Monday, October 20, 2014

The Art Of War

I've been home for about a week now. While I'm still struggling with getting used to civilization again, I thought it'd be worthwhile to inform you of the things that happened in the final stretch of my journey. From guerrilla warfare through Forests of Gold to the near-loss of several hundred bucks of camera equipment, this section included quite some vivid experiences. And, of course, a glorious and happy ending in Canada!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This Is The End... My Only Friend, The End

I just walked from Mexico to Canada. No big deal.

After having hiked over 2,660 miles (~4,300 km) I'm enjoying my well-deserved beer at the U.S.-Canada border.

Just wanted to let you know. Stay tuned for more. I'll post some more articles in the next couple of days and weeks, including a report of the final stretch between Skykomish and Manning Park, B.C., Canada.

Happy Trails,
Cheeseburger

Friday, September 26, 2014

Final Spurt

Today marks my five month anniversary on the PCT. I've hiked through the desert and the High Sierras. I've seen devastating forest fires and enormous volcanoes. Through the Californian drought into alpine mountains and back into desert again. Through lava fields in Oregon into the evergreen woods of Washington. I've met friends and Trail Angels who made this trip an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. I've hiked almost 2,500 miles. With less than 200 miles left on this journey I'm in the final stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail. I'm about to leave Skykomish now; there's only one more town stop left before I walk into Canada: Stehekin, Washington. I'm well prepared and ready to end this. The next time you'll hear from me I'll be a PCT thru-hiker. But before I do so, let me tell you what the last couple of weeks have been like.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Of Thunderstorms, Fires and Lava Fields

After two Zeros I finally worked up the courage to leave Ashland; not an easy task in a town like this. With an amazing hostel, movie theatres, a lot of great restaurants and the best ice cream I've ever had, this place was a true vortex. But eventually I forced myself to go back to my beloved PCT.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Farewell, California... Farewell!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to announce that on August 11, 2014, after more than three and a half months and 1700 miles of hiking, I bid farewell to the state of California and crossed the border into Oregon. With forest fires burning on every side of the trail, entire landscapes filled with smoke, and white ashes falling from the sky like snow, the last sections were quite scary.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Halbzeit!

Germany may have won the Soccer World Cup, but we haven't won the PCT yet. But there's good news: the first half of the game is over. Not only have I crossed the 1000-mile-marker a couple of weeks ago, but just yesterday morning I reached the trail's midpoint a few miles before I made it into the town of Chester.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Eaten Alive, Or: How To Outsmart Vampires

Kearsarge Pass. Glen Pass. Pinchot Pass. Mather Pass. Muir Pass. Evolution Creek Ford. Selden Pass. Bear Creek Ford. Silver Pass. Postholing through waist-deep snowfields. Countless mosquitoes. Swollen knee. Stiff muscles. Sore tendons. Sunburnt skin. Weak motivation. Broken boots. Subsisting on Ibuprofen for three days. On from Red's Meadow to Mammoth Lakes. Broken, beat and scarred. Time for three Zeros, at least. Time to pay the price for a section of the trail that is as tough as it is rewarding.