Hiking. Friday , April 27th , 2018 - 21:58:33 PM
Oregon was only three weeks and Washington took four weeks and then it was all over except for the very emotional goodbyes. Unlike the mountaineer who still has to get down the mountain after the summit the hike ended on an emotional high with nowhere to go no descend time to unwind. We spent a couple of days there not wanting to say goodbye and go home. It‘s hard to describe the feeling of watching the mountain peak landmarks pass below on the flight back to L.A five months going by in fast reverse in a couple of hours! And then came trying to go back to a "normal" life when our main concerns for so long were just walking eating and sleeping. Now we were home at least our bodies were but our minds keep wandering back to the trail.
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.
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.
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