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    Default Please give me some pointers

    I've done some short distance trips in the past, the biggest stretching just barley under 40 miles. But I have never done a overnight trip, me and my buddy were thinking of doing a 91 mile trip to see Walden pond to revisit some transcendental roots. But anyways, If someone could just throw me some quick tips to doing some big distance skating, like what to pack and what not, it would be much appreciated


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    Default Re: Please give me some pointers

    Gel insoles, a video camera, a piece of cardboard, a thick marker
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    Have you ever been backpacking? If so, it's the same philosophy. Pack the bare minimum. Don't bring all of your tools, just a skate tool. How many days are you planning on being out? Since I'm not gonna have all of my friends on a long distance skate, the guy I skate with and I dont care if we smell bad. So we dont bring tons of extra clothes. Bring dehydrated food and a light backpacking stove. Are you going to have locations to refill your water supply. If this refill spot isnt a mad places spiket, then you'll need a filter to purify your water. If there isnt a place to refill then bring a lot of water or rethink your trip.
    That's all pretty general but if you need any more specific advice, ask. I do a lot of backpacking and a lot has translated into my starting to long distance skate.
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    Medium Hydration Pack, 6 Cliff Bars, 1 bag of Trail Mix, Ace bandage, 5 band-aids, shoelaces, skate tool, cell phone, 2 bearings, 2 wheel nuts, 1 kingpin, 2 mounting bolts and nuts, can of raviolis, 2 extra pair of socks, extra pair of boxers, and can of sardines or the like. Lighting is heavy. Helmet lights, Light-Risers, and flashlights.

    Plan to hit up a watering hole on the way to refill packs. I'd plan the route near 24 hour stores. Hit water fountains every time you pass one. Don't take long breaks. Push switch often.

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    Default Re: Please give me some pointers

    Protection of some sort, pocket knife...etc? I don't want to imagine the possibilities of Drunk college kids. Seeing two dudes pushing at night in the dark. I wouldn't board at night anyways not saying you would. But it's happened before. So prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

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    Would skating in running shoes be unethical? haha Thanks for the help

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    If that site where Adam C. talks about his long treks is still up he put up a list of things to bring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Stoke View Post
    If that site where Adam C. talks about his long treks is still up he put up a list of things to bring.
    I think your talking about longtreksonskatedecks.com
    I forgot about that site. They have a gear list and stuff on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iriderhinoTOTH View Post
    I think your talking about longtreksonskatedecks.com
    I forgot about that site. They have a gear list and stuff on there.
    Ya i just remebered it, its been so long since i have searched for anything Adam C related i had forgotten the address.
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    Default Re: Please give me some pointers

    First: Don't be in a hurry. Don't take a GPS, a watch, and if you have a cell phone with you, turn it off. Injuries happen when you start feeling time pressure or set unrealistic intermediate distance goals. Relax. I'm not familiar with the terrain, but 45 miles in a day is a pretty big push. Are you doing any LDP (pumping) to mix up muscle groups, or just flat out pushing?

    Second: Regarding what to take, when I started doing longer cycle touring and backpacking trips someone gave me this advice "Make a pile of all the stuff you think you'll need. Then take half of it." This applies to distance skating as well. Definitely become a minimalist. Don't take a tent if a tarp will do. Don't take multiple things that serve the same purpose. Learn to be okay with a little discomfort and it will save you from injury and/or inability to complete the distance.

    Water is THE most important thing, followed by electrolytes/nutrition. Figure on roughly 500ml of water per hour as a minimum requirement, more if the weather is hot or there are hills. Instant oatmeal, granola, bananas and good black tea (assuming you have a source of hot water) are your best friends on an overnight trip. Keep it simple, and keep rolling.

    Third: Skating at night is fine on side streets and neighborhoods, but I wouldn't do it on a highway. If you pack it in and camp at sundown you also don't have to carry the weight of lights and a ton of reflective gear. Take something lightweight and high-visibility (like a light jogging jacket) anyway though just in case.

    In the end, have fun, and remember why Thoreau went to the woods in the first place. The distance between yourself and all that out there is always only however big you make it. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Please give me some pointers

    I would bring a switchblade or something, but theyre illegal in most states so any sorta blade with easy opening that can be used for protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosy98 View Post
    I would bring a switchblade or something, but theyre illegal in most states so any sorta blade with easy opening that can be used for protection.
    Only switchblade you should take with you should be made by Landyachtz. Any sort of blade isn't very good for self defense. Your board would be more useful in self-defense than a switchblade. Landyachtz Switchblade would be very good for self-defense, as it's pretty heavy. Good bash at the calf and you are done. Blades aren't for self-defense.
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    If you know how to use them for it they are......

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    Default Re: Please give me some pointers

    Quote Originally Posted by mosy98 View Post
    If you know how to use them for it they are......
    I've gone through a security guard training and no, they aren't good for self-defense. Knifes are good for damaging your opponent, but thats not the point of self-defensing. Knifes are useless againts firearms, they are useless against opponent with a knife, they are useless against opponent with bare hands. If he/she is threatening you with bare hands, you don't need a blade if you know any kind of self-defense. If he/she is threatening you with knife, you will take less damage if you know how to handle the situation with bare hands. The point of self-defensing isn't to make more damage than you take, but minimize the damage you take and eliminate your opponent. And knifes don't fit in that in any situation.
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