Hiking. Friday , April 27th , 2018 - 21:58:07 PM
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.
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.
Belay Device. If you are worried about falling while mountain hiking then you should essentially carry a belay device with you. A belay device is a small unit with two slots through which the rope is fed. If you are not hiking alone then using a belay device will allow you to hike above or below your hiking partner. If you are hiking above your hiking partner then you can pull back on the rope if hiking partner begins falling or vice versa.
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