Sander on the PCT

Leaving on a jetplane

19 Apr 2018

... don't know when I'll be back again. Really I don't. My aim is to arrive at Manning Park somewhere around 15-20th of September. But it's impossible to know how my body will react, what the weather conditions will be, the amount of detours due to fire closures and how long it will take before I get a mental breakdown.

No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

From now on, it's adventures first. America second. Tomorrow 12:25 my flight to Los Angeles leaves at Zaventem.

These past few weeks have been way too hectic. Gentse Hoppers Exchange, moving out of my apartment and getting ready for this trip. Especially moving out of your apartment a few days before embarking on a 5+ month hike.. not the best combination. Take my word on this one!

As some of my gear is - hopefully - waiting for me in San Diego, I'll omit a picture of all the stuff I'm taking for now. A rather complete gear list can already be found on though. I opted to take as little as possible. The reasoning being, if you take too much, you are carrying extra weight until you realize you don't need something and ditch it. If you take too little, you are hiking with a lighter pack until you realize you might need some additional gear :) Makes sense? Of course! I'll make a neatly arranged picture when I have everything in San Diego. As for resupply strategy, you can find mine in detail below.


On the left how other people plan their resupply, preparing boxes to send and pick up along the trail. To the right, my current resupply strategy. Still pretty limited, but working on it. Two days in San Diego to figure this out with the help of true professionals. It's common practice to send boxes to yourself with food and/or new gear. The need for this gets bigger as you get further up North, especially in Washington where resupplying can be difficult without sending boxes. More so if you want to eat something different than noodles. Not too worried about that in the SoCal desert (yet).

That's all for now.
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