Valentine Breton. Hiking. April 27th , 2018.
If you intend to go hiking this summer or enjoy hiking as a part of your year-round activities making sure you have all the right gear in place will help you to get the most out of your hiking while ensuring that you still look good when you‘re out on the trail. Of course depending on where you‘re going to be hiking you will often need different types of gear but we‘ll come to that shortly. By making sure you‘ve got good hiking shoes it will avoid typical walking problems from cropping up such as blisters and sores which can ruin an otherwise really great day.
From the Mexican border to Manning Park British Columbia Canada took 151 days. It was an experience I will never forget. God showed me His faithfulness and provision every step of the way. The friendships made on the hike are very special the shared experiences of the joys hardships and dangers of the trail made for deep and lasting bonds. I could not have completed the hike without the help of many of those I spent a lot of time hiking with. Others added a rich dimension to the experience and made it a delight even through the difficult times. I give thanks to God first and then to each one that He provided to make the hike such a wonderful experience.
Many people have commented on it as being "The trip of a lifetime". I understand what they mean but I have a problem with that. There is a common disease that affects many long distance through-hikers. I have the disease and there is no cure. It is only alleviated to some degree by going on another long hike. When and where I don‘t know but I‘m sure it will happen. It‘s been 11 months since I finished the hike and I can still spend hours looking through some of the thousands of photos or watching someone‘s slide show and every time I do I wish I could grab my backpack and head back to the trail. Just writing this and thinking about it causes me to get emotional and longing for the "simple" life on the trail. Of course like most difficult but rewarding experiences it‘s easy to forget the hard times and only remember the good.
Carry Water. Always carry your own water. If you are sure there will be water at your destination carry just slightly more than sufficient water to last until you arrive. Water is of greater importance than food to your survival. Always filter any water you find along the trail and that you are in need of using - unless the water is from a natural spring. If you can fix a long drinking straw to the water bottle so you can drink as you move the better.
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