[Cdt-l] Getting in shape for the trail

Jennifer Hanson jennifer.hanson at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 2 04:23:45 CST 2015

Well said.  One piece of advice I wish I had heard/followed prior to starting from the Mexicon border on April 1 was to visit a tanning booth a few times before heading out.  We suffered from the sun somewhat needlessly.


Jennifer A Hanson


“Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey”



From: Cdt-l [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net] On Behalf Of Scott Williams
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2015 2:52 AM
To: Mary Kwart
Cc: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Getting in shape for the trail


Hey Fireweed, I completely agree.  Keeping in hiking shape is the single most important thing I do to make my long summer hiking possible and fun.  Some folks do hit trail and get in shape over the first few weeks, but sheer misery on the trail during that early period is the single most important contributor to early drop out that  I've seen on either the PCT or the AT.  The CDT seems to have a more seasoned crew starting and it's less of a problem here, but train early and train hard and you'll toughen your feet slowly over the preseason and strengthen your legs and there will be much less pain when you actually find yourself walking day after day, week after week with a pack on your back.  It's just a lot more fun when you hit the trail running and not hobbling.



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