Long distance hiking in the wilderness is a good goal to aim for. It is as difficult as you wish it to be, and usually turns out to be much more than you expect, in many ways. The American National Scenic Trails known as the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) and the AT (Appalachian Trail) are very long, several thousand miles each, and cross rugged mountain ranges. Do you think it is possible for people with no experience or training to hike long distance trails such as these?
Wild is a story about a young lady, Cheryl Strayed, who accomplished this on the PCT. This auto-biographical account is worth reading, rich in detail, with moving narratives: it was turned into an impressive (especially the wilderness scenery) movie with the same title, starring Reese Witherspoon.
A Walk In The Woods, another story about long distance hiking – on the AT. Bill Bryson, a very talented author, shares this story in association with a an old friend with whom he hikes the AT. Robert Redford plays Bill Bryson in the movie created from this intriguing and humorous tale.
I recommend reading both of these books and seeing the movies. These are very extraordinary stories, about exceptional people. As you will learn from their accounts, the need for preparation via training is obvious with hindsight, and foresight would suggest years of adequate training.
Paul C Adams (c) 2016