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Readjusting After A Trip

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:32 pm

How many of you experience "Wilderness Fog" and need a readjustment or a getting used to period once back civilization? How long does being in the wilderness affect your interactions with others and/or getting back into the flow of work again? Do you readjust faster after shorter trips as opposed to longer ones, or is it about the same after most trips? Does going solo make any difference? Do you readjust quicker if you go with a group? Does going crosscountry, away from other hikers make the readjustment time longer and does the experience fade away slower for you?

Wilderness Fog: Where ones mind continues to be in the wilderness, heightened agitation or annoyance of heavy traffic or large crowds and difficulty on concentrating at work because you mind is still in that perfect basin or on top of the 14000ft peak.
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:42 pm

Mav,

Do you mean the hundreds of unread emails after a week out? :)

Personally, I feel heavy but content when I return from a week long trip. Not sure how to describe "heavy." It's not a weight thing and not tired either. Usually I travel with one or two others, so it's not about being anti-social where I need to readjust to people.

Cross country has no effect either way. Actually, that stimulates the brain better than a trail schlog.
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:49 pm

Personally, I feel heavy but content when I return from a week long trip. Not sure how to describe "heavy." It's not a weight thing and not tired either. Usually I travel with one or two others, so it's not about being anti-social where I need to readjust to people.


Does the "heaviness" start when you get home or work Russ? How long does it last?
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby Cross Country » Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:55 pm

On one trip I went to Mc Clure Meadow, a lake above it, went back to the JMT, Orchid, Apollo (great fishing that time), Cirque (LO day), camped in the direction of Chamberlin Lake, and to Chambelin where I was looking for a ride back to Florence. It was Labor Day so there were people there. After a short while there I asked them for a ride and of course the said yes. I had not talked to anyone for 4 days and it was a little uncomfortable talking to them but I had to because I REALLY wanted that ride. You need to know I am a REALLY gregarious person but I didn't want to talk to anyone. I talk probably more than anyone you know.. Being alone can do a real number in your head. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:00 pm

maverick wrote:
Personally, I feel heavy but content when I return from a week long trip. Not sure how to describe "heavy." It's not a weight thing and not tired either. Usually I travel with one or two others, so it's not about being anti-social where I need to readjust to people.


Does the "heaviness" start when you get home or work Russ? How long does it last?


I think it's the body readjusting to life at sea level. nothing more, nothing less.
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby Cross Country » Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:11 pm

This is the only pic I have of one of those lakes. It was taken by a backpacker at Apollo Lake and sent to me. We didnn't catch one fish from Apollo on that trip dispite the fact I caught 10 large golden (and ate them all) on my firsr trip there.

Mike at Apollo.
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:56 pm

I talk to people for a living, and it can be tough to get my head in the room with them after a weekend of high Sierra. I just readjusted as of Wednesday, and now I'm turning around and going right back out tomorrow.

Oh, well. \:D/
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:11 pm

I start getting readjustment fatigue before I even get to the trailhead. Especially after many days solo not meeting anyone. Then you get hit by tons of day-hikers, smells of freshly washed clothing (I can smell Tide from a mile!) and all the chit-chat. Once I was out a week and never saw a person. I purposely avoided a person that I spotted in the distance because I did not want to talk. It is kind of funny actually talking out loud after a week of total silance. I am not inclined to talk out loud to myself. I have been on 14-day trips and only met a few people. A few times when I met people I trip, fall in a creek or do something else stupid. Very embarrising.

The easiest thing to adjust to is a hot shower! I could care less about food.

The worst part for me is dropping from pure mountain air into the thick 100+degree smog of Sacramento. Ugh!! I always have a headache the first night and cannot sleep due to the heat. I do not mind the driving much. My route to the east side of the Sierra is quite nice - really a part of the entire trip. The west side (Sequoia) on the other hand is not a nice drive. Hwy 99 with all the trucks really drives me nuts. Hwy 49 and into Yosemite is not bad.

I was once on a 3-week ski mountaineering NOLS course in December in Wyoming. We rarely had a day above 0 degree F and most nights were down to -30 F. After that, going inside was like walking into an oven. You really do adjust to temperatures. Nice thing about winter is that you really do not get that dirty. Snow is pretty clean.

It helps if your family lets you decompress a day before making demands. My work was pretty interesting and self-directed so I never had much trouble going back to work. Now that I am retired, I find it easier to camp near the trailhead the last night, walk 2-3 hours to the car and then have a leisurely drive home and get there before rush hour traffic. My husband is sweet - he usually has a meal and wine for me (from the deli since he does not cook).

And unpacking and cleaning up the gear is a pain. Wish I had a maid to do that!
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby wildhiker » Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:15 pm

After even just a couple of days in the wilderness, I start to get more relaxed, calm, serene. Less clutter in my mind. More tuned into nature. Then it starts to unravel during the drive home dealing with traffic. If the next day is a work day, I feel all frenzied to "catch up", and the peace is all gone. Then I'm dreaming about going back to the mountains.
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby Cross Country » Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:43 pm

Imagine what it's like to backpack over 500 days in your life and now be 73 with a bad heart and unable to go. That's me and that sucks. I hate bad traffic too.
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby oldranger » Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:17 am

Maybe because last days are generally long even though mostly downhill and followed up with a long drive I usually feel lethargic for about 3 days after I get home. But then maybe it is all the "honey do's" that await me after 3 to 6 weeks away from home? Or maybe it is just because I am old? Certainly no issue with returning to civilization. It is always good to return to Bend! Beer! Wife! My own bed! hot showers! Did I mention Beer?
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Re: Readjusting After A Trip

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:52 am

I don't seem to notice much of a mental adjustment when I return for reasons similar to OR's comments: I thoroughly enjoy the backcountry but when my trip is over, I look forward to my return home: to family, to that shower, the good beer, and the comfy bed. The only adjustment for me is physical. A tough off trail backpacking trip is more punishing than any other athletic activity I do. I tend to take a couple of days back at sea level before I've fully recovered from "mountain lag". This is in terms of fatigue, given that some body parts may take a lot longer to fully recover (hyperextending a knee or something is an example). I don't tend to feel this "mountain lag" except after my toughest trips. A normal overnighter, or dayhike won't bring on "mountain lag". I have in fact had "mountain lag" after my more extreme stints of geologic field work, too. In contrast to this, I am not one who suffers from jet lag, even on trans oceanic flights in either direction (ie either direction across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans). I adjust my sleeping schedule on the flights according to my landing times at the destinations and I'm good to go. Returning from a tough backpacking trip is another matter. I figure on two nights of sleep where I knock off earlier than usual (to get more sleep) before I'm fully back on track.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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