Day 10

Mile 77-86 Man was it warm today. I headed out on the trail around noon, and it was already searing hot. With eight liters of water in my backpack, the climb uphill was almost unbearable. After a mile I poured out two liters and crossed my fingers that the water cache 13 miles ahead was…

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Day 9

Mile 77-77 After my 2-course breakfast I had a wonderful and relaxing day in Julian. I didn’t do much noteworthy except sleep, eat, sleep some more, read a little and eat some more. I walked around and found an old jailcel which was pretty interesting. Just like in the old cowboy movies. A lovely woman…

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Day 8

Mile 68-77 I reached scissor’s crossing in under 4 hours wich must have been my new speed record. Here I met an older couple who were planning on going to Julian as well. I got the number of a trail angel who was driving people up and down from scissors’s to Julian all day (what…

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Day 7

Mile 52-68 With 6 liters strapped to my back and 16 miles to the next water supply, I headed out for a long and hot day. At the water spigot at about mile 52,5 I met up with a lot of hikers who were all planning on reaching mile 68 wich was great motivation to…

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Day 6

Mile 42-52 It’s true what I’ve heard. A zero day makes you lazy. It took a while to find my rhythm which reflects on my mileage. Still those 10 miles were all centered around this view: Amazing. I also met this incredible man before I set off. He had just walked his dog on parts…

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Day 5

Mile 42-42 What a day. Packed up my gear and went to the foodstore. Drank some fresh coffee, charged my phone, read a book. Then a fellow hiker made me some tortillas filled with chicken flavoured pasta and sausages. It doesn’t sound like much but trust me it felt like I was in a 4…

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Day 4

Mile 32-42: After a 10 mile hike uphill I made it to Mount Laguna. I was tired but excited to take a shower and spend the night sprawled out in a bed. It was a cloudy, cold and rainy day so I couldn’t get to the room fast enough. The big sign in front of…

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Day 3

Mile 20-32: Made it! I’m confused by how I am doing all of this but by some miracle I am. It’s definitely not because of my extremely muscled body. I think it’s a combination of adrenaline and a very high treshhold for pain. The first 5 miles went by in a haze, I was going…

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Day 2

Mile 8-20: I notice a pattern is already starting to form on my thru hike. I start the day happy and full of hope only to be smacked in the face hard by the PCT. Yesterday I woke up sore and bruised. It took me a while to get all my gear sorted out and…

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Day 1

Mile 0-8: After an 18 hour flight, 4 days of running around San Diego picking up the last pieces of gear, a 2 hour bus drive and a 3 mile walk I finally made it to the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. I felt exhilarated because after a year of wondering if I…

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