Hiking. Friday , April 27th , 2018 - 04:04:27 AM
We carried ice axes but after the first couple of passes they were used mostly for digging cat holes. The sun cups were one of the biggest problems along with post holing in the soft snow in the afternoons. Almost everyone used trail running shoes except the Europeans who wore mountaineering boots. We had wet feet the whole way through the Sierras from the snow and river crossings and much of Washington from the rain and new snow but surprisingly it wasn‘t much of a problem. We did get tired of the snow and needing to be constantly on the search for the trail. I would like to go back and hike the John Muir Trail (most of which is the same as the PCT) in the fall when you can actually walk on the trail.
Apart from your hiking boots there are other forms of equipment needed for you hike. If you plan on embarking on a day hike you will need hiking socks water purifying tablets (if you are not carrying your own water) a back pack walking stick traction devices rescue beacons signaling gear Avalanche probes (if you will be on snow covered hilly terrain) jackets binoculars first aid kit a compass sunscreen and food. For an overnight hike you will require a tent sleeping bag camp stoves rain gear matches a Swiss army knife and a flashlight. Get a map of the route you plan on taking. If you plan to hike alone or with one another person notify your family (or a ranger if you are hiking through a park) on the place where you will be and the time you expect to return. That way someone can come looking for you if you are in trouble or just simply lost.
Oregon was only three weeks and Washington took four weeks and then it was all over except for the very emotional goodbyes. Unlike the mountaineer who still has to get down the mountain after the summit the hike ended on an emotional high with nowhere to go no descend time to unwind. We spent a couple of days there not wanting to say goodbye and go home. It‘s hard to describe the feeling of watching the mountain peak landmarks pass below on the flight back to L.A five months going by in fast reverse in a couple of hours! And then came trying to go back to a "normal" life when our main concerns for so long were just walking eating and sleeping. Now we were home at least our bodies were but our minds keep wandering back to the trail.
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