> Reading accounts about other people's thru-hikes generally leaves
> me with the sense that all NOBO PCT thru-hikes are alike.
> [earlier comment by Brian Lewis]
Brian's probably right: there are fundamentals that are the same in each thru-hike -- challenge, freedom, magic, all that good stuff. But reading these awesome articles made me appreciate how *different* each hike is! I can finally understand why any fool would want to do a thru-hike more than once. (Not saying I'm convinced yet, but at least I'm starting to get it...)
Tangent and I had some parts easier, some parts harder -- the Sierras were *totally* different in '97 (yikes, way better our year)... but so was Washington! Trail magic has changed so much in the last 13 years. The people you meet are... well, they're all over the spectrum, and just leave it at that. No two alike.
Love the way you cut through the "hyperbole". Let the magic show through just the straight facts. No need to *tell* us it was amazing; you couldn't hide it if you tried!
(And thanks, Guthook, for making me feel welcome on the trail despite just being out for the last half of Washington!)