It’s a hot day and you’ve been piling up the mileage, hiking up one mountain after another. You come to another peak and you are overcome by fatigue and self-doubt. You think, “there’s no way I can make it up this hill. I’m beat.”
This still happens to me once in a while despite my best efforts to eat and drink continuously when I’m hiking.
But a few years ago, I figured out a way to revive myself quickly when it does. Whenever I go hiking, I bring along a few hard candies with me to suck on when I bonk. My favorites are root beer barrels. If I eat 3 in rapid succession, my energy level perks right up, my mind clears, and I’m revved up again to keep going.
My hard candy trick came in handy last weekend when one of my hiking partners bonked about 4 miles into a 11 mile winter hike on Mt Flume. He had pre-hydrated and had had a big breakfast, but ran out of steam quite suddenly. We all wanted to go on, so I dug around in my food bag and gave him my emergency candies. We shared out some of his heavier gear and 10 minutes later we were back on the trail, hiking toward the summit.
I just got some email from him today regarding our upcoming hike this weekend and he’s bringing his own hard candy this time. This little trick seems to have made an impression on him.
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