Hike your own hike

Categories:Life | PreTrail

I have talked to quite a few people who have hiked the AT, PCT, or other long distance trek and the most common tip or helpful hint for hiking long distance is to “hike your own hike”. I am quickly learning that it not only means physical hiking but it actually relates to many other things on this grand adventure.

As I sit here and research which is the best ( insert gear item here) for what I am about to embark on. I am finding that it really does not matter what everyone else has used to get through their trek. What matters most is how I want to do it and what I choose to use. Sure I can spend upwards of $500 on a sleeping bag but would I be able to save some money get a bag for half the cost and sacrifice a bit of weight sure. I can look at 10 lists of things people took on the AT and maybe half of the gear is right for me.

Many of the books I am reading I have found to be a great resource outside of the gear category. They are outdated even if they are only a few years old. Just like in the technology industry everything changes so quickly that as soon as these books were published they were dated. Now they are great for people who have no idea where to look or even how to start researching gear. I had an an advantage as I have already have experience in researching the gear, brands, and specific needs.

I find myself using others as reference and use their wisdom of experience to “hike my own hike”

How do you hike your own hike?

Happy trails
Adam

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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