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Pacific Crest Trail Map
The PCT has been on my bucket list for a while now, overwhelming, mysterious and some 6000 miles from what I mostly call home here in Copenhagen.
That changed last Thanksgiving when I happened to go for a run at Odell Lake (OR), and suddenly realized I was running on the PCT :) It's just a trail between the trees, a little snow, a lake here and there, and some towering rock now and then. Beautiful, silent and very real. I didn't know it at the time, but, mystery gone, I was hooked!
Actually, my plan was to go sailing for a couple of years, cross an ocean, maybe more, but the vessel required for that adventure remains a little pricy, and while I wait for another wave of financial crisis to wash over us, hey, why not go for a hike?
So, I now have tickets and B2 visa for the US (hopefully the border officer will let me stay the full 6 months when I touch down!) and even permission to enter Canada via the PCT, which feels like a very theoretical thing at this point. Almost hubris just to have that paper :|
As day 1 moves closer, my evenings are spent trying to cut weight from my luxurious pack, rearranging supply plans and debating the choice of footwear with anyone who will listen - I'll even throw in a couple of beers. I have never really hiked in anything but boots, my favorite since many years the Asolo Fugitive, so the prospect of backpacking in sneakers, and that really does seems to be the way to go, has me worrying about injuries.
Emotionally, I flip between the bliss of being so close to the trail, and the panic of the planning that remains, like a dream where I suddenly wake up at an exam as the professor says "15 minutes left", and I look down on my half-finished first question, and then out the window at the blue sky outside...
See you out there,
Ulf of (currently) Copenhagen
A Dane lived in Oregon & Washington for a couple of years, developed a taste for the mountains (we don't have any in case you wonder!) and just keeps coming back for more. This time for the PCT.