar Grove. Not sure what its name is.


Already bookmarked!

Verman posted:

While I don't have any resources on ultralight stuff per say, I would suggest seeing your doctor and getting a referral to a PT/sports medicine specialist to see if there's any possible way of addressing the pain issue. Trying A B or C won't really help unless your doctor can really thoroughly examine the cause/possible treatment for whatever is plaguing you. Its possible you might have already done this but if its that big of an issue, maybe consider getting a second opinion or a referral to someone who may have some other alternatives.

So the good news is that I'm already diagnosed and medicated, meaning that the pain is way more manageable now. Huge improvement over the times when it hurt to write or carry a bag on the wrong shoulder. At the same time, I've absolutely overcorrected in a way that's not doing me any favors. This:

quote:

I notice it the most when I'm not being active which is often because I'm at a computer all day for work. The more I move around and focus on staying loose and limber the better it is but it never completely goes away.

is completely true for me, and the more I think about it, it's more inertia holding me back. And this dread of somehow overexerting myself and causing an injury, which could happen, sure, but the fear has more to do with what happened before I was medicated than anything. Some pain's going to follow me no matter what I do. That's what the ibuprofen is for.

Anyway, I think this is something I really needed to hear. Thanks.

Casu Marzu
Oct 20, 2008

SHUT
THE
FUCK
UP!
BIIITCH!




Karenina posted:

Resources on ultralight packing would also be great. Or advice on hiking with chronic pain on your plate. Because I've had chronic pain for years, mostly around my collarbone, and I'm a little antsy about triggering a flare-up.

If a lot of your pain while hiking is due to having a backpack, you might want to look into a lumbar pack. When I used smaller day packs without a decent lumbar belt, my shoulders and upper back would be screaming at me within a mile or two. Just something the way the straps pulled really aggravated my everything.

If I'm just doing a couple hours where water, a rain cover, and a snack is all I really need, there's a lot of options these days for lumbar packs that make you look like an uber dork but are shockingly comfortable. I currently use a north face pack and it's great. No more lovely day pack neck pain or sweaty summer back.

If you prefer water bladders, I've rented the osprey one through work a few times and it's also pretty dope.

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