Day 3: Slowing down

,
24. April Long Creek Camp 2 (mile 35.8) to Mount Laguna (mile 40.3) 4.5 miles, 7.2 km We were undecided until the last moment if we should hike on or take it slow.  After a few pros and cons Steve and I decided to hit the Break…

Day 2: First times

,
23rd of April    Lake Morena Campground (mile 20) to Long Canyon Camp 2 (mile 35.8)    15.8 miles, 25.4 km    Again I am lying in my sleeping bag ready to dream. So here's day two at a glance:  Woke up early…
PCT class of 22nd of April

PCT Class of 22nd of April

,
22nd of April    Southern Monument (mile 0) to Lake Morena (mile 20)    20 Miles, 32 km    Hopefully I won't regret what I've done today. But lets start at the beginning...  Bob dropped us off at the trailhead…
San Diego Times

San Diego Times

I am a bit delayed with my blog and as I am writing this at my first evening on trail this post is going to be short one.    In San Diego I stayed with Bob Riess who is the famous first hiker host. He is hosting hikers to give them…
Traveling to the US

Travelling to the US

My shirt got its first load of sweat in Frankfurt at the airpost. I wanted to check in for the flight and had to talk to an employee of Delta checking Security first. The display of her tablet showed a flight back booked for me on 28th of April.…

It's getting serious...

Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo Only a few hours of sleep and I'll be on my way to Frankfurt Airport where I will start my 15 hours flight via New York to San Diego. I am very excited about this. Listening…
test hike: Zweitaelersteig Day ii

test hike: Zweitälersteig day II

I woke up to the call of a duck living on the little lake nearby. Obviously it was very excited about my presence so I tried to do my camp chores as quiet as possible. The night has been good so far. Not too many noices, only the occassional…
Test hike: Zweitälersteig Day 1

test hike: Zweitälersteig day I

Today I have been singing in the rain! I started around ten in the morning in Waldkirch. A small village in the Black Forrest. I hiked the trail I have chosen before in May 2015. This time it is meant to be my final overnight training for the…

Books, books, books...

While preparing for my thru-hike I read a few books about the PCT, from other thru-hikers and general literature about mountaineering, survival and first aid. Here's a quick overview of the books I read: Zur Vorbereitung auf meine Fernwanderung…
Hiking the Treidlerweg along old arms of the rhine river

test hike: Treidlerweg

trail name: Treidlerweg length: 11,7 km location: Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany   The only proper training for backpacking is backpacking. So yesterday I have been out on another test hike. With all my base gear and some water I…
Planning for the PCT

Planning in a nutshell...

,
Today it's exactly two weeks until the start of my thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. It is a bit of an understatement to say I am excited about it. Right now it's much more than that. But let's start at the beginning... During the…