Storm Approaching

My Therma Rest Neo Air X lite sleeping mattress is a great piece of gear. I am very happy with it, as it is soft, lightweight and I sleep surprisingly well on it.

But it can get holes.

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Trail Angels


So here I am, sitting on a rock by the trail and weep. The pain in my feet is so bad. Three miles to go still until I reach my next destination, but the pain is too overwhelming.

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Thirst and Wind

I am so very thirsty!! Big time thirsty!!

I know, in my last post I happily stated that we were so lucky this year and have plenty of water. But one has only plenty of water if one is smart enough to thoroughly plan ahead!

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So yes, the PCT Class 2017 is lucky.

The streams in the desert, which are usually dry, have plenty of water this year. 

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Beauty and Blisters

I am for the first time in my life in a desert!!

Little did I know what to expect. Sure I read blogs of former thru hikers but nothing prepared me for this.

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So ready to go!

Ready to go!

I am at Scout & Frodo. A famous Trailangel couple who hosts PCT hikers. They have put up 3 big tents in their garden, each sleeps 6 hikers, they cook for us and drive all of us to the Southern Monument in Campo tomorrow.

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The last good-byes are said, tears are shed. It will be a while until I see my mum, family, and friends again. Oh dear.

The flight goes smooth though, I only just have to nearly almost throw up once.

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The Path of Totality


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.


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?


„Are you going alone?“


„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!


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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