This is a copy of an Article I wrote for the Northeast Mountaineering company blog. I wanted to publish it here as well since, to be honest, I’m so lazy I hardly ever write anything, anymore, anywhere. Enjoy.
On the trail I have time to think about all manner of things. One such thing is the psychological aspect of hiking — since it fascinates me, especially as it relates to my hike du jour. I have concluded that to realize and understand my own thoughts and emotions as my hike progresses, the easier it is to motivate myself and push on when suffering the lesser stages, so to speak. I’m cognizant of certain phases I progress though as the day wears on, and this knowledge helps me get maximum enjoyment out of the best parts.