a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 573.3 to 592.9. Bushcamp to Bushcamp.
I‘ve had the worst night. I probably wasn’t asleep for more than two hours. And at 4.30 the alarm goes off. What a great start of the day! It takes a couple of minutes until Dario wakes up from his coma. He always has the worst time getting up in the morning. Well, it‘s understandable because knowing that we spend the first half hour of the day taking down our tents and packing everything up in our packs isn‘t all too great.
Then we set off. At this early hour the scenery around us looks beautiful as the sun is about to rise. The trail leads up and down, through overgrown bushes and then along a dirt road. Eventually we decide to have our breakfast which we enjoy in a sunny spot. Bread with salami and cheese. Avocados, tomatoes. Nutella. The first day after town is always the best one because we still carry fresh food. Soon the bread and veggies will be gone and we are stuck with trailmix and snickers again. We also always try to eat the heaviest foods first for obvious reasons.
It starts getting hot, but luckily the trail isn‘t too steep in the morning. Soon we reach our targeted water source where a bear was seen just the other day. Not today though. Two other guys are already there taking a break and we quickly get and filter our water. 20 seconds after we leave the place Dario behind me suddenly starts yelling. I pull my headphone out and turn my head and see him pointing directly at some woods next to the trail I‘ve just passed. A rattlesnake! It‘s green. We’re in the Mojave. It might have actually been the Green Mojave rattlesnake, one of the most venomous snakes out here. Luckily it doesn‘t seem to be interested in us at all and slowly slides away into the woods.
It gets hotter and we are hiking fast just to reach a shaded area for a lunch and nap break asap as I am so tired today. We get lucky but I can‘t cool down and can‘t relax while Dario doesn‘t seem to be having these problems and is already snoring peacefully.
When we hike on we realize that we don‘t have much water left as we have been drinking it greedily due to the heat and will only reach the next water source the next day. We do have enough but just need to drink it responsibly. Which is so hard when it‘s this hot and mostly uphill and we are just so thirsty.
Finally we arrive at our tentsite. It is so lovely! A large meadow with lots of trees and cute tentsites! Doctor Strange, another hiker from Canada, is already there setting up his tent. He informs us that we won’t be seeing much of him because he’s gonna go to bed immediately and get up at 2 am.
Due to our water situation we will use water only to heat up some Indian curry dishes for dinner so that we will be able to drink it afterwards. Indian curry because it‘s the heaviest food we have left. But also the spiciest. It‘s so hot it leaves us even thirstier! After we are done with dinner we quickly get ready for bed and are fast asleep by 7.30pm, a new record!