Its been a fun* first week on the trail!
(*Fun = physical challenge, meeting many great people, camping miles from anyone, desert heat, surprise midnight ice storms, eating 3 meals before noon, and walking until you hurt. Your definition of fun may vary.)
Now, some details. The PCT is generally a smooth trail with only gradual inclines, made possible by more switchbacks than you can shake a stick at. So, very enjoyable walking, and you can look at the scenery instead of your feet & next steps. Here are some photos to illustrate!
Day 1: Monday 4/6/2015, 17.8mi/28.6km
Day 2: Tuesday 4/7/2015, 19.3mi/31.0km
Day 3: Wednesday 4/8/2015, 18.8mi/30.3km
Day 4: Thursday 4/9/2015, 21.1mi/34.0km
Day 5: Friday 4/10/2015, 21.0mi/33.8km
Day 6: Saturday 4/11/2015, 11.5mi/18.5km
While photos are good at summarizing the good stuff, they don’t convey that it happens against the backdrop of a sufferfest. Think walking a marathon every day, while carefully rationing your food and water. And not walking too far/fast, or else your body breaks down faster than it can heal itself.
But its an amazing place, lots of super awesome people ( both hikers and locals), and its been 100% sunny 7 days straight. I didn’t think that kind of weather was even possible.
Till next week– happy trails!