Decision made! I will do this “ice axe, crampons and self arresting” course in order to prepare for my next thru hike!! I am all set, the plane to Inverness, Scotland, leaves in 7 hours. So I better get some sleeping done.
“Hey there everybody!”
Long time no see! I missed you guys!
We haven’t heard from each other in an awfully long while. But this will change, as I am slowly but surely getting into “CDT Preparation Mode”!
Well, isn’t this one of the big questions for every hiker, let alone long distance hiker!?
My alarm goes off at 6.28 am.
First thing I do (as everybody else probably also does first thing in the morning), I grab my phone and check emails!
There is an email from Felix in my inbox.
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.
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.
„Are you going alone?“
„But are you not scared?”
“There will be other people on the trail!”
“But what about bears?”
Initially, I wanted to write about my feet today.
As I seem to have a problem with them. Even before I start in Campo.
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.