» Lack of Motivation Write yourself a letter explaining why you’re hiking and what you hope to achieve. Pack it with you. Its motivational power is well worth the scant weight.
» Loneliness Chat with other hikers about more than trail issues, and keep family and friends up-to-date. “Friends keep you going. They are the people that give you hope, strength, and power,” says Steve “Huckleberry Finch” Bacon. » Boredom Pack treats like books and fresh socks and gourmet candy in resupply boxes. “When you open a box full of exciting new food, it’s like opening a present rather than a bill,” says Liz “Snorkel” Thomas.