Distance, just like currency, becomes incomprehensible when it reaches large quantities.
So, when outdoor enthusiast and Midwest Mountaineering employee Elizabeth John says she only hiked the nearly 500 miles of the Colorado Trail over a period of six weeks, don’t let her fool you. That’s like walking from St. Paul to St. Louis—give or take a few dozen miles—plus thousands upon thousands of feet of altitude.
“I’m a gardener, I’m a busy-hands person, but busy feet are just as good,” she explains. “I don’t meditate, but maybe that’s the way I think about it—walking as a way to relax.”
John took childhood hikes in the Boundary Waters and caught her case of busy feet while hiking in Alaska as a teenager. With a background in paddling, mountaineering, and backpacking, she found long-distance hiking rewarding, though exhausting.
Since then, thru-hiking—hiking a long-distance trail(考验，试验) end-to-end in one hiking season—has gotten friendlier to beginners. John has given up 60-pound packs in favor of a lighter modern backpacking equipment. For her 50th birthday, she decided to fly to Spain and walk close to 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago. The Colorado jaunt, her first solo long-distance hike, followed a few years later in 2017.
“Going on a big walk is unreasonable and includes being uncomfortable, wet, hungry, sore, tired, lonely...it’s challenging,” she says. “It’s a leap of faith. But I found the rewards surprising and unexpected, some even waiting for me at home after the trip. There is a rhythm to walking, a physicality and simplicity...a discovery.”
Logging some 4,000 feet of elevation daily, John met many “trail angels” who provided shade, snacks, and sometimes beer at remote points in the wilderness, purely out of the goodness of their hearts. “You’re so excited, because you’re someplace so incredible, and it wasn’t easy to get there,” she says. “There was this moment when you love humanity, and you’re so proud of people for doing it.”
13. What did Elizabeth John do as a child?
A. She often worked in her garden. B. She enjoyed swimming in the wild.
C. She got interested in hiking. D. She was too busy to use her feet.
14. What is special about thru-hiking?
A. Hikers usually take light equipment. B. The hike is done at great speed.
C. The hike consists of one very long journey. D. It is extremely friendly to beginners.
15. When John walked the Camino de Santiago, she ________.
A. was not experienced in hiking B. was accompanied by others
C. was in her 40s D. carried a heavy pack
16. What may trail angels do?
A. Give hikers a lift down the mountain . B. Guide hikers to some remote points.
C. Share their hearts with passing hikers. D. Prepare some gifts for hikers.
答案 13-16 CCBD