Good article about tube-hikers (Darwin, Dixie & Second Chance)

Discussion in 'Media Links' started by Lempo, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Lempo

    Lempo Ultralighter

    Arne L., Teepee, Mox and 1 other person like this.
  2. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Great story. Interesting perspectives
  3. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Thanks for that. You're never too old and never too fat.
    Robin likes this.
  4. Lempo

    Lempo Ultralighter

    That's, because I feel like I'm both atm... :D

    (but I was the size of Second Chance 10 years ago).
    PhilHo and Robin like this.
  5. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    That was a very nice article but the youtube part of it gave me anxiety.
    Clare likes this.
  6. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I watched a selection of the Second Chance's Youtube videos. I know what you mean about anxiety but ...

    Isn't it amazing what you can do if you set your mind to it. A 400lb person who didn't have a clue about backpacking got himself fixed up with pretty good gear, got a permit and set off. So slow at first but in the end he did a 25 mile day, found love, lost 100lbs etc etc. I quite liked the fact behind the facts.His first was a 3 mile day. By our standards that sounds pretty lame but for a 400lb guy on his first day's walk in the Mohave desert it is an amazing triumph. I have volunteered to be tail walker at Parkrun a few times and the people at the back are more impressive that the young men who win it. The difficulties they are trying to overcome make what they do amazing. Its lovely to see someone make the most of their second chance.
    Baldy, Diddi, The Cumbrian and 6 others like this.
  7. Lempo

    Lempo Ultralighter

    Lovely words, Phil.

    I don't really want to make this about me, but I've watched all the SCH's videos, as I can relate to them so much. That was the reason I read the article in the first place. I wasn't sure if anyone else was interested in SCH, but since the article mentioned Darwin and Dixie, I thought I share it anyway.

    10 years ago I was around 400lb and been working my way down ever since. In the article he said he watched all the thru-hiking videos and read up on hiking gear, and that's been me for the last couple of years since I started hiking again. Why I returned to hiking? I thought, what is something that is 'impressive' (to myself), but doable considering my age, weight & fitness. I can't run, I don't cycle or swim, but I can walk. I don't walk fast, but I can walk long. Not to mention other benefits, getting out of the urban environment, getting away from noise and other people, seeing beautiful landscapes, absorbing vitamin D, lowering stress and at the same time getting fit.

    We first started going on day walks and then graduated to supported overnighters, then unsupported overnighters. I still do more watching videos and reading up on gear, than do actual hiking, so I refer myself to as a sofa hiker. After watching the same videos as SCH, I too wanted to hike the PCT when I'm 50 in couple of years. Not sure if that's going to happen (money, logistics, etc), I started looking at UK trails now that we're back here and eventually chose SWCP, as we'll be living there next year and it's logistically easy but also a long trail. I thought if I can walk 650mi, I can walk most others.

    I've had all the other gear for solo overnighters, except for a decent tent. Luckily that's been now remedied, as I just paid the customs duty for the X-mid and it should be here next week. Then I can take off anytime...
    Baldy, Diddi, Toby and 4 others like this.
  8. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    I also watched Dixie and Darwin, amongst others, they planted the seed but SCH was the one that got me off my arse to book tickets.

    I start the AT 18 Feb, and will finish when and where I finish. The destination isn't the goal, the journey is. :)
  9. Lempo

    Lempo Ultralighter

    I never realised how much influence the tube-hikers have.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2019
  10. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I'm just the opposite. I need to have measurable goals. I recon that's why the TGO challenge suits me. I like to have a plan and know where I'm aiming to sleep at night.
  11. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    SCH is truly inspirational. Its the stories of online creeps stalking youtubers that got my heart rate up.
  12. Lempo

    Lempo Ultralighter

  13. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Me too. :D
  14. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

    Interesting stuff and thanks for sharing that, Lempo.

    This genre seems very US, which I understand given the potential advertising revenues and income opportunities via YouTube. I'm interested to see this type of thing done by European hikers, in Europe as there's so much coverage of the big US trails. Richard Hartfield has a YouTube channel which I like but are any others you'd recommend?
  15. Lempo

    Lempo Ultralighter

    Follow Bigfoot has done TGO and TMB
    DEUX PAS VERS L'AUTRE are a French couple hiking across Europe From Portugal to Turkey
    Gone Hiking is an English bloke, who're right now doing JMT (and constantly talks about beer)
    Dixie and her sister are doing the Camino right now
    Summit or Nothing, couple of English blokes hiking around the UK
    Midlife Crisis Guy does outdoorsy stuff
    @impala has thru-hiking vids and tips
    Hendrik Morkel is based in Finland, but I think he's German
    TrekSnappy is an English couple who hiked the PCT last year, but since gone quiet
    Trail Hunter, young chap who does a lot of content and visits to Snowdonia
  16. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

    Thanks Lempo, ! can see how you spend your spare time!!
    Lempo likes this.
  17. Lempo

    Lempo Ultralighter

    Too much sofa hiking and not enough real hiking... :unsure:

    ...typing this while lying on the sofa taking a break from reading Cape To Cape.
  18. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

    Yes, it's important to take breaks and not to overdo it.
    WilliamC and Lempo like this.
  19. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Some UK Hiking vloggers. Here are three that I have found useful. I'd get on OK with all of these people but some might find their idiosyncrasies annoying.

    Plodders Lost - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-2MC_Y3N0r9_VAwSSTXj4A/videos
    Self deprecating, not very fit, no head for heights scouser, who despite this has videoed some of the best known UK long distance walks including the CWT and the Lakeland ridge walks including Blencathra via Sharp Edge. The video style gives you a real feel for the walk.

    Head For the Hills - https://www.youtube.com/user/headforthehills100/videos
    Young Scotts guy who seems to always be carrying a supermarket carrier bag. He started wearing a face mask or balaclava because he didn't like to be recognised. I expect this failed as he'd become recognised as the person hiking in a face mask. Nonetheless there are some useful videos in the substantial set.

    Hounds of Howgate - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKs3XTj42ZcuavLxJbbHiCA/videos
    Scotts guy who walks with his dog. If you have hangups about facial hair or think that it is cruel to walk with your dog you might not like these. I like the style and find map time useful. Map time his where he does a review with the map of where he's been that day.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019 at 12:21 PM
  20. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Check out Abbie Barnes...she's amazing; fabulous videos and her motivation is inspiring

    Hounds of Howgate is decent too
    and38 and PhilHo like this.
  21. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    I quite like some of Haze Outdoors' stuff on YouTube. He's not anti anything or anyone, it would seem. He's unconcerned for the most part with personal goals, thru-hikes, gram counting, etc, and has a self-effacing, I-just-like-being-out-here attitude to what he's doing.

    Scotland's Mountains has to be the best of all though. Great outings and photography of the highest order by an engaging person whose ego is simply nowhere to be seen.

    There are many who draw inspiration and motivation from charismatic hiking YouTubers, and many who find deep satisfaction in meeting the challenge offered by long classic hikes, and that's completely OK, but there are others among us (me included) who take to the hills from rather different sentiments: to be alone, to go where we want and at what speed suits us, to follow the whim of the moment, to learn from our own experiences (and mistakes!), to marvel at 'being here' rather than 'getting there', to tread a seemingly untrod path, just to be our unregimented selves, to feel what we need to feel, to count our blessings at our leisure and thus to restore ourselves in body, mind and spirit.

    Each to their own - there's (still) plenty of room out there! But I shudder at the thought of having to get a 'permit' to hike a predetermined route through our UK hills, overnighting only at specified sites, sticking to 'approved' paths, carrying officially-required items of kit, being checked out for compliance by Rangers/CCTV/drones/whatever, all doubtless in the worthy name of 'Elf, Safety and Conservation. Not in what's left of my active lifetime I hope.
    Clare, cathyjc, PhilHo and 1 other person like this.
  22. Rmr

    Rmr Trail Blazer

    Abbie Barnes is truly inspirational, so open & honest. Makes me realise how lucky I am to have good health in mind & body.
    fluffkitten likes this.
  23. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

  24. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I like Charlie McCartney's videos. He makes scary Munros look easy, even for someone of advancing years, but I'm still left doubting whether I'd be OK doing the likes of the An Teallach ridge.
  25. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I like them even better now he doesn’t bother with music.
    PhilHo likes this.

Share This Page