Friday, April 11, 2014

About to hit the JMT?

Allrighty folks... Hiking season is open! Those lucky PCT bastards are hitting the trail, taking pics at the monument in Campo, working their way thru the desert...
Na a don't worry, we JMT wussies still have a bit of time to prepare. Allright allright... of course we are no wussies, WE'RE ABOUT TO ROCK THE SIERRA. Well actually, not "we"... "YOU" are! I'm stuck in Europe, so "you" are gonna have to do it! Climb your way out of the valley, or worse (well that actually depends on how you see it), climb Whitney on day 1! O man! How jealous I am of all of you, whether you're about to embark on a journey of thousands of miles or may it just be a few hundred through the magnificent Sierra! You damn lucky merican hikers, YOU'RE ALL GONNA HAVE A HIKE OF A LIFETIME!!!

As I am not qualified YET to give you any advice on hiking badass trails like the PCT or CDT, I'll have to stick with the JMT. For now my ego is fine with that ;c) After all one must say: The John Muir Trail is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS AMAZING BREATHTAKING MOTHERFUCKING GREAT! Yet it really ain't about the name or the trail or whatever. It's about nature, about wilderness, about the delicate beauty of the tiniest plant, about the majesty of those granite walls, and about everything inbetween. It's about the soft yellow light that hits your eye first thing in the morning, about the smell of cedar trees when you hike down from Sallie Keyes Lakes (or towards SKL if you're a northbounder), it's about the view that makes your body freeze when you see Center Peak and the mountains around, it's about being a part of it all when you sit down in Mc'Clure Meadow, watch the sun set and you feel so grateful that you are right there on that one spot in the middle of all that beauty!!! O you know... it's about soooo much more than just "a trail"!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lessons learned

After each hike it's time to ask some questions: What went wrong? What worked well? What did I swear about? What would I do different on future hikes? Well well let's get to it:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hiking across the Teide National Park - Tenerife

Cat about to rock the Teide!
First decent hikingtrip of the season: Check! First camping on a snowfield at 3400m (11154ft): Check! First sunburn of the year: Check! First cactus fig picking and eating: Check! First time nauseous of gaining too much elevation meters in one day: Check! My hikingtrip across Tenerife was a trip of "firsts". And it was a trip of "finally-s": Finally, I'm hiking again! Finally, I'm out in the wild again! Finally, my feet do what they are ment for again! Finally, I'm eating shitty backpackers food again! Finally finally finally!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pico del Teide... here I come!

Yesterday I started preparing for our hike across Teneriffa... Eh jep apart from gear and food, there ain't much to prepare. We have a map, know where we wanna go, we'll see what we get when we're out there. Wuhuuu I can't wait to be hiking again. Nothing like a thru-hike, I know, but at least HIKING!
My gearlist is very similar to my JMT gearlist, except that I won't bring a tent but a tarp and no bearcan haha. I think I'll go without a rainjacket (no rain in forecast), but maybe will take another lightweight downjacket. I haven't weighed my backpack yet (jeeee girl!) but it feels pretty lightweight! As for food, whoops I think I have toooo much. O well whatever, I'll try to eat like a trailmonster :cP
Anyway, I'll be back in one week and tell you guys all about it. Meanwhile: Happy trails to all of you (those lucky PCT bastards are about to hit the trail! Go hiker trash!!!!!)!!!!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Oops I did it again!

Wuhuuu! I am proud to announce: I QUIT MY JOB!!! Again! Am I crazy? Yes! Does it feel good? Yes! What are you gonna do now? What I love! Things can't change if you don't start making changes, right?  Last monday I was on my way to work when all of a sudden a feeling came over me like "I really don't wanna do this anymore", it was like a heavy load pushing on my chest. I managed to stay on that job for 6 months, whoops... I'm just not made for that "normal life thing"! I feel trapped and caged, it restricts me and kills my creativity!
I remember the words that came to my mind when I was hiking last summer.  As long as I feel trapped in a normal job, I just can't be me...

Not to be tamed
Not to be catched
Not to be caged
I am like a fire
like hot burning flames
I am what should be
set out to be free
I'm not to be kept
in one place to stay
I'm not a hunter and 
I'm not a prey
I'm raw like a wolf, like a bear, like a shark
I'm like a cat with eyes in the dark
Don't come too close
Don't hold for too long
I'm ready to bite
I'm ready to fight
I'm not to be tamed

So what I'm gonna do is: Fly to Teneriffa on saturday, hike across the island and climb the Teide next week, come back and start having the guts to really live my life the way I want it. How I'm gonna make a living? Get more involved in our wilderness school, try to start giving courses in lightweight backpacking, let my creativity grow again (I have a tiny brand called "Helenmade" under which I make and sell hats, jewelry, felted stuff,... ), write songs,... 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Rockland Legend Trail

Go figure... Just about 1,5 h driving from my place starts a trail called the "Rockland Legend Trail". If you now picture deep canyons, rapid rivers and high mountains I might have to disappoint you. Yet after my 3-day hike along this trail I still concluded... hiking in Europe ain't that bad after all. It do is very different from hiking in America, except for the part where you put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. In Europe we don't have many big wilderness areas left so you'll be going through little villages and towns at least once a day. No worries about resupplying or water yet also no getting away from it all for days and days and getting back into your "natural mode" (which to me is one of the greatest things about hiking in a country with huge non-civilized areas). Anyway, back to the Rockland Legend Trail. I guess the trail just opened a few years ago. The trailsigns all seem to be very new and it looks like hardly anyone has been hiking there (though that might of course be because of the fact it's still winter here).The trailsign definitely is one of the cutest I've ever seen... a little blue ghost making a peacesign (or do ghosts only have two fingers???)...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

How to recognize HIKER TRASH in the "normal world"!

It's been a while... I know... I feel it... I'm getting all agitated and fuzzy. I haven't seen a trail for too long... I mean like a decent trail... In one year I'll be all excited and preparing like nuts for the PCT... Right now I feel winter is getting to me, even though we haven't got real winter this year (not just yet but who knows what is coming tomorrow). Once again I find myself asking questions like "Is this how life should be?" and "What the heck am I waiting for?" I guess it's the time of the year. Till February I seem to be able to keep the winter darkness outside of my soul. But then all of a sudden it hits me and my heart feels the aching and longing for springtime, for new life, for bird songs, for wearing T's, for getting out into the woods barefooted... And meanwhile while I get up when it's still fucking dark (which should just be prohibited!) and I drag myself to work, I'm trying to figure out, how to change my life so that I'm not ending up in that rat race.
Na a don't worry! This ain't gonna be a "drag you down" post... Cuz underneath my fuzzy mind there's a heart jumping up and down, looking forward to the adventures that lay ahead. Oh and there is my soul... my brave little soul that has the need to fulfill dreams!

Allright now my question for this post is: HOW DO I RECOGNIZE HIKER TRASH IN THE "NORMAL WORLD"? There could be some debating done on what the "normal world" is but heck we'll have that discussion some other time, over some beer, na over some wiskey. Cuz I kinda got tired of those "we live in a bad society-"discussions. So you might wanna bring something to drink if you wanna have a conversation like that with me. Anyway back to hiker trash. For those people not familiar with the thru hiking slang, let me explain what hiker trash is supposed to be:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I won I won I won!!!

Wuuuuhuuuu allrightyyyy! I won a ti pot from Gossamer Gear! I participated in a game on Facebook and I hardly could believe it when I read my name in a post a couple of days later... announcing I'm one of the winners!!!! Yeeeeeeeeeeah!!!
It took some time for it to arrive coming all the way from the US. But it got here and the next day I went out into the woods to cook a great lunch in my new ti pot... So thank you Gossamer Gear! I love the pot!!!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

He said "You're crazy!" ... I happily confirmed!

Allrightyyyy... Last week the hikingseason 2014 started! Even though my knee ain't better I really wanna get in shape again cuz 2014 is gonna be a hell of a hikingyear... Climbing the Teide and crossing Teneriffa, hiking through Sarek NP in Sweden or the Tour du Mont Blanc in France and hopefully hitting the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand by the end of the year. Along with getting in shape it's all about gear testing and just being outdoors... enjoying nature, connecting with the land, feeling Mother Earth beneath my two small feet. I call myself lucky living in the middle of the woods. I just have to grab my backpack and go. Leave the daily routine behind, come back to my senses, remember what life is about... It's funny cuz when I'm in my tiny cuddly warm home I sometimes (eh yeah that's an understatement) have to give myself a decent kick in the ass before that same ass is willing to move away from the comfy sofa...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

JMT 2013 - complete gear review

Aaaaah!!! Is this it? My last post about the JMT before I start preparing the Te Araroa Trail, the PCT and some smaller hikes across Europe? Jee... not sure... It's so DAMN hard to let go... O I know there is so much to look forward to and I consider myself being one of the luckiest persons on earth... I guess I'll always find myself inbetween trail melancholy and trail excitement... except if I'm on a trail... then I am trail happiness haha :c)

Anyway, considering the title it ain't hard to guess what this post is about: IT'S ABOUT GEAR. Again! DAMN RIGHT! (Guess I'm a gear junkie after all... whoops) In one of my last posts I wrote about my favorites and my yeah... not-favorites. This time it's all about the details. Now don't expect me to be all technical and rational (na-a that's just not me ;c)... I'm gonna do this the womad-way ;c)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Trailart? Suuuure...

During my JMT Thru-hike I did a bit of water colors in my journal... Nothing fancy, but just for the fun of it. I am no Kolby Kirk (check his journals, he is absolutely AMAZING!), that's for sure... But I enjoyed painting so much (even when I'm not too good at it... who cares ;c) when I had a longer lunchbreak or I got to camp early... That wasn't all too often, but still.... When I'm hiking the PCT I'm definitely taking my mini water color set along!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Gear junkie?

Am I a gear junkie? Yes... No... Maybe...
Fact is: I love nice lightweight gear. Fact is too: The lightest gear is the gear you don't bring. The JMT was my introduction to lightweight backpacking. I think I did fairly well, though there certainly is a lot of room for improvement. My backpack weighed about 26 lb (13kg) at it's heaviest (leaving MTR with 9 days worth of food)... That didn't feel toooo comfortable, so for my PCT thruhike I'm definitely gonna make some changes.

My top 3:
  1. My Dirty Girl Gaiters: ABSOLUTELY LOVED THEM!!! Kept all debris out of my shoes: Result: Zero blisters!!! And never having to stop to take little stones or rocks out.

My JMT in numbers

  • Number of days on trail: 25
  • Number of rainy days: really actually just 1, and then it wasn't just rain but hail too.
  • Longest day: 16 miles (eh right, definitely am no fastpacker)
  • Shortest day: 6 miles
  • Number of time I fell: 3 times
  • Number of days with a hurting knee: 25
  • Number of bears spotted: 3 (eh yeah... on freakin' day 1!!!)
  • Number of mountain lions spend the night with: 1 (eh yeah... on freakin' day 2!!!)

Friday, December 27, 2013

The freedom of going solo?

When I hit the trail at the 23th of August 2013 I intended on solo thruhiking the JMT. I never had done anything like that before. I had turned 30, got divorced in the past year and I felt like if I needed something what I call "a battle for FREEDOM".
I've done a fairly amount of travelling around the globe but I never did a solo thruhike. I decided I didn't wanna wait no longer for anyone coming along, cuz somehow waiting for other people also feels like being caged. I told myself, if I'm brave enough to do a thruhike on my own, I will feel free. And I did feel freedom to a certain point, yet I also realised freedom is something you create in your mind.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Finding answers...

A rainbow coming out of Muir hut!
It's been 3 months now since I summited Mount Whitney and thru-hiked the John Muir Trail. Especially the first month after I got back hasn't been easy and even now after 3 months I still miss the trail and everything that comes around with it.
I've really had a hard time adapting to "normal life" and civilization, going back to work, having the daily worries (which I of course mainly create myself), meeting up with society's and my own expectations, picking out clothes everyday (ooo trail life was sooo easy), being all clean and tidy... Na I don't like it! I'm the kinda woman who likes a bit (eh yeah a fairly bit) of dirt under her nails, and the story of a trail carved into the lines of her face (even though I'm only 31)! I'm the kind of person who likes the tan on my skin from which you can't say whether the sun gave it to me or if it's the trail dust sticking to my legs...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DAY 25: Sunrise on MOUNT WHITNEY!!!

Monday 16th September 2013: Guitar Lake - Mount Whitney - Trail Crest - Whitney Portal

The last day on trail... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! My heart is crying and big tears drip down from my cheeks before I am ready to get out of my sleeping bag. I don't want this to end. This is perfect. This is what life should be ALL the time!!!
I force myself to get up shortly after Joe's alarm plays "The final countdown"... It's a bittersweet wake-up call at midnight. We have breakfast and coffee in the dark, though isn't all that dark as the moon is almost full and lightens Mount Whitney and the mountains and rocks around it. OMG! In a few hours I'll be up there!!!

Day 24: Playing my ukulele at Guitar Lake :c)

Sunday 15th September 2013: Tyndall Frog Ponds - Bighorn Plateau - Crabtree Meadow - Guitar Lake

Today should have been an easy day. Only 10 miles, no passes... Still we had to descend and climb quite a bit. Soon after we left camp, we reached the Bighorn Plateau, which I've been curious for since I hit the trail. Kind of a surreal landscape!!! Descending through a pine forest (and again a forest that had a totally diferent "character" than the forests I crossed before) we ate lunch shortely before the crabtree junction.... After that we only had a few miles to go but DAMN that felt hard. As I was passing Timberline Lake I was like: "Now where is that fuckin' guitar????" Haha! Yet we saw Mount Whitney rising up in front of us!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Day 23: Dance on Forester Pass!!! My first 4000m pass!!! YEAH!

Saturday 14th September 2013: Upper Basin - Forester Pass - Tyndall Frog Ponds

Oh Fiiiiiinally... I slept WELL! Thank you lord! Left camp at 8am. Slow but steady. 3,5h to Forester. What a smooth and breathtaking climb! Stairway to heaven! I was like "AUS'M HÄUSCHEN" when I hit the pass. MY FIRST 4000M PASS! So exciting! Took a hell lot of pics and I DANCED ON FORESTER while the boys were singing that silly milkshake song HAHAHA! Party for my first 4000m!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Day 22: TRAIL MAGIC on friday the 13th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday 13th!!!! (from now on that's a LUCKY day) September 2013: Dollar Lake - Rae Lakes - Glen Pass - Upper Basin

Jee I slept so bad I had a hard time leaving camp this morning. Still I managed to do some laundry and hit the trail by 8:15am. At breakfast we saw a bunch of deer hanging around camp. Maybe they made the noises I so freaked out about at night. Hm that mountain lion night might have caused a bit of a trauma I'm afraid...
Anyway I left camp together with Stephan and Tilt, though hiked a bit on my own for the first few miles. Oh I love those first few hours of hiking in the morning where the air isn't too hot yet and my legs and mind are fresh and happy.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Day 21: The long way down from Pinchot Pass

Thursday 12th September 2013: Marjorie Lake - Pinchot Pass - Dollar Lake

Left early at 7:30am. Enjoyed the climb up to Pinchot Pass. Played the ukulele on top. Long long long way down. Meeting Pat with his Z-Packs Backpack (told me he gave the boys a cliff bar for me... hahaha they met him before and told him they have a skinny person in their group who could use some extra calories.... eh yeah... that'd be me.... Ain't that sweet?) BEAUTIFUL RED ROCKMOUNTAIN (no idea how to describe it) along the trail. Hard afternoon down a valley which gave my eyes a break from the majesty and beauty of the mountains we saw before.

Day 20: Kiss the ground girl! Kiss the ground!

Wednesday 11th September 2013: Upper Pallisade Lake - Mather Pass - Marjorie Lake

Fiiiinally I had a good nights sleep and woke up early to hit Mather Pass. What a great and amazing climb. Beautiful views of the Pallisade Lakes. I did feel that I was getting up high. Wow the hightest my own feet ever took me. THANK YOU FEET! 3688m! And I'm gonna break that record again tomorrow. Wuhuuu!
Up on Mather Pass we met a woman doing the High Sierra Route on her own, being  a professional backcountry photographer! Pretty cool!
The switchbakcs down were nice and smooth... Though somehow the ground wanted to kiss me! As I was making a little video I twisted my ankle which made me tumble... AND O YEAH!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Day 19: A tortuce on the GOLDEN STAIRCASE

Tuesday 10th September 2013: Middle Fork - Golden Staircase - Upper Palisade Lake

Though I didn't sleep too much tonight, my knee felt better and after a great breakfast (have to remember: I like MH Granola with blueberries) We left camp at 8am. First going gently uphill through a beautiful green forest with ferns. The sun became hot very quickly and in the heath of the day we started climbing the golden staircase. 
DAMN THAT WAS GREAT! I kinda loved that climb. SLOW BUT STEADY LIKE A TORTUCE. The views were just stunning, breathtaking, amazing.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 18: Beauty overload!

Monday 9th September 2013: Wanda Lake - Muir Pass - Le Conte Canyon

Bad night's sleep. Rain. Early wake up. Sunrise over Wanda Lake. 2 Coffees. Early leave. 1 hour to Muir Hut. 30 minutes Muir Hut loneliness. Ukulele playing on the doorsteps. HELEN LAKE. Loooong way down. Dizzy. Tired. Need water. Toooo much nature beauty to take in. Give me a break nature. Give me a boring forest. NOT. Aua my heart. GREATNESS OF NATURE! HUMBLE ME. Heart spilling over. Impressive huge rocky mountains, waterfalls, meadows. Me. Dead. Tired. Stumbling down 4000 feet. Knee hurt. Tired. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH ROCK MONSTER!!!!!! Energy boost. Funny family pics. 5 more miles to go. WHAT???? O damn. Look down. No. Look those mountains. Sun hiding behind. Rainclouds can't get over. Dust thrown up. Mystical atmosphere. Knee Auaaaaa... How much longer? Fight! I wanted to do this. Keep going. Thank you trees for the shade. Sooo much beauty! Finally! Camp! Food! Eat! Pee! Poo! Bed! GRATEFUL!!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Day 17: Evolution Valley touching my heart!

Sunday 8th September 2013: McClure Meadow - Evolution Valley - Wanda Lake

Today I got up early and had a great breakfast whilst enjoying the MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE I've ever seen. At about 8:10am TAW and I left camp, leaving the boys and MG behind... knowing we'd meet them at Wanda Lake at our next campspot. We climbed out of the valley and my pack didn't feel as heavy as yesterday. In fact I felt great and I enjoyed hiking and chatting and taking in the amazing views.
As we hit Evolution Lake my eyes filled with tears cuz I hardly could take in all that beauty.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Day 16: OH that HEAVY pack!!!

Saturday 7th September 2013: Muir Trail Ranch to McClure Meadow

In the morning I went over to the dining room for breakfast. OMG!!! I ate like a monster: burrito, cereal, wafels,... That was so damn GOOD GOOD GOOD. I ate like as if there is no tomorrow and I "borrowed" (ok I took it... I'm so sorry MTR but it really was for a good cause!) food for my family out there in the wilderness. While they all enjoyed their burritos, fruits and chocolate, TAW played the ukulele. GREAT!
Then we hit the trail. O damn damn damn it promised to be a fucking hard day cuz my pack felt so so so heavy! Loads of people crossed our trail while still being close to MTR and I suddenly felt all ANTI-SOCIAL. I didn't feel like meeting people. Dammit... get outta my way you speeding people! Tilt made the right comment saying " This is like a freakin' highway!". Though luckely after a few hours it got way more quiet

Monday, September 30, 2013

DAY 15: A KITKAT for CAT!!!! Resupplying at MTR!!!!!!

Friday 6th September 2013: Sallie Keyes Lake - Muir Trail Ranch:

Wow this must have been a cold night cuz when I put my sleeping bag on the rocks ice would form on it. (My sleeping bag has been named "THE MOTHERSHIP" cuz I have the warmest and fluffiest bag of us all... yeah!) After breakfast TAW played the ukulele and I sang when the sun rose over the rim of the mountains. It was just perfect. Right now everybody is packing their stuff and I am enjoying the sun and the gentle breeze at Sallie Keyes Lakes. O man!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

DAY 14: Tooooo much beauty OH GREAT MOTHER EARTH!!!

Thursday 5th September 2013: Rosemarie Meadow - Marie Lake - Selden Pass - Sallie Keyes Lakes:

After a great nights sleep I watched the sun rise on the mountains around Rosemarie Meadwo. Again it took us ages to break camp.... Jeeeee seems like I'm getting slower every day (well hm that's what you get when you unpack the Ukulele after breakfast... wouldn't wanna miss that though!!!!!)
Wow I can't believe this is day 14 already. It doesnt't feel like it. But I love it that my body does so damn great (well except for my knee but that was my own fault, hiking more than 25miles in one day before I leave)! So far I haven't had any muscle aches, blisters or what so ever! That's amazing!!!

DAY 13: One foot in front of the other on the Dragon's back!

Wednesday 4th September 2013: VVR-Junction to Rosemarie Meadow:

Wow, today was kind of a rough day. We hit the Dragon's Back (unendless switchbacks through pine and aspen forest) five minutes after breaking camp (which we did like waaaaay tooo late... hoping our stuff would get dry.... yeah NOT!). I felt ok going uphill thouhg my knee was hurting. Yet the next part of the trail... I don't know. I felt so slow even if the terrain was pretty easy. Luckely at some point we reached Bear Creek and we had a great bath! That was so DAMN GOOD and I felt really refreshed. Still it was a good thing we only had another 3 miles till camp at Rosemarie Meadow, where we had a lovely little fire and waited for shooting stars giving us wishes!

DAY 12: Silver Pass in the HAIL

Thursday 3th September 2013: Virginia Lake - Silver Pass - VVRjunction:
I woke up early at Virginia Lake. Unfortunately I didn't have any cereals left for breakfast so I had to stuff in the oatmeal that I started hating... It just tastes disgusting!
We left at about 9am, ready for a 13 mile day... And oh boy, that was a day! After Virginia Lake it went all downhil and the next moment if went uphill all the way to silver pass. Jeeeeeee the scenery was so damn stunning. We went through so many different landscapes. I just couldn't believe my eyes. My heart had difficulties taking in all thet BEAUTY. Holy Spirit!

DAY 11: Fighting the mountain lions in my head

Monday 2nd September 2013: Deer Creek - Purple Lake - Virginia Lake: After breakfast I was
the first to get moving. I felt like hiking alone and I was pretty fast. The first 4 miles after Deer Creek I hiked uphill through a forest and I kinda freaked out cuz I imagined a mountain lion in every tree. As I saw three deer running away I stopped breathing for a sec and I heard my heart banging in my ears. I started imagining me being a wolf and I was all ready to fight. Meanwhile words came to my head. And I kept repeating and repeating and repeating them. Here's how they go:

Friday, September 27, 2013

DAY 10: Smooth and easy!!!

Sunday 1st September 2013: Reds Meadow to Deer Creek: Today we all got up pretty early cuz
we were all craving for a 'merican breakfast at the Mule's Café (hahaha the POWER OF FOOD!!!) After packing all our stuff we headed over there for the third time and I ate my FIRST AMERICAN PANCAKES (damn right that's a epic moment to remember!!!!) Jihaaaaaa! O man! I was totally stuffed but we had to get going. It was so SAD to leave LINDSEY! Really really really too bad that she has to go back to work!
Still the rest of the family had to hit the trail and we hiked through the landscape scarred by the rainbow fire of 1992.

Day 9: Go wolf!

Saturday 31th August 2013: Rosalie Lake - Gladys Lake - Devils Postpile - Reds Meadow:

I had the most lovely campspot at Rosalie Lake, safely tucked in by pinetrees. Still I didn't sleep too much. As I got up TAW and MG were up already and we had a nice lazy breakfast. Ha I looove breakfast! By 8:30 am I left camp and headed to Gladys Lake. I kinda enjoyed hiking alone but it did feel great to know that TAW and MG were right behind me. And it was funny tracking Lindsey's an the boys' footprints till Gladys Lake. The scenery was pretty impressive... huge huge huge trees... it somehow had a special atmosphere. I noticed me having a hard time having a quiet mind, not having conversations in my head,

Day 8: Swearing, cursing?! HELL YEAH I'm on the freakin' JMT!!!!

Friday 30th august 2013: 1000 Island lake - Garnet Lake - Rosalie Lake:
Today I woke up early enough to see the sun rise and the BEAUTIFUL ALPENGLOW climbing the mountains around 1000 island lakes! That was such a great start of the day even if I hardly slept at night. O man! I REALLY HAVE TO STOP WORRYING ABOUT ANIMALS COMING BY AT NIGHT! I had all my JMTfriends and Tilt closeby and still... Now I worried about critters biting thru my tent... In the morning the noise turned out to be just the tentfly scratching against some dry grass. O dear! I have to relax! The coyotes didn't bother me anymore as soon as I thought: Well they're just like our foxes in Europe.
Anyway... we had a lazy but wonderful breakfast (enjoying sunrise) and we only left camp by noon. Tilt went for a run up the mountain and brought back some freakin' snow and ice!!! HAHAHA!!! We made a SNOWMAN right at 1000 island Lake and after that the boys started playing basebal with the iceball and a trekking pole! O DAMN that was sooooooooo funny!!!

DAY 7: Go go go Donahue and Island Pass!

Thursday 29th August 2013: Lake 160 - Donahue Pass - Island Pass- 1000 Island Lake:
What a night! What a night! Without sleep.... The wind was blowing soooo damn hard that it felt as if my tent could fly away, jeeeeeeeee! Anyway I left camp at about 8:15am (I'm only just guessing cuz I didn't bring a watch.... I love to live TIMELESS!!!) and I hit Donahue Pass right away. That went smoothly, yeah!
Whilst hiking I thought about Bobcat. How peaceful and happy and at ease he seemed! Like he had nothing to worry about. Wow even after all those miles he was so honestly struck by the beauty of nature. Just like me but this is only day 7 on trail. wow! He had such a happiness and peacefullness around him!!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

DAY 6: The looooooooong way up thru Lyell Canyon

Wednesday 28th August 2013: Tuolomne Meadows-Lake 160 (just under Donahue Pass)
O I slept great. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Most fellow hikers are still asleep but probably not for much longer as it got light some time ago. Gonna get up and have breakfast and coffee...Yummieeeeeeee...
I was the first one to leave this morning. After a mile of hiking almost next to the road the trail entered Lyell Canyon and from the beginning till the end I was struck by its BEAUTY! Man man man! I couldn't stop saying. AW THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! It did feel like a really really really long way thru the canyon though. Must have been quite some miles!


Tuesday 27th August 2013: We woke up early in the morning to make sure we wouldn't miss the bus to Tuolomne. I've been awake for a while...well actually... most of the night... having flash backs and having a damn nightmare. I guess my mind and body are still trying to process. It'll probably take while till I'll be able to sleep normal again :c( Anyway, by 7:10 am we were of to get a greaaaaat coffeee at Curry Village where we had to say goodbye to Jule. She's heading back to San Francisco and Germany. Gustav and I took the shuttle up to Tuolomne, having a bus driver sharing a whole lot of information about Yosemite.

DAY 4: Down to the valley

Monday 26th August 2013: Wow, I had a good nights sleep. Probably because of the sleeping pill. I just had to really quiet my mind and sleep. Jule told me she heard me wining in my sleep, so I've probably been processing what I'd been through last night. Anyway after I got up I had coffee and breakfost and then had a second coffee when Jule and Gustav had breakfast. We broke camp togehter and made our way down to the valley.

Monday, September 23, 2013

DAY 2 and 3: Half Dome and a MOUNTAIN LION!

Saturday 24th of August (Happy Birthday Mom!!!):
I find it really hard to say something nice about day 2, only because of the fact that my point of view is blurred by what happened last night (I'm writing these lines a day later). But I'm gonna give it a try, so here I go:
I slept pretty well at the campground in Littly Yosemite Valley. Last night Jule and Gustav from Berlin joined me and we had a nice evening togehter. How funny it is out here that with the people you meet you instantly feel well, like as if you have known them way longer.

DAY 1: Snail on Trail

Friday 23th August 2013:
What a day! What a day! What a day! FUCK FUCK FUCK! Climbing out of the valley was breathtaking! Not in a way that it felt hard but in a way that I was left with my mouth wide open every second step I took. I was all the time like: "DAMN THIS IS BEAUUUUTIFUL!!!" I had to stop and take picture ALL the time.

Misses Trust on her way to Yosemite

Thursday 22th August 2013:
I'm on my way, I'm on my way, I'm on my way! HELL YEAH! I've been tossing thru the night, totally excited, thinking about the day, texting with mom haha. Got up at 5:45 am and made it in time to the amtrak bus station. It was a bit of searching and asking but thank god I found it.
Wow this is crazy, I'm sitting in the amtrak train and we're driving next to the sea. There's like nothing inbetween... The railway and just next to it... there are the waves. Crazy!!!