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  1. website traffic
    website traffic December 8, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Great post, Ray.

    A solid retrospective is an amazing thing. I try to do this and break it into 3 parts:
    – Logistics – travel plan, pre-trip accommodations, food on the trail
    – Daily Routine – Camp setup, daily mileage, daily breaks, snacks, etc – Making notes of what went well and what didn’t.
    – Gear I keep a gear list for trips and post-trip make note of 3 things for each piece – Used or not, Worked well or not, and can it be improved upon?

    These things have really helped me in getting lighter while I hike, planning future trips as well as finding what parts of the trips made me the happiest.

  2. website traffic
    website traffic December 8, 2015 at 10:36 am

    In many ways, the annual JMT Hiker Surveys are intended as kind of a compendium of AARs. Third Annual Survey is just closing now (a bit over 1500 respondents) so few reports are available from 2015. But I have reports on over 1000 hikes from 2013 and 2014. http://bit.ly/JMTfindingreports

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    website traffic December 8, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Excellent article – this is a business “best practice” for any type of project, but love the details you provided in applying it to the JMT. Very, very helpful!

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    website traffic December 9, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I was SO pleased with myself when, in prepping for this fall’s JMT hike, I looked back to my last hike three years ago and found a detailed list of everything that I took AND post-hike notes on what never got used. Didn’t recall having done that. (Admittedly, I have yet to do an AAR on the September JMT hike, but you’ve now prompted me to get on it.)

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