The Path of Totality

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Right. So I am getting there!

I think I have almost everything under control so far.

All the planning and researching for gear, visa, permits, resupply options, maps and apps is done. And I have slept a few test-sleeps in my new cool little tent (in my mum’s garden) under windy and freezing conditions. I was not too cold and the tent could withstand the wind.

Awesome!

I have hiked a few test hikes with a fully loaded pack on steep slopes with snow on them. I have gulped my first Ibuprofen out of my “hospital size Ibuprofen PCT pack ” as the last hike shook all my muscles around.

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Too scared to hike the PCT?

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„Are you going alone?“

„Yes.“

„But are you not scared?”

“There will be other people on the trail!”

“But what about bears?”

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I am soon ready for the PCT!

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It is looking good!

USA Visa: check
USA Flight: check
PCT Permit: check (!)
California Campfire Permit: check
Entry to Canada via PCT Visa: check
Place to stay before starting the hike: check
Gear compared, weighted, tested and purchased: check
Getting excited: check

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Twofold Troubles

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Well.

Initially, I wanted to write about my feet today.

As I seem to have a problem with them. Even before I start in Campo.

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Historical Snow Fall in the Sierra Nevada 2017

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It is snowing heavily in California this winter.

The US newspapers headlines read:

  • “Sierra Nevada snowpack is biggest in 22 years.”
  • “Sierra Nevada historical snow fall.”

These are good news. As all this snow probably will set an end to the drought in California.

Excellent!

But…

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Whiskey Double, Please!

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It is Tuesday, January 24, 7.10 pm.

It is the big “run-for-the-PCT-permit-hour”. The application window opens 7.30 pm.

Both my PC and laptop are fired up and ready.

Waiting, staring at the clock.

7.11 pm.

7.14 pm – heart rate goes up.

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What I will be doing on January 24, 7.30 pm

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Fact:

If you want to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail (and do a so-called thru-hike), you need a permit from the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

This Association maintains and preserves the path, with the help of financial donations, volunteer workers and members.

Since thru-hiking gets more and more popular these days (as people search for an authentic life I guess), the Association has decided to control/limit the numbers of hikers who set off – in order to protect the path from too much human impact.

That is good news.

The bad news though is, that they allow only 50 people to start each day.

And here it starts getting complicated:

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Field Testing and Good Karma

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Today, I am going to field test two new sexy gear items:

I will pitch the new lightweight (!) tent in the backyard and cook lunch with my new lightweight (!) stove.

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Snickers Bars!

Hiker Hunger.

I am not really qualified (yet) to talk about hiker hunger. But the question I get asked the second most whenever I throw my big plan at somebody is:

“What? Six month hiking? What are you going to eat?”

Apparently, what I will need to be eating is a tone of “Snikers Bars“.

Yup. Really.

:)

The goal seems to be to eat as unhealthy as humanly possible. We talk Peanut Butter by the spoonful, Mars Bars, Snickers Bars, and Chips.

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My feet hurt!

This is bad.

I tested my trail-runners extensively.

Now my feet hurt.

I have not set foot on the PCT yet but my feet already hurt!

Now what?

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