15 Things I Learned on a 4 Day Shakedown
Over 4 days, I went 45 miles. I was pushed to my limits, my body hurt, but my spirits were still high! My gear held up AMAZINGLY. I had all types of weather to endure- snow, rain, sunshine. Here is a list of just a few things I learned:
- I’m faster going uphill than down. After miles and miles of downhill, my knees really ache.
- The Sawyer Mini flow rate SUCKS.
- I need a camp seat. Sitting on the wet, muddy ground is no fun.
- Muddy trails are more slippery than they appear. (I fell on my butt twice).
- You can indeed get sunburnt even if it’s 30 degrees out.
- Listening to music helps me get into a good hiking speed.
- After about 5 miles in the morning, I get in the zone and don’t want to stop at all. Just gotta get over the hump in the mornings.
- Eat snacks while hiking. It’s like a little reward to keep walking.
- Don’t stop for a break while walking uphill- you’ll notice everything that hurts.
- Take breaks at a pretty view because many others will stop too, and you’ll meet amazing people!
- I dislike shelters solely because of mice. Ew ew ew.
- Apparently having a 50+ pound pack is not that uncommon. (I met at least 4 people with 50+).
- I’m glad I’m thru hiking SOBO because the NOBO “bubble” hasn’t even come through and there’s already SOOOOO many people on the trail.
- Hiking while it’s snowing is probably the worst thing ever. You literally lose sight of White Blazes (mainly the ones on rocks).
- Post trail depression is a REAL thing. I have it after only being on trail for 4 days. I cannot wait to start my thru hike in June!!
Good luck to everyone I met on my section hike! You all are incredible, and I’m cheering you on! See you somewhere up north!!
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