Not all of the PCT is incredible views and magical things. A lot of it is just walking. Kind of plain and monotone.
So to display that I’m gonna guide you through a day in the life of a thru hike. Not only the exceptional things but the daily ones.
I’m planning on doing this for all the sections (except the desert because that’s already over).
Anyway, here a somewhat average day in Northern California.
4:45am. I wake up before the sunrise and refuse to get out of my sleeping bag. 5:15am. Eventually I do get out. This is what camp looks like before packing up. 5:30am. This is after. 5:40am. Getting water out of a stream. 5:45am. Don’t want them teeth to fall out! 6:00am. Finally there are signs of morning light. 7:00am. Crossing one of the million bridges in Northern California. The bridge crosses a beautiful river. 9:00am. Now the sun is fully out and it’s time for shadez. Gotta protect the Scandinavian paleness. 10:30am. The sun quickly gets the sweat running and the feet hot. Luckily there are plenty of streams to cool my feet in. Bathing in streams, trying to control the hiker stench. 11:30am. More water, because this is an endless battle against dehydration. Also a battle against the sun. Time for more sunscreen. When you drink so much water everyday, the taste gets kind of.. boring. Enter drink mix! This is peach ice tea. 12:00pm. More bridge. Time for lunch. I’ll be doing a post in the future on what I eat mostly. 14:00pm. Crossing one of all the dirt roads. Where do they all go? 17:00pm. Literally nothing interesting happened in the 3 hours in between. Just more water, sunscreen application and walking. The trees might not be a great view, but they sure make for some pretty light. 18:00 I got to camp and it’s time for dinner! Ramen is on the menu. 6:30pm. What camp looks like before setting up. 6:45pm. After setting up. Battle scar of the day. 19:00 Simba came along. I’d been ahead of him all day. 20:00pm. After brushing teeth, journaling and preparing for tomorrow, it’s time for bed!
So that’s what a day can look like! Every day will vary quite a bit in views, surroundings and unexpected events. A lot of the routine stays the same though.