7th August 2019

The last of the Sierras

With the High Sierras done and a nice rest in Mammoth, the Low Sierras were waiting. The section straight out of Mammoth Lakes had seen a big wildfire just last year. While it was still very clear, new vegetation was already taking over the view. The trail passed Devils Postpile National Monument, where beams of rock seem to come out of the earth.

7th July 2019

Into the Sierra Nevada

Thanks to a ride of trail angel Rick, I got to Kennedy Meadows without any problems. Kennedy Meadows is the portal to the Sierra Nevada, from there hikers head into the mountains. The last couple of weeks there has been a lot of talk between hikers about the snow situation up there, so we are fully prepared with ice axe and micro spikes before hiking out. We also carry a heavy bear canister, which is mandatory in most of the upcoming sections to keep bears from eating our food.

28th June 2019

Wrightwood – Agua Dulce

There I was, back in Wrightwood, the town where I got off trail five weeks earlier. A lot had changed in those weeks. Where the town was buzzing with hikers back in May, now I only see two other hikers. After 38 days, I finally got back on trail. I’ve been looking forward to this moment ever since I left. My friends had continued and are at the beginning, or in, the Sierra Nevada already. The first day on trail started great. In my previous month on trail, I had not seen one rattlesnake. Now just after five minutes one is on trail in front of me. Mount Baden Powell…

1st June 2019

Visa(-vis)

An European hiking the PCT on a three-month ‘visa’ sounds weird. Everyone from outside of the USA makes sure to have a full visa, allowing for a six months stay in the country, when attempting a thru-hike that takes between four and six months to complete. Why did I do it differently?

30th May 2019

McD and Wrightwood

Everyday a new experience on trail. Different scenery or friends, or even hiking tipsy during a gorgeous golden hour. The sun was setting and we had 3.5 miles to go. Hops and I had left Hollywood somewhere on trail and now we were looking for his tent. The first time we thought we saw it, it turned out to be a large rock. The next time we were sure and yelled ‘Hollywood’, only to discover it was a different tent. Finally we got to camp and found four other hikers, including Hollywood. We packed out a six pack of Budweiser from the bar and spread it amongst our fellow hikers….

23rd April 2019

The first steps!

In the summer of 2017, while hiking in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, I started seriously thinking about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. It took me about nine months to decide for myself that I’d go for it in 2019. And now, more than a year after that decision, it was finally April 18th, the day I’d start the PCT. So exciting! My adventure is finally started!