I love backpacking, but it is not something that comes easily to me, which is why I am so enamored. As a person that struggles with a mental illness, it is common to live in my head and be at the whim of my emotional impulses. Backpacking demands I get out there in the physical world; it helps me to be present, to work, to overcome obstacles, and find success on top of mountains. It pushes me to be tenacious and accept emotional transience. Besides, the best places in the world are the ones you have to walk to! I will be thru hiking the PCT in 2016- you can follow along here, and read about past PCT adventures at gottahike dot com.
Even though the weather is much cooler than when the herd will be walking through these parts, it's still hot. A 75 degree day here feels like 95 to me. I don't know how people do it when it is actually hot.
I turned 40 earlier this month. I don’t think I ever really believed I’d get this far. I’m feeling like maybe I don’t need to settle for the status quo and am compelled instead to find out how far I can push past self-limitations. Can a late bloomer such as myself reach for radical change and achieve it?
My pack is weighing in at 12.5 pounds right now. I’m not sure whether this is the final edit. I still have 27 days to worry and fret over a few ounces here and there. Most of this stuff I used extensively last year and found to be reliable gear. Some items are new. Here is an informal gear list just for the heck of it.
Now that I’m about 2.5 months away from my PCT start date, I’ve been having lots of day dreams about the first 78 miles I did last March, from Campo to Scissors Crossing. This year, my husband Aaron will walk Section A with me. There’s so much I can’t wait for him to see.....
The shoes were very comfortable and lightweight, and quite breathable. They did feel strange when I first walked with them; my feet seemed to rock heel to toe more. The adjustment period was quick, though, and it didn’t take much time at all to go on longer hikes with them.
Four years ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type 2, at the age of 35. I was perpetually at the whim of my emotions, which often cycled drastically in
So, in conclusion, Readers, I need to revise my “Why I’m doing the PCT” declaration. Oh, most of it is still true, but I am no longer doing it for my family. I’m doing it against my family......
An example of how most of my conversations go with my husband when we are hiking long distances. Existential worry, anyone?
Let’s hear it for Resupply Buddies. They are often the silent partner in your thru-hike. Here are 8 thoughts on how we can appreciate them.
I currently tend to think that the amount of fun to be had on the trail is going to be proportionate to how in shape the hiker is. Still, people don’t need to train for a thru-hike if they don't want to.