The Crest

I’ve been thinking about being out on the trail. The daily grind has been a bit of a grind lately and it is easy to hear the call of the woods. Over the last couple of years, I have been thinking more and more about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I’ve been running and hiking longer distances with the thought spending days on the trail.

I’ve come to hiking fairly late. I didn’t do much of it as a kid, just the usual running around in the woods that surrounded my neighborhood. In my 20s and early 30s, I didn’t have much interest in the outdoors. I lived in a small town and didn’t have much attraction to the woods. Now, as I approach 40, I think about being out in the wilderness a lot.

So now, I think about how I am going to free up a summer and hike that trail. I already know that I’d like to start at the Mexican border in spring. I’ve never hiked the desert, but can imagine the cold nights and the long days of rock and scrub and cacti. In my head, I am already evaluating the clothes that I will wear and the gear that I’ll need to carry.

I really want to start researching nutrition. I have yet to find any good writing on nutrition for hikers. Many people have written about food and provisions, but I really want to see some details on the breakdown of what I would need in the way of protein and carbohydrates and vitamins. I want to plot and plan my trail foods.

I’m looking to escape for a while, to carry my life on my back and keep hours in rhythm with the sun and such. I’ve got it pretty bad right now, this desire to walk somewhere new every day. I’ve got my work cut out for me to get the financial freedom to take the time I will need. I’ll figure it out and I will take that hike along the crest.