I just checked out a number of trail reports on the web for the PCT between Snoqualmie pass and Stevens pass, a hike my wife and I are considering in the next couple of years. A large majority of the reports said that the crew really suffered on the hike, in many cases despite having light packs and using trail runners. They mentioned sore feet and knees, sore leg muscles, blisters, back and shoulder pain, loneliness and other things. This was in addition to minor grumbling about mosquitoes, rain, not enough food, etc. In all cases they reported that it was worth it in the end and they wanted to go back.
From reading these reports one gets the impression that backpacking this section is really a battle between pain and misery on the one hand, and enjoying the trail and scenery on the other.
I'm no spring chicken, let alone in Olympic athlete condition, and I've been on more strenuous trips. But other than a blister once a few years ago (unsuccessful experiment with a lighter sock strategy) I have never experienced pain and misery since going light/UL.
I find it hard to believe I'm unique and that everyone else suffers. Are trail reports mainly written by people who had a painful and difficult trip?
Do you suffer on the trail?