Josephe Batard. Hiking. April 27th , 2018.
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.
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.
Hiking Boots. Among the essentials in any set of hiking gear would definitely be hiking boots. And you will need to choose them carefully based on where you‘re planning on walking. For most purposes a good set of hiking boots should remain waterproof and provide support especially to the ankles which can often twist easily if you‘re going to be hiking for a long day or on rough terrain.
It‘s also important that one watch out for sunstroke when hiking in the hot sun. If you plan on hiking in the summer then you must be aware that the exposure to high temperature can cause excessive fluid loss which may lead to heat exhaustion or in serious cases even to a heat stroke. Wear a hat that is broad rimmed and that has a strap. It gives better protection from hot wind and direct sunlight.
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