crazyrunnerguy saidHas anyone here completed it as a thru hike or another trail equivalent to it? I am seriously considering a thru hike sometime in 2015; either solo or with a partner. I will admit this will be a very different challenge, considering the longest trail I ever thru hiked was in Minnesota (Superior Hiking Trail). I've been doing extensive research into the trail and its resources.
Anyone have advice, stories or experiences they'd like to share?
I'm very interested in doing this as well, and 2015 might be far enough away that I could plan for it.
I've hiked many sections of the trail through the Sierra, which is probably the longest sustained period at high elevation along the trail. In general I found it to be exceptionally well-maintained and nice for hiking. Snow fields were all solidly boot-packed, making for pretty quick travel.
Did you read "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed? It's more about her personal journey than the trail, but I still thought it was a good read.
Oh, and you're the guy who's also trying to improve his 5K! Honestly, I think distance running is the best, most time-efficient training for backpacking that there is.