And Lori, you are such a silly paranoid goose - why carry all of that etra stuff? You could take a book bag also.
I've seen many a tough hiker totalled by Nevada Falls. Gee lets take the SLR and all of the lenses and the big binoculars to enjoy the view from the top. I think its 22 miles round trip with like 6,000 feet elevation change going up Half dome. Could your friend hike 22 miles in a day where its flat? Does she live at sea level?
Maybe you should trell her that you're not hiking with her anymore unless she changes her ways. She could get you in trouble trying to help her.
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My hydration bladder capable day pack is much smaller than her bookbag and totally comfortable. I put up to 15 lbs in it just to be carrying weight, in prep for carrying a full backpack.
I'm certainly not going to hike with her to Half Dome. I'm not going to Half Dome at all, I'm perfectly aware of how out of shape I am; I'd rather not hurt myself. We're in a hiking group together. I suspect she's unhappy that I left her behind on the trail but she's not the sort who tells you such things... guess we'll go on the group hikes and the rest of the time I'll be on my own.
At least she listened to me about the running shoes? Of course, she slipped on granite in the running shoes, so that was incentive. She bought some spendy hiking boots. Now she thinks she's done with gear. I don't know that I want to be around when she decides she really needed that emergency gear I was so paranoid to carry everywhere - though I don't wish her any harm, and want her to be safe.