Next month my father and I will be hiking the Swiss Alps for two weeks!
No, this isn’t a joke.
No, I’ve never really hiked before.
No, I live in Florida which means I have no hills to train on…
I need to channel my inner Reese Witherspoon from Wild (not her pre-hike crazy self, but her put-together self she found during the hike). I’ve read the book and watched the movie so I know about the importance of getting the right boots, having a light pack, and always carrying a snack for the trail!
My father and I aren’t officially camping at night (thank goodness), we will stay in inns along the way. That means a hot shower, glass of wine, and soft bed every night :)
Kudos to Alpenwild, the company in charge of this epic father/daughter trip, because they are the most organized crew I’ve ever worked with! Since I’m a super Type A person, I greatly appreciate their emails, packing lists, and organized care package they send. My even more Type A father is giddy :)
Although I still have a few more weeks to prepare, I’ve started to make my own list of “essentials”.
After 10+ miles of hiking a day, I anticipate a solid hour of laying in my hotel room a night elevating my feet and reading. Right now I have A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, and Night Road by Kristin Hannah on the list!
Let’s be serious, I know there will be injuries.
If the hike is super tough and my legs are aching, I may need to add a splash of vodka to my Gatorade. Or if I have a horrible wound I can splash it with some vodka, Russian nurse style. Multi-purpose use!
Still haven’t figured out any other mode besides “auto”, but I’m dragging my camera along to see what I can learn/capture. Maybe on the long plane flight I will read through the 200 page manual… over an in-flight cocktail, of course!
30 pairs of undies.
Yes, I can wash my socks in a sink if I must, but I draw the line at underwear.
Trail mix? Check! Kind Bars? Check! Gum? Check! Candy? Check! Beef jerky? Check! You name it, I will have a snack that fits the order. There would be nothing worse then starving while hiking 10+ miles.
To all those hikers out there, what am I missing?? And how else should I train?