In the upcoming days I have 2 friends departing on thru hike attempts of the PCT, one friend heading abroad to India for several months, and my own mini adventure of the Zion Traverse trail run all taking place. Another friend just completed her first half-Iron Man triathlon. Everyday people DO do exceptional things. These are the sorts of things we’ll look back on and remember what it meant to each of us to overcome the barriers between impossible and possible, to sweat, hurt, and to feel exhilarated, and to have shared it with our friends and family.
This post is sort of about nothing, but also, it isn’t. It’s a small reminder to make time to have your own adventure; small or big it doesn’t matter. It’s also a prelude to some content we’ll be posting in the weeks ahead. While our friends are out hiking the PCT we’ll be tracking their progress and updating a “rolling” post as they check in with civilization to share thoughts, photos, and maybe even answer a question or two.
That’s hundreds of thousands of calories over ~14 weeks vs. thousands of calories over ~14 hours! The above contrast is just one of many that I’ve been pondering over, all of which lead me to wonder… is backpacking really an activity? It might seem like an absurd question at first blush, but I really felt that it was a question worth exploring so I decided to put it before a few friends whose responses I’ll be posting soon. I think the resulting thought processes will be interesting and may provoke others to consider the issue.
A full report on my Zion run will be in the works as well, that is, if the run doesn’t kill me off. If nothing else, adrenaline alone will keep me alive. Exciting times!
Well, whatever content ultimately passes muster with our “publish” button, whether nonsense. or trip report, or gear talk – the main idea is to get outdoors and have fun. So here’s to your next adventure, and may our paths someday cross on the trail or off! Hike It. Like It.