Rushing Through the Wilderness and Bragging About Big Miles

Jeff Hood in a comment to Michael Lanza's Hike Yosemite in a Week.

I hereby accuse you of rushing through the wilderness. If you see a beautiful waterfall, and you are unable to stop and take your shoes off and spend an hour or so there to enjoy it, or if you don’t get into camp with at least a few hours of daylight left to actually enjoy the site you worked hard to get to, then you are rushing. The fact that you could only “linger” at clouds rest should tell you something right there. I think it is our hectic culture that prompts people to brag about the big daily miles. IMO backpacking is kinda like sex – you certainly don’t want to rush through it as fast as possible, and you certainly don’t want to openly brag about doing so . . .  🙂

I could not agree more, although, I admit, I'm guilty of sometimes rushing though the wilderness myself.

 Backpackers on the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier

Backpackers on the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier