T-87 Days: Physical Preparation and Mental Stress

By on Jan 24, 2017 in All, Preparation | 0 comments

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Today I file for my PCT permit. OMG!!! This trip is approaching so quickly. It’s definitely becoming a primary focus as I think about preparations at least once a day. This can range from reading articles on resupply to the best time to start the trek. The snowpack has been a consistently nagging worry for me. Over the last week and a half I’ve followed various snow reports which are reporting trail snow between 175-260% of normal. I think part of my fear stems from the fact that I’ve never done any winter camping and only one previous mountaineering trip. So I’ve decided to take a class at the local REI on winter camping. I’m not sure how useful it will be as some of the previous classes I’ve attended there are less than stellar, but it’s at least something I can do to put my mind at ease. I’ve also been training for the last few weeks, however I need to pick up the intensity and frequency. Due to scheduling I’ve only been able to attend a couple of Surba’s classes each week. I also want to start winter hiking. I think I’ll hike up to Lake Blanche this weekend. I also just made another large gear order which includes a bear canister, bug net, and microspikes. I don’t even want to think about how much money this trip will cost me when all is said and done. I’m pretty optimistic that whatever I give up in money will be made up in experiences.

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