MVP: A little less can make a big difference
Last spring Pam and I began a through hike of the 77-mile Foothills Trail. We began, but we didn’t finish.
We faced multiple challenges, but one of the most consequential was the knee pain that Pam developed in the second day. Later that year she began getting plantar fasciitis, and I have been having hip pain.
Since then, we have both worked hard to decrease the weight of our packs. During last week’s hike in the Smokys, we had no problems, even on the days we had long steep climbs.
Our efforts have made a dramatic difference in our ability to do a long hike.
Here’s the thing… we only cut a few pounds off our pack weights. Pam’s base weight went from about 20 pounds to 12.
How can eight pounds make such a huge difference?
Today’s intention: Think about what you ask of your people, especially things that are new or changing. What is the “weight” of each of these things? At what point is it too much weight? What might be left out of the pack?