Highline: A feature documentary on the Uinta Highline Trail

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Apparently their trip took 10 days, which... how???
You are allowed to camp anywhere you want to in the High Uintas, and there is no time limit. You are allowed to enjoy the backcountry at your own free will.
Oh wait, you were implying that they did something wrong, or not up to your standards. @LarryBoy, it would be absolutely stellar if you could explain to me why they were wrong for taking 10 days. Not just for me, but also for all the people who will read this post in the future. Why are you trying to send the message that these people are wrong or stupid or misguided for taking 10 days to do the Highline trail?

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You are allowed to camp anywhere you want to in the High Uintas, and there is no time limit. You are allowed to enjoy the backcountry at your own free will.
Oh wait, you were implying that they did something wrong, or not up to your standards. @LarryBoy, it would be absolutely stellar if you could explain to me why they were wrong for taking 10 days. Not just for me, but also for all the people who will read this post in the future. Why are you trying to send the message that these people are wrong or stupid or misguided for taking 10 days to do the Highline trail?

Thanks buddy, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving Joey :)
 

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Dude, it's all good. If you were here right now, I'd give you a beer or 3, and the tone of our conversation would be much different, probably much friendlier sounding. Just remember that kids, and people new to backpacking read this stuff. This is the best website for backpacking. (I'm in Florida now and some kids in the family were reading this website.) When people see things like that, they get it in their head that something is wrong with taking time to backpack. Backpacking is about the experience, period. It has nothing to do with the miles per hour, or day, or trip. I think it sucks that certain people have made the fast ultralight backpacking popular, because that stuff makes the hiking about them, and not about being there. I've spent close to 1500 nights, probably more, in the backcountry over the last 15 years. What I've noticed is that when I reminisce on past trips, I don't remember the hiking at all. I remember my times at camp. I remember the things I was standing still for.

I actually look at them taking 10 days to hike it as being super cool. (I didn't watch the video,, just going off your statement). In fact, I actually want to watch it now, because I'm thinking those guys are way cooler than everyone else. So FREAKING AWESOME that they took that long. How can someone insult them for that. Nature is magical. It's changed me. I would much rather go drink beer with those guys, and have fun, than hang out with someone who wants to make it a competition. I just know 100% of all those people are empty inside their soul.
How come wilderness is so cool you're willing to quit your job to hike, but it's so un cool if you take time to enjoy it?

Life is beautiful man. Why on earth anybody is ever critical of someone else enjoying it is something I can't fathom.
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Keep in mind they started at McKee draw off of highway 191 at Flaming Gorge. Just a little over 100 miles to Hayden Pass trail head.


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Keep in mind they started at McKee draw off of highway 191 at Flaming Gorge. Just a little over 100 miles to Hayden Pass trail head.


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I reply to you in peace, lol. I don't actually understand what your comment is implying.
 
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If something usually takes a few days and someone takes three times that, I don't think asking why is a statement of criticism, but rather, it's just asking why. Did they get lost? Did they stop to do some plein aire painting? Were they stuck in bad weather? Did someone break a leg? Was there an alien abduction...?
 
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Wow, this is awesome. Thank you. I'm just not really knowledgeable about this stuff, and was wrong to argue with him. I apologize. God bless you guys.
 

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I'm just saying I saw no criticism in his post. Maybe you can read between the lines better than me.
 

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I reply to you in peace, lol. I don't actually understand what your comment is implying.
I was just commenting in regard to LarryBoy’s initial comment. I guess someone with his mileage experiences this year might question 104 miles in ten days. But then he might have been being sarcastic. I dunno... I’ve always been terrible at figuring out serious vs. sarcasm in the written word anyway.


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No, his legs and feet are like God after all that hiking. Yours would be too if you'd just done the CDT. Much respect to LarryBoy.

Joey, it's just not important, let it go.
 

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Wow folks let's everybody take a breather. Joey I saw your considerably measured follow up last night and thought it was a valuable contribution worth responding to. I was just spending time with my family, which does take precedence :)

Short story, thank you for calling me on my crap. Worth a more fleshed-out reply later today.
 

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Dude, it's all good. If you were here right now, I'd give you a beer or 3, and the tone of our conversation would be much different, probably much friendlier sounding. Just remember that kids, and people new to backpacking read this stuff. This is the best website for backpacking. (I'm in Florida now and some kids in the family were reading this website.) When people see things like that, they get it in their head that something is wrong with taking time to backpack. Backpacking is about the experience, period. It has nothing to do with the miles per hour, or day, or trip. I think it sucks that certain people have made the fast ultralight backpacking popular, because that stuff makes the hiking about them, and not about being there. I've spent close to 1500 nights, probably more, in the backcountry over the last 15 years. What I've noticed is that when I reminisce on past trips, I don't remember the hiking at all. I remember my times at camp. I remember the things I was standing still for.

I actually look at them taking 10 days to hike it as being super cool. (I didn't watch the video,, just going off your statement). In fact, I actually want to watch it now, because I'm thinking those guys are way cooler than everyone else. So FREAKING AWESOME that they took that long. How can someone insult them for that. Nature is magical. It's changed me. I would much rather go drink beer with those guys, and have fun, than hang out with someone who wants to make it a competition. I just know 100% of all those people are empty inside their soul.
How come wilderness is so cool you're willing to quit your job to hike, but it's so un cool if you take time to enjoy it?

Life is beautiful man. Why on earth anybody is ever critical of someone else enjoying it is something I can't fathom.
Happy Thanksgiving.
I will say that you may be reading more into my comment than I intended. My thinking was along the lines of - how, and frankly why, could you get ten days of food into little Zpacks arc blasts (their hike was a collaboration between the filmmaker dude and the Zpacks crew)? I've carried ten days of food plenty of times. I would never ever want to do it in a zpacks pack because that just sounds dang horrible. Just not built for that much weight. At any rate, though, you're basically right. My comment was snarky at best and just rude at worst. It certainly didn't edify the trail community at all, and you were right to call me out on it. Both those who move quicker and those who move slower are enjoying the wilderness at their own pace, and good on them. I've hiked this particular trail twice. Once, we took six days to do the 70-mile option, the other we took 4.5 to do the 80-mile option. Both were great trips in their own way, even though they were very different experiences. One at a more relaxed pace (campfires were built, in-jokes flew fast and furious, nice dinners were enjoyed), and one at a more strenuous pace (walked sunup to sundown, did some awesome off-trail, saw a Mystery Wolf). Wouldn't trade either of those experiences for the world.

The funny part, actually, is that I put together a little writeup on my blog a while back, because a lot of IRL people ask me the same questions on the UHT and now I have a place to direct them. It contains this gem:
How long is it? Anywhere from 70-100 miles, depending on your choice of eastern trailhead (more on that below). Call it 6-10 days for your average hiker.
...so the joke's on me.

At any rate, I think it's time to drop the beef and move on. Beers on me if/when I ever run into you on trail dude.
 

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No, his legs and feet are like God after all that hiking. Yours would be too if you'd just done the CDT. Much respect to LarryBoy.
Thanks for the support but I'm actually a pretty slow hiker, relative to others who have done long-distance trails. I'll never be in the 35 mpd crowd. Nor do I really want to be :)
 

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Geez..... I think 10 days is too fast if indeed they did 100 miles....I must be a snail.... I plan 7 miles a day for trips. ..
 
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I watched the ZPacks videos of the hike done by Red Beard. They actually started from the Hwy a couple of days before I finished at Leidy Peak. I had actually been hoping to run into them. They enjoyed themselves and took their time, and also did the side trip to the top of Kings Peak which adds half a day.

I had been aiming to do the hike in 7 days for 80 miles (and would have done so if I'd had company but I pushed myself because camping alone is boring) so the 100 miles in 10 days isn't really that crazy when trying to film and set up for shots as well and not just "vlog the hike" like Red Beard did or just hike like most of us here do.
 

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