12.2.16 - Tales of Strenuous Hiking (Phases):

It's funny how I always find myself in different phases during a good long hike. I feel like there are five.

1. Joy of the open trail.

2. Strenuous "blackout" phase.

3. Doubt yourself.

4. Is it worth it?

5. Holy Balls! The peak and all the glory! 

6.  Food pace: blasting downhill towards your car so you can stuff your face with a giant burrito.

Brandon Nicklaus