How do y'all stay motivated when a thru-hike doesn't pan out like you expected?
Whether you're on the PCT facing reroutes due to snow or wildfire, you're off trail due to an injury, or you've only got a few weeks to tackle a trail but things don't go according to plan... this question is for you.
This question is sparked by my two most recent thru-hike plans falling through. I was originally going to tackle the Guadalupe Ridge Trail between Guadalupe Mtns National Park and Carlsbad Caverns in May - until the week of my trip arrived and the national parks closed the backcountry for camping due to wildfire risk.
I figured, no big deal! At least I still have the Foothills Trail coming up in June! When, of course, I tested positive for COVID just days before my flight and had to remain grounded.
I still have hikes planned for the fall, but having two blows in a row has been discouraging. How do you stay motivated to keep adventuring onward when you're unable to make miles like you anticipated?
Photo from Guadalupe Peak Trail, Guadalupe Mountains National Park.