Having just finished the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, I’m trying hard, really hard, not to think about my next hiking challenge.
I’m putting together my hiking resume, a list of hiking trails and challenges that I’ve done over the years.
I completed my first challenge in 1978, the New Hampshire 4000 footers and I think I still have my certificate someplace.
My A.T. and Smokies 900 certificates were laminated and are hanging on the wall. I haven’t even gotten the Mountains-to-Sea Trail certificate; it’s given out by Friends of the MST at the annual meeting in February. I did receive a beautiful certificate from the North Carolina House of Representatives which I had laminated. See above.
What other trails or hiking challenges should I include in this CV?
I’ve already decided that if I’ve only done part of a trail, I won’t include it. I’ve done part of the GR5 in France, the Southwest Way in England and 2/3 of the Long Trail in Vermont. The last one really bugs me. A long hard week of backpacking and I could add it to my resume.
But I’m going to include all the distinct multi-day trails that I’ve done.
Now, looking toward the future.
Should I sample many trails or concentrate on completing a few trails? I know I never want to repeat any long trails that I’ve done. I respect hikers who walk the A.T. several times but there are so many other places to hike.
I can explain doing the Milford Track in New Zealand three times – honest. That was only four days of walking. But I can’t see redoing a six month trail.
This hiking CV will keep me busy for a while and keep me from thinking about my next hiking challenge.