Some of my concerns are:
- With trees leafing out, the visibility compared to winter and early spring hikes will be much different. Will this affect the efficiency of sighting the "white trail blases"?
- What about the "black flies"? ... debating as to wether to take a head net.
- I am currently breaking in a new pair of backpacking boots vs the hiking boot used on previous hikes. The Catskills will be much rockier terrain. I hope this is a wise decision as the boots weighs about a 1.5 pound more than my gore tex hiking boots...1000+ steps/mile x 1.5 additional lbs per mile = a significant amount of weight by the trips end.
- Still planning on covering about 22 - 26 miles per day...hope that I am again up for this. Lots of daylight now vs darkess by 5pm in January.
- There are fewer Lean-To's, so about 2/3's of the nights will be tent camping, which requires a little more effort to set up and breakdown.
- There is so much work to be done around home during the active growing spring part of the year, so how do I get everything "caught-up" for the time away?
Oh the "butterflies" are beginning to churn.
P.S. Look for a travelogue of the trip in early June.