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Joel "Blaze" Fisler
City: Currently live in Topanga, CA but my home is Zurich, Switzerland
Country: Switzerland
Begins: Mar 28, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Mar 27th, 2010

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Anza Borrego Desert blooming when we left for the PCT!

Introduction from Joel 'Swiss Guy' Fisler

Did I come all the way to California from Switzerland to hike the PCT? Where did I hear about the PCT? It all began with a software called Geotagger developed by a guy from New Zealand called Craig Stanton. The name may ring a bell already for some former Thru-Hikers or Postholer-Readers: He was part of Class of 2007 (Sunwalker). So anyway, I had some problems with geotagging my photos and sent Craig an email getting a funny autoreply saying that he was gone hiking for half a year. I go "what? How can you hike for a half a year???" and followed his link to his PCT-Blog: pct2007.org. So during the summer of 2007 I loosely followed his blog and became fascinated with the PCT. A year later I started following other PCT-Blogs and bought two books "The Cactus Eater" (which I loved because its hilarious and shows that everyone can become a PCT hiker) and "Zero Days" (which was interesting because of the fact that they did the PCT as a family and I would have loved to do the same). Also in 2008 my wife told me that she would love to go to California for one year and do some research at UCLA for the PhD about Mexican Cinema. So it all fitted together: Together with our son (12 years) we flew to California in summer 2009, found a beautiful home to rent in Topanga Canyon near Santa Monica and I started becoming obsessed with the idea of hiking the PCT in 2010. I even tried to convince my son to join me but being a mountain biker he was not really fond of the idea of hiking for months...

After doing more research and consulting the PCT planner I abandoned the idea of doing a Thru-Hike. I would have to commit my whole spring and summer for the PCT, this would be hard to combine with my (part-time) job, family etc. So currently my goal is to hike all the way from the border to past the Sierra Nevada and then I'll see how far I go. I wont do everything in one hike, I'll have to get back to LA every here and then for work or friends visiting from Switzerland or just to get off the trail and down to the sunny beach sometimes. I will write a blog in English and German so that also friends and family in Switzerland who dont speak English can follow.

GERMAN/DEUTSCH:

Ich habe mich entschlossen für meine Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Wanderung im 2010 ein Journal zu führen. Die meisten PCT-Hikers führen hier auf der Postholer-Website (oder auf der Konkurrenz-Website Trailjournals) ein Trail-Journal und schreiben fast täglich ein paar Sätze zum Tag oder zu aktuellen Ereignissen. So erfährt beispielsweise auch eineiges über die Wasser- oder Schneeverhältnisse indem man die Journals derjenigen die vor einem wandern liest. Oder, wie mir Sir Mix-A-Lot erzählt hat, man läuft tagelang durch die Wüste und gelangt endlich zur Strasse und siehe da, bevor man den Daumen raushalten muss um verzeifelt einen "Ride" in die nächste Stadt zu erhalten, wartet schon ein "Trail Angel" dort weil er gelesen hat, dass die Gruppe demnächst an Punkt X zurück in die Zivilisation kommt. Tönt verlockend, hoffe das passiert mir dann auch mal :-) Und so hat mich Eugene aka Sir Mix-A-Lot's Argument dann übezeugt (siehe sein kurzer Eintrag über unsere Begegnung) und ich beginne hier ein Trail Journal.

Das Journal werde ich sowohl in Englisch als auch in Deutsch schreiben, wobei ich nicht dasselbe schreiben werde. Wer also beider Sprachen mächtig ist darf ruhig beides lesen :-) Die meisten Amis die das hier lesen kennen den PCT, die Trails und die Techniken und vor allem an Details und aktuellen Ereignissen oder Meldungen interessiert (wen wo getroffen, was erlebt etc.). Meine Schweizer Freunde hingegen haben vermutlich wenig Ahnung über die Kalifornischen Wanderwege, über Flora und Fauna oder über Hiking-Ausrüstung etc. Ev. werd ich auf Deutsch auch etwas persönlicher schreiben als auf Englisch, denn fast alle die das auf Deutsch lesen kennen mich vermutlich persönlich.

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Joel 'Blaze' Fislers PCT Blog

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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