Josephe Batard. Hiking. April 23rd , 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.
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.
You realize how long California is when you hike the whole way it took three months and one week to reach Oregon but I never got tired of the continually changing and always beautiful scenery. From Mt. Shasta on we had numerous forest fires causing hazy skies beautiful sunsets and closed trails and detours. For the last month we weren‘t sure we would be able to finish the trail at Manning Park. We did have to skip a section in Oregon due to fires but the final section before the Canadian border reopened just before we got there. Unlike some just ahead of us we were able to finish at the official terminating point and get our pictures at the border monument. That is the through-hiker‘s "summit" moment similar to when a mountaineer reaches the top of the mountain.
Hiking up a gigantic mountain can be a significantly freeing experience. Walking over a tall mountain so close to nature and surrounded by a tranquil environment can prove to be an invigorating experience. The good part is that you need an astonishingly limited array of mountain hiking gear if you want to go mountain hiking. Make sure you fulfill the following list of gear if you are planning to set out on an adventurous mountain hiking venture.
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