True to the Thru

Years ago there was a controversy on social media: A well known thru-hiker (and as it turned out, a mysogynist who even treated his own partner poorly) started a flame… Read More »True to the Thru

To Gore Tex or Not

Gore Tex is a brand which belongs to the Gore company. It has been around for decades, the first Gore membrane was developed in the 1960s. Gore Tex today is… Read More »To Gore Tex or Not

Electronics for A CYTC

It is a monumental task. Choosing electronics for a CYTC has that many aspects, it would justify having a dedicated technician who would improve your gear every two weeks. Unfortunately… Read More »Electronics for A CYTC

Embracing COVID

While some of my friends experience critical income shortcomings, I can not complain at all. During the last half year I could improve my gear but of course long-distance hiking… Read More »Embracing COVID

What is a CYTC?

Calendar Year Triple Crown – 7800 miles or 12’000 km through the US in one year There are three long-distance hiking paths in the US: Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest… Read More »What is a CYTC?

What about packs?

Before you set out to REI or pay hundreds of dollars in the internet just for the promise that somebody somewhere may eventually stitch together a geeked out pack for… Read More »What about packs?

PCT 2018: Day 4

29 July 2018 I sleep horrible. I am not 100 % used to sleep in the outdoors, there is a stream near by that makes noice and potentially aggressive deer… Read More »PCT 2018: Day 4

PCT 2018: Day 3

28 July 2018 The trail is breathtakingly beautiful. There are long stretches in the open and I get concerned about the heat. Of course there is a waterless stretch, longer… Read More »PCT 2018: Day 3

PCT 2018: Day 2

27 July 2018

I wake up at 8 o’clock, nothing touched my food. I used the odor proof bags, at this early stage of my hike they are still in good shape.

I just had them on the ground some feet away from my Enlightened Equipment summer bivi. It was cold. The temperatures never went down to under 30, that would be the temperature rating for my Enlightened Equipment quilt. I doubt that they went under 65 F. I blame my poor eating practice yesterday for feeling cold during the night.

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PCT 2018: Day 1

26 July 2018

After a night in the attic of this strange hiker hut, I quickly take out my food of the fridge and walk half a mile to the access road to Harts Pass. There is no hitch, never, nothing.

As the guys predicted the night before there are campers coming down to buy grocery or refuel their cars but no one goes up again. Except a forest worker.

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Journey to the US

The decision came maybe too quick: I will attempt to walk on the PCT. Because it’s already July I will have to start at the Canadian border. Last minute gear updates made it in time to my address in Zurich. I get a permission from the department of homeland security to be in the US.

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