Welcome to the fourth post on the series!
On the previous post, I have covered my checklist for all the stuff that I will be carrying.
On this post, I will go over my plan for the typical day on the hike.
A day on the hike plan
- Wake up by 5:00 AM: I want to get started as early as possible. I am considering that 35 KM will take 8 to 12 hours to accomplish each day, depending on accumulated height, weather conditions, mojo, etc. I will need time to find a resting place, shower, wash clothes, shop for next day breakfast/snacks.
- Depending where I sleep either have breakfast or hit the road and eat while hiking
- No hard schedules apart from start during the hike. Main things to keep in mind:
- Start no later than 06:30 AM
- Walk in slots no longer than 2 hours, have a break
- Ideally cover 50%~60% of the day by 12:00 PM. Start warming up plan B for the night if out of this range.
- Eat when hungry
- Drink before being thirsty
- Have a longer break ~1PM. Get off the legs, stretch, leverage washing clothes in a self-service store for example, or shop for goods if needed.
- If arriving late to the sleeping place, stop to shop, as needed, for dinner, breakfast and snacks for next day
- Snapshot on key locations or findings. I’m a sucker for these, but when I’m tired I couldn’t care less, so lets see how it plays out…
- Record when something comes to mind. Voice recorder with voice to speech will be a big help here
- Post occasionally on Instagram to keep family and friends up to date
- When arriving to the sleep site:
- Dress for next day
- Take light backpack with values and go out!
- Call home #familymoment
- Have a beer and embrace the day’s accomplishment by taking notes to support blog and associated projects
- Light meal if I feel like it
- Relax for a while and recharge power banks
- Repack for next day as much as possible to reduce noise in the morning
- Hit the sack no later than 10:30 (skeptic about this one, but lets see)
This is a plan! I’m an Agile fan and aligned with the concept that plans are useless; planning is everything. This means I will adapt as time goes by.
I have the feeling that I will lough my heart out, when I return and reread these plans…!
Next post will be focused on lessons learned so far.