I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1999. It was my first long-distance ramble. Unfortunately, my journal from that hike needs to be brought up to current technological standards, and I am admittedly way too lazy to try to decipher my chicken scratch handwriting for 11 years ago. So, I imagine maybe next winter when the nights are long and cold, I’ll settle in for the task.
In a nutshell, it was great. Learned a bunch, and the trip pretty much shaped my life for the 10 years following my completion of the hike.