When I first started on my hiking journey, I had the plan to take five years to be able to backpack from Mt Hood to the Bridge of the Gods in the Colombian Gorge, but it turns out that I am impatient and maybe even healthier than I had thought. I am able to hike so many more miles in a day than I thought I would be able to do by the end of the summer. This makes me more optimistic that this dream will happen, and it keeps me motivated to continue to work towards the goal. Now instead of the Mt Hood hike being the goal in five years, through hiking the entire PCT in five years is in the works.
This year I worked on hiking regularly and for longer distances. I joined all the 5Ks I could, and I got a handle on my health. Next year, provided nothing goes wrong, I will be making three longer hikes during the summer and monthly day hikes throughout the year. We are going to start off with a backpacking class that will be a multiple day guided hike in the Tahoe area. There are several sources we could use to do this. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, REI, and Sierra Trails all offer classes in backpacking to instruct people new to backpacking on the safety, the trails, and the supplies. They all cost a little and they all have a little something different to offer. We will decide by looking at the best dates and prices. We would like to do this class in June to be prepared to for the Mt Hood hike in July. Then in August, we would like to hike from Donner Pass to Echo Lakes. It is a week-long hike, so it is possible that this hike could be postponed until the following year.
Our rough plan on preparing for the PCT through hike is to hike weekends next summer, a few week long trips the following year, and up to a month long hike in 2018. By then we should be as ready as we can be to make the big 5-6 month hike.
In the meantime, we will have to be learning all we can about hiking, safety, supplies, and anything else we can. I want to learn about trail nutrition. Since I have a food problem, I don’t want to put my nutritional health into jeopardy.