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Drew "HappyHour" Smith
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Date: Tue, Jun 14th, 2016
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Last training hike
Last training hike - 9 miles, 1600 ft EG carrying a 25 lb pack.
The amount of time available to train is inversely proportional to time left before a big hike - taking even a few hours gets harder and harder as more stuff has to get done.
Fortunately I live near mountains where I can get out for a hike with just a few minutes driving.
My training goal is not primarily aerobic fitness. After all, if I get winded I can just stop and catch my breath. Taking an extra hour to make my miles for the day is no big deal. Rather, I am trying to strengthen my joints - feet, knees and hips. If they start hurting, hiking gets pretty brutal pretty quickly, and the only remedy is to get off the trail entirely. Definitely a hazard for old guys.
With luck, my training and a slow initial pace of 15 miles per day should help me avoid that disaster.
The 40-year Section Hike
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org
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