First thoughts / by Luke Weisman

I'm on the pacific crest trail.

I'm on the pacific crest trail!

Shit...I'm on the pacific crest trail...

I hiked 26 miles day one, too far to start. I need to save those big days until I'm stronger and need to pull them.

Secondary thoughts

Everything hurts. What have I done to myself!

My feet feel like a million degrees, my hips where the bag rides are killing my, my shoulders also feel it under the bag strain, and my toes, my poor poor toes, little flesh balls, just waiting to become blisters.

It's strange, at 6:30 am you can still feel everything, you get the pack on, it's loaded with the water for the day, it's heavy, it's there, but at 7:30 you're at cruising speed, it all goes away. The only sad part, is it always comes back, always.

My favorite piece of equipment so far, and by a long shot, are the trekking poles (also known as my crutches)! I've never hiked with them before, and going forward I'll never leave home with out them. When you're going up hill, they give you leverage and an extra boost, and when you're going down hill, they can support you. They're great for a water crossing, for balance and for sword fights. Ok, I haven't had to use them in battle yet, but I definitely would if the situation arose.

My least favorite piece of gear I currently carry is sadly my camera, it weights a ton! I'm currently debating with myself about sending it home, and just going with the iPhone. I'll give it another week to see how I feel.

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