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!
Great pictures, Jon! Looks like the PCT beats the Appalachian trail.
So exciting! Was that a trail name under one of those pictures? How do you like your tent?
Love my tent! Even got to use the fly once for a rain/sleet storm. And yup, I’m Recon 🙂
Awesome! Keep on trekking!
What a great adventure! Loving the photos!!!
Go get em Recon!
Woohoo–it looks so gorgeous there! Did you get an FA on that nice looking granite in the last photo? Keep it up!
The eagle rock has not been climbed as far as I know- I’m told its sacred
Achtung! Where are the GPS coordinates? Are you in oregon yet?
Get off the phone and back on the trail!
Was that a snake or a chipmunk in that photo Abe?
Mile 100 marker in the ground… literally equivalent on this trek to seeing the mile 1 mark in the marathon… you know you started and are ahead or behind anticipated pace, but that’s about all.
This is very cool!
Snake! Not a poisonous one. Hit mile 266 today…10% done!