How is it I have REPACKED my backpack several times and each time I have removed items I believe I can live without, and my pack is heavier than the first weight?!? It’s called second guessing, of which I am the master. So now I’m just settling with Ready or Not.
My three rules for the first three weeks of the hike are:
Take baby steps
Take as much ibuprofen as you want
Don’t care what others think of you as you are stumbling up a mountain, crying.
I did, however, survive the Colorado March blizzard of 2016 and I kinda liked it. Snow is not bad when you are not in the dirty, gritty city, and hiking at 25° in dry climate feels about the same temperature as my bedroom in a New Orleans humid winter. Maybe warmer!
So I’m back in New Orleans and praying every morning for a cold front since I have only winter clothes until I leave for Georgia on Saturday.
And packing and repacking and second guessing… Do I really need toilet paper?