I made up my mind – I am going to cover the whole distance of the 800 miles of the Arizona Trail – by foot. Some weeks ago, I briefly presented to you the venture of my life´s dream. Since then, this dream matured to: I am going to do it NOW!
Since a project like this needs time for planning and preparation, take the “NOW” as the start of these preparations.
I chose springtime 2019 as the timeframe to make my dream come true.
More and more it sinks in how much preparation is necessary. All of a sudden, these 2 ½ remaining years don’t seem that long anymore. 1000 questions are crossing my mind, for which I have no answer yet and which are causing headaches.
Today I am going to reveal to you which questions that are. During the next months, I will browse through them and hopefully I will find answers to every single one of them. Today I am taking you with me on the adventure of the preparation for the biggest adventure of my life – yet.
Have a look what’s on my mind.
Maybe you are planning a similar venture and the result of my research is useful for you.
Or maybe you acquire a taste for it and will get the desire to do something like my adventure. Or perhaps you always wanted to do something like that, but you didn´t know where to start. Or you assert that I am off the track with that.
Here are the questions which my mind is rummaging in:
- When to start?
- Which is the best season?
- Is it already too warm in April around Mexico?
- Is it still too cold up North in May?
- Can I expect snow?
- When to start timesaving for the sabbatical time?
- Which are the best terms for a sabbatical?
- What will my boss say to my plans?
- What am I gonna do if the sabbatical is not approved?
- Do I have to take the timeout right after the time saving period?
- How large has the backpack to be for this three month journey?
- Which model to pick?
- What kind of tent do I need?
- Is a single person tent enough for the luggage?
- How much money am I willing to spend on an ultralight tent?
- What kind of stove to take with me?
- Fueled by propane, gas or wood?
- Is there enough wood in Arizona for my solo stove?
- Are wood stoves like my Solo Stove permitted on the AZT?
- How many pants, shirts, socks and underwear is enough?
- Which shoes to wear?
- Is one pair enough to cover 800 miles?
- Do I buy new shoes on the way?
- Which maps (digital, analog, GPS) do I use?
- Do I carry the heavy Arizona Trail Guide with all its maps?
- Will a navigation app and the signage be enough?
- How long am I allowed to stay in the USA?
- Which special approvals do I need to stay 4 months?
- How do I get to the AZT-Trailhead in the South?
- Fly to Tucson or take the bus from Phoenix?
- When to book the flight?
- Which shuttle to take to the trailhead?
- Do I just start walking or do I have to check out somewhere?
- How many miles will I walk on the first day?
- In how many stages do I split up my trail?
- How much food and water do I need for the first stages?
- What happens if I don’t find any water?
- Where is he first chance to buy food?
- Is it permitted to camp along the trail in all stages?
- What do I do if someone accosts me inappropriate?
- Do I want to walk alone the whole trail or will I be happy about company?
- Do I really have to be worried more as a woman than as a man when traveling alone?
- Is there cell coverage along the way for emergencies or messages home?
- What sim-card do I need for my cell phone?
- How many breaks and rests will I allow myself?
- When should I plan the stay in Grand Canyon?
- Should I plan buffer days for the GC-permit, and if so, how many?
- What happens if I don’t get a permit for my planned stage?
- Will thru-hikers be preferred for permit in the daily lottery?
- What to do If I don’t get a permit at the local office at all?
- How many days will I allow myself in the GC?
- Staying on the trail or choosing alternatives along the way?
- What if I become injured?
- What if something poisonous like a rattlesnake bites me?
- Will I feel lonely on the trail?
- Electronics or pen and paper for conserving my memories?
- Where do I get power from for my electronic devices?
- Which solar panel would be appropriate?
- Will I spend some nights in civilization?
- What will happen when I walked the 800 miles?
- How am I gonna feel?
- How do I get away from the northern end of the trail?
- What do I do afterwards?
- How hard is the reality / job adjustment?
- When do I start the next long distance trail?
Lots and lots of questions with more or less time to answer.
But I have to and will find the answers. The results will not just be a wonderful special and unique journey but also a large FAQ for long distance hikes. Do you have questions in mind? Or can you even answer some of my questions? Write me. I am thankful for every single thought and idea.