What Training for the PCT Looks Like

With three weeks to go until I start my hike, I’ve been doing lots of little things, including organizing my photos. I’ve been taking photos on my training hikes and I thought it would be nice to look back on this winter and the beginning of spring.

The longest hike I’ve done so far is around 24 km/15 miles in about 4.5 hours. It’s been a balance working full time, getting out hiking as much as possible, and studying for the grad school admissions test that I’m writing before I leave for the PCT. Realistically, I’ve been getting out about twice a week – usually for one longer hike (3-5ish hours) and one shorter hike. I’ve been cross country skiing often, both at work and on my days off.


One of my main concerns has been getting my shoes and insoles figured out. My feet were feeling good until about three hours in, when my feet would start hurting from overpronation. I’ve started using different insoles and so far, so good. My alignment is better and the increased thickness reduces the volume inside the shoes, which makes the fit more secure. Fingers crossed!

Here’s my photo roundup of my winter and spring training hikes so far. I stuck more to sidewalks and urban areas when it was icy or the snow was deep, then I got back on the trails as it warmed up and the snow melted, which my feet and shins appreciated.

One of the first warmish winter days of 2018.

Kalamalka Park with my friend Emma. The trail was covered with windblown snow so we opted to come back on the road instead.

Beautiful day for a hike with my dad on Middleton Mountain. Don Weixl Photo.

Okanagan Rail Trail.

Kal Park. The first significant dry section of trail in 2018.

Finally figured out where to put my phone so it doesn’t get in the way.

This trail in our neighborhood is nice and close, perfect for getting out for an hour or two.

I have had several beautiful days in Kal Park. It’s one of my favorite places.

This was the first day when the birds were really singing. It was warm enough to smell that warm soil smell.

More (almost) dry trail.

Hiking with my pack, while almost everyone else is out walking their dog, makes for many conversations.

Trying out the timer on my new phone. I also tried out the Lifeproof case when it tumbled down from where I had it perched.

A soggy and dark – but beautiful – evening. April 5, 2018.


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    Weasel : Apr 11th

    Oh I’m so jealous of your training locations! You’re going to kill it out there (: After the physical test is completed, the rest is all mental.

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    Shankar Narasimha : Mar 24th

    Would like to know about more Pacific Crest Trail


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