Catalog of Failed Attempts
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Tom PinderRan the Thames PathDidn't properly care for wet feet on day 1. Didn't account for mental slow-down.https://tompinderadventure.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/looking-back-lessons-learnt-whats-next/
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BigfootSuperior Hiking Trail FKTUsed new shoes, didn't superglue insoles of shoes, got major blister. Unexpected chafing, applied body glide too late. Weather. Deer Flies. Should have brought headnet. Stung by 3 bees. Could have done a better job of mapping out campsite options ahead of time to optimize earlier days.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvy7lbxW7OQ
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AnishColorado Trail FKTWasn't hungry, so ended up carrying too much weight in extra food. Didn't go into the hike with enough rest and recovery from previous big miles. Hiked in non-optimal direction. Running pack wasn't ideal.https://www.trailsisters.net/2017/10/10/take-away-lessons-cdt/
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FowlerSurival Kit TestShould not have been figuring gear out on the fly.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wnu2DVhml0
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2 Feet ForwardOvernight at Moel Prysgau BothyDeep snow made hiking at any pace impossible. Forced to weather a night out in the elements. Dog had issues in the deep snow.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdOAJ_KbZUo
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MiyagiSuperior Hiking Trail FKTWeather. Carried too much food. Water filtering was time wasted; chemical treatment would had saved time.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jutj7vlnp0&list=PL1zNOLMNNdYZAPdyQRtMgPZOe5vrLynVg&index=10
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MeTongariro Alpine Crossing Weather. Didn't have 100% confidence in rain gear. Should have brought hard shell and umbrella for both of us.http://www.blogbyben.com/2019/02/new-zealand-adventure-day-7.html
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MeEl Toro and Trade Winds to El YunqueSteep and muddy trails made for much slower pace than I imagined. Didn't start early enough in the day. Didn't have a plan for a non-yoyo attempt.http://www.blogbyben.com/2018/11/puerto-rico-adventure-day-3-3-miles-of.html
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Grayson CobbKayak Key West to Dry TortgugasPoor sailing conditions. Lightning storm. A 'stack of unknows' that made it impossible to face physical challenges. Exhaustion associated with staying on course. Stopping would have caused sea sickness. Fear. Heat and humidity.http://graysoncobb.com/key-west-dry-tortugas-part-1/
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JupiterPCT YoYoRolled ankle, mis-step that ended up in a broken foot.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGlj4cqb2Ws
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JupiterATPoor planning. Poor gear selection. Used mental image of backpacker as a guide, not real planning.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP0dlHeCCPg
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Courtney Dauwalter
Winning the Tahoe 200 Mile Ultra RaceJust not her day. No other human in the world would consider coming in 2nd in a 200 mile race to be a failure. But Courtney's relentless, and uses this as a source to overcome future challenges.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQSiygnDm-U
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