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PCT Practice Hike 2: Back to The Peak District

With two weeks left until our departure for the US, we decided one final practice hike was in order. We needed to both test out the remainder of our gear and ensure that being in such close proximity for 6 months on the trail won’t result in us killing each other/ourselves.

We chose Bakewell in the Peak District as our hiking location, with no reason behind this choice other than it was a place we’d both heard of. After calling several campsites which told me they weren’t taking tents due to recent bad weather and flooding – a good sign – we booked two nights at the Beech Croft Farm campsite just outside Bakewell. Read more

Summit of Mam Tor

PCT Practice Hike 1: The Peak District

With less than two months to go before my Pacific Crest Trail start date (April 24th), the time for preparing is quickly running out. Since I hadn’t done any serious walking in the last 6 months, I decided a practice hike was in order. It would give me a chance to remember what it’s like to not sit at a desk for 8 hours a day while at the same time testing out some of my new gear before the big day arrives. Read more