It’s now less than two weeks until I set off on my Great North Walk hike. As the time gets closer, I’m becoming more excited about the trip. But the reality of lugging my pack all day is also starting to set in.
I weighed my pack yesterday and it weighs 22kg (48lbs). I’m hoping to get it down to 20kg (44lbs) but there are certain things I’m hesitant to leave behind so it’s a challenging process.
While saving grams might help a bit, the reality is that the human body and mind are amazing things. They can adjust to almost any hardship if given time.
The first three to four days of a long trek are always the most difficult. That’s when the mind is battling excitement and nerves about the adventure ahead. And when the body is not yet used to the fact that it won’t get to sit at a desk all day long (though my body and soul hate sitting at a desk all day).
To make the first three to four days of my hike easier, I’ve decided to get out walking with my full pack at least once a day every day until I leave. This will help fine tune my fitness so that I can enjoy the first few days of my hike instead of being in discomfort.
- Tuesday: 5km walk with 22kg pack
- Wednesday: 5km walk with 22kg pack