What did you bring that you wish you hadn't?
Nothing, really. But there were times I carried too much water, in that I arrived at the next water source with 5-8 pounds of water on me. This was something that had a major effect on my skinny legs, as you CAN be too well prepared, too overburdened, for a thru-hike. It's best to plan accordingly, so that you're carrying the lightest load you can at all times.
What did you not bring that you wish you had?
A Sherpa or a pack animal. No, in all honesty, I had honed it down to only the necessities and what I deemed a necessity: the camera, its batteries, a handheld word processor, its batteries, and a book or two.
Did you talk to yourself (out loud)?
Yes. Conversations were usually quite shallow but sometime quite deep, depending on circumstance and mood.
Ice ax. Yes or no?
In 2006 an ice axe was pretty much obligatory, because of the record snowfall throughout the spring. I self-arrested a number of times and was thankful I was prepared to do so. Had it not been for my fancy titanium ice-axe, I'd have had to use my nose.
Did you think about girls you knew in high school?
Unfortunately, I didn't know any girls in high school. But yes, I still thought of them, and how.
Did you bring lotion?
Sunscreen had many purposes.
Shoes. Yes, no?
Yes, two of them. One on each foot.
Favorite food item?
Generally I went with anything salty, instead of sweets. Pistachios were especially scrumptious. But who can afford to carry the shells? The truth is, almost every food item was a favorite on the trail.
Food item you would not bring?
I would not send myself too much of one kind of food in advance. Appetites change and instant oatmeal wasn't even appealing even during the first go-around.
Stove. Yes, no?
No, but there were times I wish I had, particularly on those frigid mornings. A warm cup of tea would've been nice.