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I introduced a newbie into the wilderness this last weekend, he is a middle aged man that has only been car camping once about 25 years ago. So I took him on a full 3 day trip to Wolf Lake State forest in northern N.Y. (10 miles west of the Adirondack state park and 10 east of Gouverneur). It is a beautiful place to see with relative easy terrain, 3 lakes, 3 lean-to’s, nice trails & good wildlife. Sadly he has been a couch potato and works behind a desk for most of his adult life and has minimal energetic experience so short distance was the key to a successful trip him with his gear which was about 30-35lbs.
On the first day we hiked about 1.75 miles and camped at a lean-to, the trip was tough for him but he managed the hike ok. On the second day we hiked about 1.25 which was shorter than the first day but harder on him because he was quite sore from the first day but he mad the hike. And on the third day we hiked about 3 miles and he surprisingly did very well but on the last leg he did get worn down quickly.
I didn’t think a person’s body could get that out of shape that a mile and a half hike would be a problem I’m not in the best shape I could be in either. But he had a grate time and he said he has a little muscle soreness but he hasn’t felt this good in years and he is looking forward to doing it again. His health got a jumpstart that he has to keep up with and his confidence got a huge boost. By the beginning of the third he stopped saying can’t. Heck on the first day I thought can’t was his favorite word.