Planning for the PCT, or, Unknown Unknowns

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.” – Virginia Woolf

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Photo by flickr user David~O

Part of preparing for a six-month long-distance hike is clear necessity. What will I eat? What will I wear? Where will I sleep? There’s no way to strike out into the wilderness without planning for the rudimentary basics of survival.

Another huge part of planning, though, is just mitigating anxiety about things I don’t know, and the things I don’t know I don’t know. Continue reading