Your Friendly Hise Hikers Tuesday Tip: The Importance Of Zero Days.
There’s a term used in the through hiker community called “zero days.” These are days when a hiker gets to a town or at an incredibly beautiful lake (if they are lucky) and they stay an extra day or two there – collecting no mileage on the trail that day (hence “zero-day.”)
One thing I’ve learned in the past 8 years section that we’ve been section hiking the PCT, zero-days are as important on the trail as they are off the trail.
Zero days allow perspective to look at the past and acknowledge the accomplishments thus far.
Zero days allow focus and mental fortitude to relax and allow the body to rest and take care.
I think that zero-days are as imperative as the 22-mile (or longer miles) day for a lot of reasons: perspective, clarity, mental focus, and regrouping to name a few.