Sander on the PCT



San Diego

25 Apr 2018

After the wonderful trainride to San Diego, I got picked up by someone helping out Scout & Frodo. Another quick stop at the airport to pick up 2 more hikers - funny how easy you recognize them by their gear. Most people did their homework and got the same stuff - and we're off to my hosts for the next few days.

Scout and Frodo

This place is amazing. Scout and Frodo - their trail nicknames - host over 1100(!) different pct hikers from all over the world in little over one month. Drive around 30 people to the southern trail monument each morning, while picking up 30 new at the train station and airport during the day. In between all the other things they do.

Their garage is set up as a work station for putting together resupply boxes to mail to yourself along the trail. Furthermore it's a tiny warehouse as they allow non-US hikers to order gear in the US and have it delivered to their house. I had two packages waiting for me.

Every evening at 18h there is dinner in the backyard after which they have their dinner talk. Advice on how to act on trail intertwined with stories from their own PCT thru-hike. Quiet entertaining!

24/04

I went to the outfitter to get microspikes and a bear canister for the Sierras. Afterwards we walked to the supermarket to get some food for the first few days. I feel pretty lost and end up with a bit of everything. Oatmeal, mashed potatoes. ramen noodles and a whole lot of snacks.

Pictured below is everything I am taking with me. Total weight just below 7kg. Quite happy with that number.

25/04

Filled my bear canister with my microspikes, a bunch of food and went to the post office to mail it to Bear Grumpy resort in Kennedy Meadows, where, after 700 miles you leave the desert behind and enter the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

The guitar sing along session in the evening felt like a fitting end to my wonderful time here. I easily could have stayed for another week. But the trail awaits.

26/04

Wake up at 5, pack up, have breakfast and we leave for the Southern terminus a bit before 6h with about 25 hikers.