There is one thing I loved so dearly about the Pacific Crest Trail. A lot of times in life we try to control the outcomes and set expectations. The trail on the other hand, presents you with something breathtaking and unforgettable when you least expect it.
Glacier peak was one of those places I never expected and will never forget, the sparks of magic when mother nature decided to present a tale by light. In those moments, you forget all about the pain, the cold and the worries of rain and suffering. What's left is a reminder of why we let go of control six months ago to walk down a really long trail.
What's one thing you love about being in the outdoors?
Finishing the Pacific Crest Trail is like waking from a dream. A dream where you witness impossibly beautiful places, somehow understand the people around you and experience happiness and freedom that knows no bounds. To be honest, I get sad thinking about it now that it's over.
Perhaps now it's the time to reflect and learn from this experience. Focus on creating something lasting before the experience fades away. The blogging will continue (just not this week sorry 🛌), I am looking forward to reflecting and talking about what I have learned, what I would do differently and gear reviews for the gear junkies. Please comment if any topics really excites you or if you have any questions! 😁
Vi är på väg till innovationsmöte med Exped i Zürich, prototyper, nyheter och innovationer inför 2020 ska presenteras och diskuteras. Alltid lika trevligt att träffa Expeds team och våra kollegor från runt om i världen :) Vilken ny eller utvecklad produkt skulle du vilja se i Expeds portfölj? Bland er som kommenterar lottar vi ut en snygg unik Exped "ohneschnickschnack" t-shirt, se bild 2 :) Vinnaren meddelas på Lördag 22 Sept.
What’s not to love about the joys of camping with a toddler. Pack and play in the tent because he slips around all night long like a fish, hauling your own bag to the tent, and of course brushing your teeth with mom by headlamp.
First day in Mexico. The people here are super friendly and generous. Drivers respect cyclists more too. I drank my first Sotol de Coyame, ate my first Peyote, smoked my first Mexican joint, ate my first authentic Mexican meal which was cheaper and more delicious than I’ve ever had. Most plants in the desert are prickly. Mexico has amazing mountains with deep meaning. The Coke tastes better here. The air quality is worse and there is trash everywhere. The hotels are cheap. I got an Ibis room in Chihuahua Centro for $47 with free breakfast and WiFi. In Mexico people relate with hospitality for travelers. Everyone wants to talk and wants to know where I’m going. No more United States small talk crap expressions like “There you go.” and “I can’t even bicycle to the end of the block.” No more questions of finances, politics and religion. Good riddance. You can throw your trash in the street and go indoors with no shirt and shoes. Proper is not for me. I’m a surly traveling cyclist and I put in serious miles and don’t have time for old people conversations of times past. There is one thing I can be certain of. Mexico is not dangerous. The media is dangerous. The government of the United States prefers it’s citizens to stay in country. Well I’m out again and won’t be returning for a long time. No more country music and no more stupid Texas ass hats. #mexico
Viva Mexico 🇲🇽!!! Bicycled from Oklahoma City to Garden City, KS to Canon City, CO to Breckenridge via Georgia Pass to Granby, CO to Estes Park, CO via Trail Ridge Parkway to Boulder, CO to Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes NP via Medano Pass to Santa Fe, NM to Ruidoso, NM to Carlsbad Caverns NP to Texas Mountain Country to Ojinaga, CHIH, MX to Chihuahua Centro, CHIH. Crossed the Continental Divide 8 times. 4 National Parks camped at. Over 50,000 ft of accent climbing. One flat tyre. 3 hotels, 3 warmshowers hosts, never paid for camping. New rear wheel, new shoes, new chain, bar tape, headlight. 2,250 miles bicycled, no rides but many offered. Here’s to Latin America!!! Long sleeve Sun Proof shirt from @patagonia
이번 안나푸르나 트래킹과 내년 밀포드&루트번 트래킹을 대비해서 구입한 엑스패드 썬더50리터 경량배낭! 지난 주말 13kg 채워서 북한산 훈련에서 개시했었는데 두툼한 벨트가 골반을 잘 잡아주었고, 토르소를 조절할 수 있는 T-rex 프레임이 하중을 잘 버텨준다. 나는 배낭을 골반으로 지는 스타일인데 어깨에 하중이 거의 느껴지지 않고 1.5kg의 배낭무게는 요즘 초경량 배낭에 비하면 무겁지만 사용하던 그레고리 발토로65 (2.54kg)에 비하면 넘나 가볍다. 부러질 염려없는 금속 버클(고리)도 생각보다 편하고, 무엇보다 배낭 전면을 오픈할 수 있는 게 편리하다. 다이니마 원단이긴 해도 좀 얇아서 잘 찢어질까 걱정이 좀 되고, 커버가 포함되어있지 않아 아쉽다. 하지만 예상외로 몸에 잘 맞고 편해서 3계절 주력 배낭이 될 것 같은 예감이 든다..
The last hitch of the PCT. I can't believe it was only 6 months ago I hitched for the first time in my life. From the first hitch, (a guy lost on his way to a meeting but still had time to pick up random hitch hikers) to wedding parties, off-duty policeman and helicopter pilots. Mode of transports included cramped middle seats, laying on a bed of camper vans and back of pick ups. Thank you to all the amazing human beings and trail angels who made me remember how good humanity is. Won't forget to #payitforward one day.
Thanks Rocky for being my hitching buddy and @thejlberry for the beautiful sign 😂
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Canada🇨🇦 I’ve made it🍾 The PCT is done. From Mexico to Canada. I’m happy and proud😎
I have left many footprints since I’ve started. It was always my hope, my desire and the belief in this special feeling I was following, that made me go this way. Now I’m looking back and everything seems like the blink of an eye...although it was a long way up to here! And now I’m here...I’ve arrived! *Live your dreams*
Ich habe viele Fußspuren hinterlassen seitdem ich aufgebrochen bin. Es war immer meine Hoffnung, meine Sehnsucht und das Vertrauen in dieses eine Gefühl dem ich gefolgt bin und das mich diesen Weg hat gehen lassen. Jetzt da ich zurückblicke, erscheint alles wie ein einziger Augenblick...und doch war es ein weiter Weg bis hierher! Und nun bin ich hier...ich bin angekommen! *Lebe deine Träume*
After 2650mi (4200km) and 162 days on the trail, a dream came true.
It was a great lifetime experience. I will never forget all those great moments I’ve had on this trip. Thanks to all my friends back home for motivating me with messages, to keep ongoing. Thanks to all the hiker trash I’ve met in this time. Thanks to my fellow hikers and my trail family.
Coyote 🇫🇷 @ajouannic
Road Runner 🇫🇷 @mayeur_og
Lizard 🇩🇪 @fifty_seven9
Open Toe 🇮🇹 Ketchup🇨🇭 Blueberry 🇺🇸 @thejlberry
Patch 🇺🇸 @patchhikes
Big Boy 🇺🇸 @laurenhikesmountains
Stuck onthe ground 🇺🇸 @jamieetrapp
Green beaver🇺🇸 @jackthebear0077
Gravity 🇺🇸 @arrstrattz
Fireball 🇩🇪 @evawandering
Ranch🇨🇭 Poptart🇨🇭 @floeckerz
Miguel 🇲🇽 @miguel_rt5
And of course, thanks to all your trailangels and good souls out there for the trail magic, the hitches, the good words and all those great moments. Your awesome👍🏻 #pct#pct2018#pctclassof2018#pcta#trekthepct#hiking#hikingadventures#pctig#timeofmylife#thruhike#osprey#ospreypacks#rei#pacificcresttrail#exped#hikertrash