I got out for a hike this morning along the Lockport Spillway.
It’s a great place for anything from a casual stroll to serious distance training.
There are more than 45 kms of trail along the route and access to many more inside neighboring Birds Hill Provincial Park
Some more kit came in this week from HPG and I was happy to have the time and space to get out and use it.
-Original Kit Bag v2
-HPG Wind Cheater
As a first go I was particularly happy with the Wind Cheater.
Although it’s been hot as b*lls lately today was much cooler and the wind was blustery - funneling along the rather open Spillway.
I found thermal regulation to be a bit more of a challenge with the Kit Bag on but am chalking that up right now to unfamiliarity and just needing to get more kms under my belt.
Full disclosure - I threw the wind cheater on last night to walk dogs before bed in the torrential downpour. Lol. That was one way to confirm that the space age material is more of a wind thing that a moisture protection thing.
I’m sure there is much written on it but sometimes you’ve just gotta throw something on and see what its real boundaries are.
We've got four of them. Yes. Four
Ash - the purebred American Pitbull Terrier (Black and white cow lookin') male
Ripley - The Brindle colored Pit X female (a rescue with some serious dog aggression issues)
Tina - The "bring back" Shepherd X female from my Wife's Tour in the Sinai Peninsula a couple years back
Zhora - My winter companion Husky X female (just about 6 months old now).
I’m no longer sure who the big hikes are for. Probably good for all of however.
My wife needs to train with what she works with.
In this case a 64 Pattern jump ruck which I collected parts for and then assembled over the last year.
A buddy in 3VP (Airborne tasked) gave me the frame and A7A straps and I was able to acquire the rest.
The issue CF ruck is, in point of fact, widely recognized as a piece of crap. And many folks (Jump qualified or not) will opt for the old school jump ruck as it is still an approved item.
Pain Is Inevitable; Suffering Is Optional. And so we elect to prepare foremost with fitness, followed closely by careful choices in field kit.
The trail itself is amazing area to hike through.
Manitoba in general is a beautiful Province. Much like Minnesota's "Land of 10,000 Lakes" if you can’t find something to interest and challenge you in Manitoba you just aren’t trying very hard.
Hiking the trail requires literally zero skill in navigation.
The trail is well marked with signage every kilometer and larger signs every 5 or so with "you are here" area maps showing nearby attractions.
But the well-marked distance does provide a unique training opportunity to practice estimation of travelling distance using dead reckoning.
Today we used our Chrono Watches to record our moving time.
Every kilometer we recorded the results.
As it turns out, our pace per kilometer is 9 minutes and 45 seconds with an almost boring reliability.
In fact this result repeated itself Km after km after km
1 km in roughly 10 minutes.
This translates for us to 100m every minute of tabbing
At the culmination of the hike used this information for her to practice time estimation for travelling a known distance as well as to estimate distance travelled on an unmarked segment (last km marker to truck in parking lot.
It was a great way to kick off Canada Day and we plan on repeating through the long weekend. More weight more distance.