Not Cold Anymore!

I am oh so glad that I brought my sun reflecting hiking umbrella to the PCT! That was a hell of a smart decision! I feel sorry for everybody who does not have one!

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Mountains and Great Company

So the big question is:

“Shall I heave myself and my backpack up Mount Baden-Powell or should I better play safe and take the detour around it?”

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Snow in May

Alright… Laying in my tent, it is 5pm! Never made camp so early. But have never been in a PCT storm before either!

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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

Right.

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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Water

 

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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California!

California! 

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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