How to Prepare/Train for a 2,000 Mile Thru-Hike?
How does Michael plan to prepare for his AT thru-hike?
I know a lot of people do a lot of things to prepare for a thru-hike. As this is my first one, I did some research on the topic, mostly out of curiosity. I know that some people carry a weighted backpack with them everywhere they go. People wear ankle weights all the time, and start hitting the gym more frequently. Some people go on hikes more often. That’s cool… all of it… but I don’t think I need it. I live a pretty active life. I do landscaping for a living; pushing mowers, carrying weed eaters, and toting backpack blowers up and down hills alllllll over for eight hours a day. I go hiking, I go kayaking, and I go on lovely walks to the farmers market with my girlfriend some Saturdays. Speaking of my girlfriend, she bought a house last winter and so we also spend lots of time digging and hauling and hammering and things of that nature.
That being said…
I do, however, plan on planning some plans. I’m planning on approaching the plans I plan to plan, with the plan that the plans I plan to plan will be planned loosely. “But Mike, why do you plan on planning the plans you plan to plan with the plan that your plans will be planned loosely?” you ask. Because at 39 years old, I know that the universe has plans for planners who plan plans, and those plans don’t always go along with what the planner had planned when they planned the plans they planned.
Seriously, though? I don’t know, man. Dang! I’m gonna plan for some supply drops and some grocery stops. Oh! And some visits from my girlfriend? But other than that I’m in good physical shape and I’m just gonna go with the flow. After all, it’s just a walk in the woods, right?
As one of my idols, Jack Burton, says, “It’s all in the reflexes.”
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