How do you prepare for 3,500+ kilometers of hiking? How do you go from corporate lawyer life to the full-time hiker life (admittedly via 16 months of Rocky Mountain life)? How do you prepare, mentally and physically for such a giant adventure? I’m sure it is different for everyone, but this is how I’m doing it.
I’m a big reader and I love a research project, so I have spent many, many hours reading the adventures and advice of those before me. As well as the big ones (Facebook groups, YouTube and backpacking websites including the Trek), I’ve read some cool books looking at different aspects of life on the trail.
The best resource I’ve come across is the book “Long Trails” by Liz Thomas. This is not specifically an AT book (it covers the three main long trails in the US and other long-ish trails) but it gets right into the nitty-gritty of the preparation for and life on the trail. I borrowed this one from the library early in my AT planning, and I learned so much. I am planning on borrowing it back again soon so I can check my preparation against it.
Being in the Rocky Mountains, it hasn’t really been warm enough to do some hike/camping preparation. Even today, we got a big dump of snow on the higher mountains. So from a camping perspective, my “practicing” so far has been:
It has all been …….