With August behind us, an enjoyable and hot summer has passed in the Netherlands, and with it brings September. For me, this marks the start of a hectic and exciting six months. During which I will wrap up my life in Amsterdam and prepare for a trip of a lifetime, which will lead me to who-knows-how-many countries in two years travelling the world.
Before I can set off into the sunset, a lot has to be taken care of. Officially resign from my job, apply for a 180-days US-visa, book flights, apply for permits and make my planning for this trip more concrete. Just to name a few.
Currently, the plan is to head to Central America for a couple of weeks in March. Striving to get my PADI Divemaster certification, just in case I’d like to do some more advanced diving later on during my trip.
The trip will really start mid-April, contingent on the earlier mentioned permits, when I will set out to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in Northern direction. The PCT is a continuous trail of 4,200 km in the USA, starting at the Mexican border in California, going through Oregon and ending at the Canadian border in Washington.
Hiking the PCT has been a dream of mine for a while now and earlier this year I decided to go for it in 2019. This adventure will take me about five to six months. Carrying everything I own and need on my back, the path will lead me through the Mojave desert, Sierra Nevada, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park and the Cascades.
During the coming months, I will share my preparations on this blog. Starting with my upcoming trip to Utah, USA, where I will test the gear I intent to use during my PCT hike. In a couple of weeks, you will able to read about my experience of hiking in Zion and Bryce National Park and I’ll do a write up on my gear.