March 26th was my last day in the office. After working for a corporate for 12 years in various IT leadership positions, a lot of good memories and friendships made it not easy to leave. But I felt it is time to move on and fulfill a dream of a lifetime – to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Mexico to Canada.
A few days before, I sent a good bye mail to the colleagues I had been working with. I received an overwhelming number of positive responses – felt like it was the right thing to do. Thank you to all those colleagues who sent me so kind words – both for the work together as well as respect and encouragement for the journey ahead!
I feel like I have already taken the biggest hurdle on my way to Canada – overcoming the fear to quit a good and well paying job just to fulfill a dream.
Now I am getting more excited every day… April 19th I fly out, on April 21st I will start the trail in Campo, CA at the Southern Terminus of the PCT.
After completing the trail in maximum 6 months (due to weather and visa restrictions), I am looking forward to new professional challenges.
Kungsleden Through Hike in July 2017
Kungsleden or King’s Trail is an amazing hike through 440km wilderness in the very North of Sweden. Plan about three weeks for this hike.
John Muir Trail Through Hike in July 2016
The John Muir Trail in California runs with its 210 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail for most of the time. Hiking in the beautiful High Sierra in California northbound on the PCT and meeting so many PCT hikers in 2016 is my main motivation to hike the complete 2650 miles of the PCT this year. Expect 3 to 4 weeks for the John Muir Trail (JMT) and about 5-6 months for the complete Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Good to have helpful friends. Steven will send me a resupply package to Kennedy Meadows when I arrive there around mid June.
Leather boots for the High Sierra, warmer hiking pants, gloves… and of course my bear canister with seven days of food. The picture above indicates my usual daily planning. Two bags of dry frozen meal for breakfast and dinner plus some bars for the day. There are still four days of the dry frozen meals missing.
There are moments for quietness and there are moments for music.
The playlist here I started after my first longer hike on the John Muir Trail in 2016. It started with several songs by Eddie Vedder from the soundtrack of “Into the wild”. It has since then been growing and kept my spirits up whenever the road got tough.
My playlist on Google Music.