Four friends and I grew up with a love for hiking around Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. When it came time to mark a common milestone birthday, we jumped on the idea to hike a 175-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail that connects these two icons of the American West. What better way to celebrate our shared past and current friendship?
Our plan was to start in Yosemite and finish 10 days later at Lake Tahoe. But after only two days, we knew we were in trouble. As boxer Mike Tyson famously said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Well, we had been punched in the mouth, nose, and stomach by a punishingly difficult set of climbs and drops, a rocky, uneven trail that often doubled as steps, and altitude-induced nausea that refused to fade. None of these were surprises; we are all experienced hikers. In the past, we had finished 18-mile slogs and made multi-thousand-foot climbs while carrying 50-pound packs. But we had never done all of that for 10 days straight. After 80 miles and 8 days, we left the trail.
by Ken Favaro, read more in www.strategy-business.com