Sander on the PCT

Day 1: Campo to Lake Morena

20.0 miles (32.2km)

26 Apr 2018

Early morning wakeup call. We arrive at the terminus in Campo just after 7h.

After taking the group photo of today's starters and some pictures at the southern terminus, I walked out with a guy from Denmark.

The first 20 miles are a waterless stretch so you have to carry all your water to make it through. 6L of water is heavy! Feels like at least 6kg. But not much to spare when we finally make it to Lake Morena late afternoon. We put up our tents, grab a cheeseburger at the camp store and go to bed around 20h.

Today was incredibly hot, dusty, no shade and plenty of PUDs - pointless up and down. And this isn't even the real desert yet. After all the excitement at the terminus, this first day stretch dragged us back to reality right away. This is going to be tough. We decide to start really early - wake up at 4h30 - tomorrow to get some miles in before the heat takes over.