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Old 07-25-2021, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Yes, I really like Hawk's style. I prefer someone walking along with the camera, versus the back and forth setups like Quicksand does so he can film himself hiking. It makes me tired just thinking about.

It's funny because both Hawk and Quicksand talk about how they are tree guys and forest guys, etc. and they are doubting the desert portion of the hiking it seems (as far as those other trails go). I think I can relate to the security of all that water on the AT.

But we'll see - I would watch either of them on a different trail for sure!
Yeah I agree about those walk by shots. What a waste of time for nothing. It's seems a bit narcissistic, but those shots are sure popular with many YouTubers. I also prefer the vlog style of just holding the camera. It's so much more real.

I didn't know that Hawk was doubting the desert section, but it doesn't surprise me. I think he is doubting the entire CDT. But the Southern New Mexico section is pretty ridicules. The Southern Terminus for the CDT should be at Silver City NM, not at the Mexican Border. There is no good reason for anybody to be hiking south of Silver City. It's just a desert wasteland. It's not even really a part of the Continental Divide. It's so flat and dry that nothing drains out of it. So there is no distinguishable divide line there. It's a horrible place to hike.

But that is not the biggest problem for CDT hikers. They all get through New Mexico just fine. Their problems start in Colorado when they try to hike over 14,000 foot peaks. The lack of oxygen gets to them quick. Of the eight CDT thru hikers I have been following, I would not be surprised if none of them finish the CDT. One of them Stella Hikes, who I thought had the best chance of finishing, quit right after the San Juan Mountains. The rest all seem to be close to quitting at any moment. Another YouTuber who I was really impressed with was JeniferJourneys. I started following her when she was hiking through the San Juan Mountains. She took the high route all the way through the San Juans. Her and IB TAT were the only ones to accomplish that. Everybody else took the low route at some point. But she seems to have been losing it now. She is now bouncing between the high and low routes.

Here is another CDT hiker, who I've been following, but I don't think I have posted any of his videos yet. Kirt Lewis, his videos are pretty simple and not very long, but he has been getting some great views. This was his last video of him up on Glacier Peak in Colorado.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5Dz758DiqE&t=2s
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Old 07-25-2021, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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An update on Meandering.MeganB who I posted about in the beginning of this thread. Her thru hike of the AT is starting to look like a perfect example of how not to thru hike. She pushes herself way too much. She is now hiking with a healing fractured foot as well as a freshly fractured wrist.

I can't see anyway she can possibly complete her thru hike, yet she is refusing to give up.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NQ9KD_XWWc
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Old 07-26-2021, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Why the fascination with hiking the "big three" trails end-to-end?

Are those the hiking channels that get the most subscribers?
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Old 07-26-2021, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Why the fascination with hiking the "big three" trails end-to-end?

Are those the hiking channels that get the most subscribers?
First question. I can understand hiking the trails end to end. If I was young enough I would totally do it. What I don't understand is the obsession to do each trail in one year. Personally I would rather take my time and enjoy it, rather then pushing myself the way these people do. But a Triple Crown is a great way to see the most beautiful parts of 22 states, using nothing more then your feet.

Second question, I don't think so. The hiking channels with the most subscribers seem to be the ones that do very little hiking and just spend their time reviewing hiking gear.
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Old 11-10-2021, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Southern New England
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We've been really enjoying SUV RVing on YT recently. His (Tristan) videos are really well done, he puts a lot of effort into them and, as OP wrote on this thread back on page one, he goes to some beautiful places. (and he is not afraid to really hike) I only wish he'd wear hiking boots and use a hiking stick, but that's just me.

His videos are definitely worth a look-see.
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Old 11-10-2021, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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We've been really enjoying SUV RVing on YT recently. His (Tristan) videos are really well done, he puts a lot of effort into them and, as OP wrote on this thread back on page one, he goes to some beautiful places. (and he is not afraid to really hike) I only wish he'd wear hiking boots and use a hiking stick, but that's just me.

His videos are definitely worth a look-see.
SUV RVing is awesome. I love his videos.

Most of the thru hiking videos seem to be over for this year, but I've still been watching a few. Meandering.MeganB and Kelly Hays Hikes are still uploading very delayed videos of their Appalachian Trail hikes. After Meandering.MeganB's hike kind of fell apart, I started watching Kelly Hays Hikes on the AT. She is a pretty amazing hiker.

And I'm watching HikingAmerica (Magpie and Constantine) finishing up their North Country Trail thru hike from Vermont to North Dakota. North Dakota is proving to be just as bad as I thought it would be for them. Barron treeless landscape, high winds and freezing temperatures. You have to be really dedicated to do that.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEqUafgzk90


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAD6Ynm_7cg
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Old 11-11-2021, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Southern New England
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Tristan (suv rving) has a thing going where he is climbing the highest point in each state. He's done most all of the western ones. And in his video that we watched last evening, he said he was also working on climbing each county high point in Utah. So, in addition to the great scenery, he keeps his audience engaged. Smart. (he also asks for feedback at the end of each video, another way to engage his audience. Again, smart.)

But I have to say that my feet hurt just watching him hike in old sneakers with no stick. I think part of the reason he does this is bc he is actually also a rock climber and as such, he is used to footwear that can grip a climbing surface. I've hiked in lightweight footwear and have paid for it in discomfort for days afterward. And not to go on about it to excess, but a hiking stick also makes the task so much easier.. a third leg improves balance and spreads the effort. (Tristan has talked in a couple of his videos about having some sort of hip surgery so...) And now that I'm thinking about all of this, goodness gracious stop buying all those prepackaged snack foods and make your own - raw oatmeal, nuts, dry fruit and a bit of honey to make it sticky.. carry in a little bag, scoop out as needed and Bob's your uncle.

Anyway, I can hear a couple of "ok, boomer" responses, but that's ok. I guess it's just a bit of the mom coming out of me. As we age, the care we gave our bodies in our younger years pays off with less pain and discomfort. ;-)

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Old 11-27-2021, 03:31 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Nothing new but HikingAmerica has started a new channel where he edits his videos down for people who don't want to hear him ramble for 30 or 40 minutes while he hikes. It's probably a good idea. It seems his channel growth is being stifled because some people find his personality a bit irritating.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0gPxKAOSz0
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Old 11-30-2021, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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We've been really enjoying SUV RVing on YT recently. His (Tristan) videos are really well done, he puts a lot of effort into them and, as OP wrote on this thread back on page one, he goes to some beautiful places. (and he is not afraid to really hike) I only wish he'd wear hiking boots and use a hiking stick, but that's just me.

His videos are definitely worth a look-see.
I've watched his videos a couple times and I like his style. He recently went to this spot in CO that I was glad to watch, because it showed me never to go there. He said there were no trails and basically shuffled down this rocky incline the whole time. It was pretty for a view, but that is it. It was called Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
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Old 11-30-2021, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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The Bangor Daily News has a staffer who's been recording short YouTube videos day-hiking trails all over Maine for a few years now. The series is called "1-minute hike". I like them because they're fairly short and easy to watch, the guide is upbeat, and it gives you awareness of all kinds of cool hiking trails in the state, and you easily get an idea of what you'll see.

Just an example, there are dozens of these.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54ndp9B_93Y
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