Josephe Batard. Hiking. April 24th , 2018.
Why would anyone want to spend five months walking from Mexico to Canada? Most through-hikers get asked that question over and over. It‘s like asking a mountain climber why do you climb mountains. For me it started when I was active in the singles group of my church in Manhattan Beach a suburb of Los Angeles. Jason one of the class members started leading monthly hikes for the group usually in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains just north of Los Angeles.
I was already mountain biking roller blading and rock climbing; and enjoyed the mountains and the other group activities so became a regular on the hikes as well. This was the start of my love of hiking. Jason also organized a few camping trips and backpacking trips including to the Grand Canyon. I had been brought up camping but had never done any backpacking before. One trip and I was hooked on that too. On many of the hikes in the Angeles National Forest we would see signs for and hike on part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
So how do you go about finding the ideal hiking trail you may be asking yourself. By taking the time to look at all the trails you will know more of what to expect when you are out hiking and more likely to find the "perfect hiking trail". Here are few guidelines below to give you some idea of what to look out for.
Rope. The rope is a very important mountain hiking gear and for it you will be using a specialized rope. If you are lead hiking then you will tie the rope to your harness this way you will carry the rope with you as you ascend the mountain. You can place bolts and carabiners into the surface on the mountain in order to tack the rope onto it. This way if you are using a belay device and there is a hiker hiking below you will be able to catch your hiking partner in case of a fall.
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