Collection of all blogposts about the Pacific Crest Trail

PCT day 11 – Sightseeing

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Mission Camp (239.9) to Arrestre Trailcamp (256.2) 16.3 miles I woke up from a freezing cold night. It was actually hard to stay warm in the tent. I wished the campfire was still going... My goal for today was to get to the next watersource…

PCT day 10 – Washed out Mission Creek

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Mission Creek Camp (226.2) to Mission Camp (239.9) 13.7 miles When I pulled up my tent zippers Smiles was all packed up and ready to go. I wasn't in a hurry so I wished him Happy Trails and turned around again. It had been my best night on…

PCT day 9 – Fighting the wind

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Interstate 10 (209.5) to Mission Creek camp (226.2) 16.7 miles I woke up in a wonderful warm and cozy bed at Mary's and Jim's place. My friends had picked me up again at the I10 and had given me another wonderful day of rest, plenty of food…

PCT day 7 – Into the desert

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Windy camp (201.1) to Interstate 10 (209.5) 8.4 miles I didn't have to wake up at all. The wind had kept me up all night. And not only the wind. The temperature didn't drop at all and so I was sweating underneath my sleeping bag which I needed…

PCT day 6 – Fuller’s Ridge

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Off-trail camp to windy camp 14,9 miles Some pain in my left knee made me wake up in the middle of the night. It felt like an upcoming problem and I immediately thought about taking some Ibuprofen. But I decided against it as I didn't want…

PCT day 5 – Climbing Mt. San Jacinto

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Idyllwild to off-trail camp 7.8 miles (+ 2.5 miles on devils side trail) I woke up and packed my stuff. The hiker shuttle was supposed to leave at 8am to take us up to Humber Park. I didn't look forward to climbing up on the 2.5 miles long…

PCT day 4 – Idyllwild

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Zero miles (except the ones I walk around town) Last time I had been to Idyllwild I could hardly walk. I went around town to see Doctor Bill the physical therapist here and to get an x-ray at the health center. The friendliness of the locals…

PCT day 3 – First snow

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Ridge Camp to Saddle junction (Idyllwild) 4 miles (+ 2.5 miles on sidetrail) The night was warmer than I expected. Gusts of wind were blowing through the campsite every now and then waking me up from a light sleep. It was around 5:30 when…

PCT day 2 – Challenges

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Cedar Spring to Ridge campsite 12.7 miles (+ 1 on sidetrail) I woke up to the sound of birds and the noises of Salsa and Tables two fellow hikers who were aiming at an early start. My decision to camp close to Cedar Spring came with a pricetag…

PCT Day 1 – A new beginning

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Paradise Valley Café to Cedar Springs 10,9 miles (+ 1 on sidetrail) My feet were digging into the sand of the Californian desert. I looked around. Behind me I could see the hill I have come down three years ago. Unable to proceed. Something…
Hiking injury: One of many rest breaks with my hiking injury on the PCT

How to deal with a hiking injury on a long-distance hike

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Imagine you are out there on the AT, CDT, PCT or any other long-distance trail and you get injured. Is it the end? How should you react? What should you do? On day ten I was knocked out by a hiking injury on the Pacific Crest Trail. Find out how I managed to have a great comeback and continue my hike on the PCT!

Day 151: Tunnel Falls & Finish in Cascade Locks

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19. September    Eagle Creek Camp to Cascade Locks (2144.4)    I am sorry to say this is my last blogpost for some time...  Today I finished my hike on the PCT by reaching the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks.    But let's start in…