Many of us have asked, could I be a thru-hiker? Could I hike most days, all day long, from spring to fall? Would I have the physical endurance to climb endless mountains? Would I have the mental toughness to go on even when my heart tells me to stop?
The only true way to answer these questions is to attempt a thru-hike.
Planning an epic hike begins with the collection of trail information. There is plenty of advice out there. Joe Brewer, a triple crown hiker, provides some insight into what a typical day of thru-hiking looks like.
Joe Brewer completed his hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2012, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014, and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2015. His video below shows his final full day on the CDT. We can see the typical beginning of a thru-hiker’s day, the difficulty of finding some sections of the trail, a windy lunchbreak, the big sky of the afternoon’s hike, and dinner at the end of the day.
All long distance trails are different. A hike changes each day. Yet, many of the day’s activities remain the same. A hiker must eat, filter water, take breaks, and set up camp.
If you enjoyed watching Joe’s video, you’ll find more videos on the Joe Brewer Youtube channel. Joe’s blog, Backcountry Banter, provides more information and insights about backpacking long distance trails.
What online resources have you found to be useful when planning your long distance hike?