Hiking. Friday , April 27th , 2018 - 21:58:00 PM
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 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.
Hiking Boots and Equipment. Of all the hiking gear and equipment you need your hiking boots are probably the most important. Good boots give you traction and support throughout the hike. A good pair of boots need not be overly expensive even though you should not compromise on quality in the name of lower overall cost. It is advisable that you purchase your boots from a dealer who is conversant with the standards required of outdoor wear. Boots vary from lightweight for light hiking to heavy boots that are more durable and support the feet and ankles. The features you need to look out for when buying your hiking boots include water resistance weight of the boot the price the toe groove for crampons the width of toe box and the gusseted tongue.
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