[pct-l] Books

Jim and_or Ginny Owen spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 19 10:12:12 CDT 2009

I always carry a book when backpacking, one that will last a while.  In the desert sections, we often holed up in the shade for a couple of hours in the middle of the day.  Too hot to sleep - so what do you do?  I read.  If I didn't have a book, I got bored and moved off too soon, hiking when the heat was extreme and I ended up getting dizzy and without energy.   I also don't like pushing until dark every day - so we usually stop around 5:30 or 6:00 and I rest and read and write in my journal until dark.  If you are a reader, then definitely bring a book.  One of the reasons so many pct hikers do the huge mile days is they have nothing to do at camp, so they keep on hiking until dark.  If you want a more leisurely hike, or if your body requires you to take it a bit easier, then it is a really good idea to have some way of amusing yourself in the evening and in the middle of the day.




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