PMT – April 2011
As you may have read from my earlier post, Richard and I are planning our first backpacking trip the second week of April, and I am getting quite excited about it. I thought I’d just give a little info on where we’re going. We will be going to the Pine Mountain Trail here in Georgia. It is a 23 mile point to point trail with a nice low elevation change to start off with and some great scenery. My plan is to hike 6 miles the first day, 9mi the second and 8mi the third. My reasoning for this is the first day I wanted to give ourselves more time if we got a late start out of town, or if we hike slower than I think we will since we’ve never had loaded packs, or if we just wanted to take more time since the first part of the hike is full of waterfalls and cascades. Also if 6 miles kicks our butts worse than I think it’s not too much to still turn around and hike out. I think we’ll be able to hike 1.5-2 miles an hour since we average 2-3 with 10-15 lb packs and our estimated pack weight is about 20-25lbs. but if we hike slower than I think, we still have reasonable goals in place… hopefully. 🙂 I’m still gathering all my info so some of this might change but I feel like we have a pretty good start!