Training for any thru-hike is a significant undertaking. And when it is your first thru-hike, it can be genuinely overwhelming. Because not only do you have to get yourself ready to hike for weeks (or months) on end, but there are SO many other things you need to prepare for...
You have to get ready for rough and uneven terrain. Elevation changes. Carrying a full pack. River crossings. And a dozen other things factors that make thru-hiking the unique challenge that it is.
On top of all of this, not only do you have to survive these issues (and ensure you don't break down with pain, injury or exhaustion), you also want to be in a position where you can actually enjoy yourself!
So it is totally understandable if it all seems a bit much.
And to make matters worse, the quality of training information available to thru-hikers often leaves a lot to be desired...
But this article is here to change that.
The intention of this piece is to provide a clear and effective guideline on how a thru-hiker can best prepare themselves for their upcoming adventure.
So whether you are training for the Pacific Crest Trail, Te Araroa, Larapinta, The Appalachian Trail or any other big thru-hike, this will start you in the right direction towards a safe, enjoyable and successful hike!
At 61 years old, Joan decided to do her first thru-hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Learn how she used the Online Summit Program to overcome knee pain during descents, strengthen her joints and give her the physical confidence to tackle her big adventure.
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in training for hiking, trekkers and mountaineers for their bucket list adventures.
Summit Strength is a personal training for hiking service created specifically to help hikers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful adventure.