What I’ve Learned in 300 Miles

April 18-May 1

Day 16-28

Idyllwild to Cajon Pass

Mile 179.4 to 342 (162.6 hiked)

Kilometer 288.7 to 550.4 (261.7 hiked)

Three zeros

This section was pivotal for me, because I passed the point where I left the trail last year. As I approached my turning point, I worried that my state of mind was a result of knowing the trail up to Big Bear. I wondered if new trail would send me into my old thinking patterns. As I walked lost in my thinking, I saw the telltale sign of trail magic, a blue tent. After some coffee, breakfast burritos, and new people, I continued confident and happy down the trail. And didn’t look back.

After thinking about what I would write for this post, I decided it might be time to post some things I’ve learned so far this year. After all, I passed both 300 miles and 500 kilometers in this last section. So without further ado:

What I’ve Learned in 300 Miles

Things constantly change

Each day brings such variety. The trail you start the day on will probably be completely different at the end of the day. It will also probably change several times over the day. And not only the trail will change, so will your mood, the weather, the weight of your pack…

Hiking poles will save you

I can’t count the number of times my hiking poles saved me from falling on my face or off the trail. They will, however, also try to trip you at least once.

The art of peeing

Always pee facing downhill. Also, you will inevitably need to pee five minutes after getting back on trail after a break or as soon as there is no longer any cover to hide behind. However, you will stop caring if anyone can see you peeing after that one time you don’t realize the trail hooks around and passes by you on the other side.

Hiking into town rocks

The days you hike into town are the best because that’s when your pack is at its lightest with the least amount of food and water. Conversely, leaving town is the hardest with a pack full of resupply, fresh fruit, and that big jar of Nutella.

Well, it’s time to head out for another exciting day on the PCT, aka a¬†huge climb, potential snow camping, a long water carry, amazing views, beautiful campsites, and great trail friends.

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Comments 1

  • Mike Wurm : May 3rd

    Great job Annette! Very inspiring to us desk bound schlubs.


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