Be Prepared For a Lot of Uphill AND Downhill
On the very first day of our trek, we spent the first hour going downhill. And, like some sort of twisted joke, after we gained a few thousand feet in elevation going uphill for a few days, we spent the next day going down 1,000 feet . . . only to go back up again and then some!
Prepare yourself for a lot of downhill on the way up, and a lot of uphill on the way down. It's a hard pill to swallow, especially on days when you're trying to do the opposite, but every step really is worth it in the end.