Hiking. Friday , April 27th , 2018 - 21:57:36 PM
I started my hike on April 28 at the Mexican border. I was trying to finish in four months and I had already purchased my return ticket to Peru based on that schedule. The first week went well and then I started getting blisters. I was also hiker faster than most of the others so I was passing a lot of people but not spending much time with them and wasn‘t making any friendships with other hikers. After two weeks I had to take a few days off to let the blisters heal. I also realized that I needed to slow down and spend time with other hikers if I wanted to make friendships which was one of my goals for the hike. After leaving Big Bear CA I did slow down and started hiking with four other people. Two of them were section hiking and one had to stop due to injury but I hiked with go-Big the other one most of the way to the Oregon border.
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.
You may be interested in traveling further away from home for a holiday and need to research hiking parks and trails. The internet is useful for finding the information you need and for other resources like places to stay whilst you are away. Once you have arrived at your destination the local tourist office will have plenty of information available and usually have the most up-to-date information. Sometimes hiking trails or parks have to close for one reason or another so you can get recommendations for other places to hike. You can always the best trails that way. Local residents at your destination will have a good knowledge of the area so you may want to think about asking them some questions about the local trails and the ones that are highly recommended.
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