When I tell people about my plans for the next 2-2.5 year, the first question is always ‘What made you decide to do this?’. This reaction is totally understandable. If you met me during the last 10 years, you’d know me as this ambitious student/professional trying to build a career in finance. Knowing that, the initial reactions I’m receiving are certainly understandable. So why the Pacific Crest Trail?
I don’t remember exactly when I came across the Pacific Crest Trail for the first time, but my memory was definitely sparked by the movie Wild. The idea of hiking the trail was always followed by the thought “wouldn’t that be cool”. Then in the summer of 2017, I was visiting two great friends of mine in California, one in Los Angeles and the other in San Francisco. An act of nature made the decision to drive from LA to SF through the Sierra Nevada easier, as part of Pacific Highway 1 had been closed due to an earthquake. During that drive along the Sierra Nevada, I fell in love with the area. And “wouldn’t that be cool” changed to “in the next 5 years”.
Another friend invited me to come visit him and his family during their three month trip to his motherland Ghana in early 2018. Experiencing their attitude to life during their trip was enough to change “in the next 5 years” to “let’s do it in 2019”. And so the planning began.
Having a good job and an apartment in Amsterdam complicated the decision, but created an opportunity at the same time. If I’d be leaving all that behind, might as well do it for a longer trip. So I started planning the PCT thru-hike follow by a trip around the world.
I’m looking forward to the physical and mental challenges that lay ahead of me on the Pacific Crest Trail. My start day of 18th of April is creeping closer and closer, and I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited about it. Being in nature and seeing all the beautiful things that this earth has to offer, and meeting all kinds of amazing people during the way.
My plan after the Pacific Crest Trail isn’t set in stone, but I wanna see the Himalaya in Northern India, Nepal and Bhutan. Followed by a trip around the world. South East Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, Mongolia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, South Africa, Namibia and Latin America; It’s all in the plan, but plans are to be changed. Especially when you already paused an earlier plan to do something totally different.