Unser Leben in der Externalisierungsgesellschaft

Note: The following post is a review of a german book, so it will be also in german.

Sind Mitfahrgelegenheiten nicht was tolles? Für eine bestimmten Zeitraum sich mit einer fremde Personen über Geschichten, Meinungen, Interesse etc. austauschen.
Ich erfuhr von einer Person wie Sie Ihr Leben umkrempelte nachdem Sie vom Krebs geheilt wurde, eine andere erzählte mir von Ihrer Reise aus Sri Lanka, von der Sie gerade zurückkam und nun auf dem Weg zu Ihren Eltern ist. Und eine weitere empfehlet mir diese Buch, nach einem Gespräch über unser heutiges Gesellschaftsbild.

Na dann versuche ich mich mal an einer Zusammenfassung von diesem besagten Buch: Neben uns die Sintflut von Stephan Lessenich.

Es ist uns hoffentlich allen klar, dass wir ein Gutes Leben und einen hohen Wohlstand in Europa haben. Was ich mir denke wenn Menschen von einem Lottogewinn hoffen ist, dass wir durch die Geburt hier bereits das große Los gezogen haben. Doch sollte uns auch folgendes im klaren sein. Im klaren wie wir (im Buch wird vom Globalen Norden geschrieben) dazu kamen und auch das dadurch die Anderen (der globale Süden) dafür hinhalten müssen. Ressourcen werden von außen bezogen oder wir holen uns Arbeitskraft für Dienstleistungen, die keiner von uns machen möchte.

Ein Beispiel: Das viele Futter für unsere gewaltige Tierzucht wird natürlich nicht in D angebaut, sondern wird zu meinst aus Argentinien bezogen, wo “[…]  mehr als 20 Millionen Hektar Ackerland – fast zwei Drittel der fruchtbaren Fläche de Landes, ein Gebiet von der Größe Großbritanniens oder Rumäniens – mit Sojapflanzen bedeckt ist.”,¹  schreibt Stephan Lessenich in seinem Buch. Weitere Beispiele von Shrimps Import, Palmöl Herstellung und Sand Handel folgen.

Und das alles ohne Risiken oder Nebenwirkungen? Schön wäre es. Bauern wird das Land abgenommen, um Platz für die großen Unternehmen zu machen. Ohne Arbeit und der Flucht in die Großstädte verarmen sie dort. Und für uns? Alles okay? Das oben beschrieben Soja ist beispielsweise schon lange kein natürliches Soja, sondern bereits Gen modifiziert und mit dem letztens so bekämpfen Glyphosat behandelt. Na dann Mahlzeit.

Aber das ist nicht alles, wie die Flüchtlingskrise, die schön versucht wird, an der außeneuropäischen Grenze abzublocken. Dies und vieles mehr wird sachlich und präzise beschrieben.

Einiges ist uns sicher auch selbst bewusst und der Autor schafft es in den 199 einen selbst zum Nachdenken anzuregen. Dies ist, was mir auch gut gefällt, man wird angeregt sich selbst eine Meinung zu bilden und was man damit anfängt/dagegen machen will. Mehr und nicht weniger ist auch sein Ziel:

“Es ging hier nicht darum, dem System oder den Leuten moralisches Versagen vorzuwerfen, der Externalisierungsgesellschaft die Leviten zu lesen […]. Eine kritische Sozialwissenschaft hingegen geht anders vor. Sie nutzt den Zeigefinger zum Zeigen und nicht zu Mahnen. Sie verweist auf Macht und Herrschaft statt auf Moral und Gewissen, benennt strukturelle Bedingungen statt ethischer Prinzipien, stellt die Selverständlichkeit von Alltagspraktiken bloß und nicht die Empathiefähigkeiten der Handelten in Frage.”¹

Ist es moralisch das es uns egal ist, was auf der anderen Seite der Welt aufgrund unserem Wohlstand und dem globalen Kapitalismus passiert? Sicherlich nicht. Aber, es passiert leicht sich im Meer von Angeboten von Coffee-2-Go Bechern zu verlieren.
Ich nehme mich selbst auch nicht raus, aus dieser endlos langen Kette von Einflüssen auf die Umwelt und den Mitmenschen. Jedoch kann man seinen Anteil mit Anpassungen extrem reduzieren und das ist auch unsere Pflicht. Schließlich haben wir ja auch das große Los gezogen.

¹Lessenich, Stephan: Neben uns die Sintflut, Die Externalisierungsgesellschaft und Ihr Preis, München, 2016

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2017

Hello my friend!

I know, its been a bit quiet on my blog but I already achieved my new year resolution and updated my blog with my latest tours!!! (Ok kidding, I dont really do resolution but one more thing is checked on my to do list 🙂

In the Europe Section, I wrote about my first Alpine Tours in the Alps with my buddy Lars, who I met on the PCT 2016. He came back from Australia to study just 1,5h away from where I live and we have big plans for 2018, as long he has not to learn or I to work.

My big trip this year was first to California for a week, to attend to a wedding of Alex (a college friend from) and his lovely, now wife, Heather. I also took some time to meet up with Morning Glory, who hiked with me the last two month on the PCT.

After that, I flew down south until Cusco, Peru. My first trip to South America. And it gets better. Thanks to facebook (one of the only good thing about it), one of the Spork Brothers (I you dont know what I mean, read this) Matt came from Canada to join me. Sadly, Fabien was able to come as well, but he was with us in our minds.

We hiked to multi day trips, the Santa Teresa Trek to Machu Picchu and the Ausangate Circuit. Both you can find in the Peru section, which is in Englisch and German!

and thats it… with the adventures, the activities, with what I show to the outside,
but not anymore.. because thats not all what happened.

2017 was a mixed year. It was a tough year as well. After coming back home, I thought I had found all the answers to my question but I was so naive. I blinded myself with what the next step have to been instead of just to listen to myself, my mind, my hearth. The outdoors gave me so much, the fresh air, feeling the wind on my skin, hearing all kind of natural sounds and I thought, going back to a normal live in a more outdoor area will be the answer.

I quickly fall into all patterns, buying stuff I REALLY DONT NEED, just make living nicer and not better. One quote stuck in my mind: “The best things in life are not things”. I lost control and slowly gained it back over the end of the year. The summer came and I spent a lot of time outside, what on the good side made me really happy but also on the down side distracted me of my deeper feelings, that I lost the balance of enjoying the life but also listen to my inner me.

It is hard, because for now, I can only move forward, grow, learn when I am by myself. Thats how I solved everything so far, doing it by myself. Never asking for help. I did it this way, because I thought I become more self-reliant. Yes, I learn how to take care of myself, plan hike camp organize and I tried to solve my inner problems and thoughts by myself. Also, how can somebody else help me if I don’t understand it myself? Stupid me…

I am so scared of speaking out but since the past month I understood that we can only help each other by talking to each other. I am scared of whats behind the next hill on my trail thats called life. I am scared to act. I am scared to disappointed those who I love. I am scared being myself because to the reaction of others. I am scared of not having said something and missing the opportunity.  I act so independent to the outside, that even my family didn’t realized how unstable I am in the inside.

I mentioned talking to each other before but how do we talk now to each other. In short sentences, on a phone, laptop, something unnatural. I know, I love it to be in contact with friends all over the world, share a quick picture or that be we aren’t talking deep with each other anymore. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughts and comments but I just can’t give any answers on this topic in the comments. but if you want to talk via phone, Skype or email, just talk about thoughts and feelings, I will take all the time we need.

love, sebastian

 

A taste of nature

What could we do, to get closer with nature than just spending time in nature and why?
 
Tonight I watched the episode “Air” of “Cooked“, a Netflix documentation about how cooking food has evolved over the time and being used in various cultures. Air is everywhere, we breath it in and out and we couldn’t live without air. In case of cooking, it is a major “ingredient” for baking bread. After grinding wheat seeds and mixing it with water, it helps to unlock all the nutrients.
 
Three simple ingredients.
 
And now, due to quick and cheap bakery shops or supermarkets, this simple food has become a processed product.
 
If you watched that episode, you might get to understand that we are getting more and more distanced from the origin of food. This is one of my reason for a plant based lifestyle. To taste and benefit from the unprocessed and raw power of a plant. To be more connected with what we plant, grow and at the end eat which gives our body the nutrients and energy to live, work and grow. And for me, it is even a spiritual act, by now growing (sadly not enough to live from it), washing, cutting, cooking and at the end eating the food.
 
And thats kind of my answer to the question above 🙂
To provide you more information about what I have learned for me and read, you will find a new Topic in the header called “Taste of nature”. Check it out!
 

Post travel thoughts

 

Day by day passes by, I am in the middle of my application for my future job. And with each day, week, month… I started thinking more and more about my past journey and the hike. The month after finishing the trail, my Facebook page was full of posts of my hiking buddies. Remembering the whole time or a particular special moment. Since I started right away with job applications and visiting friends, the only real time I thought about the trail was as I retold my experience, feelings, memories to my friends again and again.

I am not a person who wanted to tell everyone about it. My parents suggested to write a article for the local newspaper. I felt uncomfortable with it. A part of me thought that it may seem kind of a brag, to show what I have accomplished. Everyone experience the time on the trail differently and as so everyone deals with the post-trail-time differently and thats how I thought about it. It felt like another trip like I did before. Indian three weeks, visiting my siblings as they studied abroad or a road trip. But it’s not.

I am home now since almost 2 month and by that time on the trail I had difficult phase. I took about 6 days off because I just didn’t wanted to hike anymore and I can still remember those feelings. A month later, I started hiking with Morning Glory and arrived 2 more month later with her in Canada. 2650ml. 4400km. Just numbers and even for me now hard to recapture what they mean. But most important is what is between mile 0 and 2650. Panoramas, challenges, laughs and cries, joy and pain, friendships, insights and much more…

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment (Buddha)

Concentrate the mind on the present. That is what you do while you hike and thats what I have learned and  added to my life. At the moment I am in Hamburg visiting friends and walking through the busy streets I realized what i means as well by seeing people rushing from one store to the next one, tick of their checklists and not enjoying the moment.

Think about it for yourself. Take a quick break. Look outside or around you and try to feel the moment. Your thoughts, feelings. They don’t have to be always positive but listing to your self and sense your surroundings helps you to be present in the moment.

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Everything needs time and energy 

I guess you realized that it has been lately quieter on my blog and it might look like I left the trail after the last post but I am actually just 260 miles away from the Canadian border.

I’m having a great time now hiking with really close friends and I am enjoying every bit of it. Sadly, I am not so motivated at the moment to write about my whole journey on the trail and about my thoughts.

A lot happend since my last post and I am still taking notes to not forget anything important so I will cover everything when I have finished the trail in about 13 days. I am actually really looking forward to finishing the trail and to start the next chapter in my life. My whole journey helped my personally to figure out how I want my life to be and what’s important.

I hope you can wait a couple more days till I update you on the rest of my Pacific Crest Trail journey and wish you all the best!

Recapturing California – 101 Days and 1689 miles

Here I am. The California/Oregon state line. It took me 101 days, mostly hiking, to get to this milestone of my Pacific Crest Trail Truh-hike. The past couple days I was trying to recapture every day, every night camping, every zero in town and all the people I met. It made me laugh so many times and also realise that a lot of stuff happened.

Last time I was in California, my brother and I did a road trip and it was also the time i decided I want to come back, but not only for a couple weeks…

Southern California or how I call it “The Honeymoon phase”

April 22nd, about 20 hikers got rides from Scout and Frodo (my first trail angels of many many many more) to start their journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. For most it is their first long distance hike including me. I looked forward to this date since I left Germany in November and it was finally their. Of course, I was really excited as the others and that excitement stayed for a long time. Trail magic almost every day, ever changing nature, reaching milestone after milestone and always having the snow situation in the sierras back in the head.

I made quickly really good friends who I was hiking with but later I realised I am also hiking to have the time for myself, make my own decisions and deal with those which where bad. I wanted to get out to challenge myself and grow stronger. Luckily, I met many other hikers while solo hiking so I never felt really lonely. I had the chance to meet up with a old friend from my time studying abroad and always kept contact to my family at home.

Getting closer and closer to Kennedy Meadows (the last stop before entering the Sierras) I realised there is not really a need to take my time for waiting till more snow melted and decided to get there as soon as possible. Sadly, it was a bit to late and I had to skip a section due a fire on the other hand I caught up to some old friends and many hikers I now were at Kennedy Meadows.

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The Sierras – now its getting serious

The mileage per days dropped and the elevation gain increased. Before reaching a section with crossing a pass daily, I wanted to climb the highest mountain in the 48 contiguous states, Mount Whitney. After reaching this milestone another was just ahead, Forrester Pass, the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail. It was the first real Pass to cross which had a lot of snow and after achieving all those goals you start to fell more and more confident. Every day you got those WOW-moments, standing reaching a pass, walking along alpine lakes or beautiful meadows. Still hiking mostly by myself I enjoyed the freedom and felt more and more confident. As I reached Yosemite NP, I planed to hike do some side trails with some friends and we got lucky to climb one of the most famous monument of it: Half Dome.
After taking my time and doing shorter mile days I was looking forward to challenge myself again. I hiked 150miles in 5,5 days to meet up with friends and thought already thats my limit.

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Northern California – from a physical to a mental challenge

I don’t know what it was. If it were because I was hiking still hiking by myself, not climbing a high pass and having an incredible view again or just if I was just getting tired. I struggle more and more to get out of my tent and had a couple nights thinking if it is still what I want to do. I decided to take a couple days off and stay with a friend I met while my travels before. Those were also my first zeros after hiking about 500 miles in 3 weeks. It was nice to sit in a cafe shop not thinking about the trail, watching the whole game of thrones seasons in one day and it helped. I started missing the trail again and luckily I had just to go back 🙂

I was not getting bored again even the views weren’t that stunning anymore but I was just on another mindset. The “trailcation” filled my batteries and I felt really strong hiking many miles. High 20ies went to 30ies and the past week I did two 40ies (Probably the only time :D). A couple days without any distraction like listening to music helped me to process some stuff i wanted to think about and somehow I got to the CA-OR state line.

Right now I made it 20miles into Oregon and sit on a cozy armchair at Callahans Lodge, a Tonic&Gin next to me and background music by a guitar player. It is the perfect place to kind of recapture the past month, full of happiness and dissatisfaction, tears of joy and sadness, share their most rememberable moments and more. 101 days… 1716 miles… and I am more then ready for the next days 🙂

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Don’t be controlled by your feelings 

The past week I was not writing down about how the trail is since I was thinking about lot of other things. I forced myself also to not listen to music for a while to not distract my mind. 
What follows now has nothing to do with the trail but in another way it has….

As I scrolled through my news feed on Facebook after a couple days with no reception, I saw two posts of friends. One friend expressed his sadness about what happens in Munich lately (a shooting in a fast food restaurant which has what I know so far no terrorist background) and a picture of a friend with his wife after their wedding. 

Just think for a moment for yourself how you would feel….
I was really sad and concerned as I heard first of the attack since I studied in Munich in know a lot of people who are living there. But then, after seeing the other picture of to people who found them self, love each other and decided to be together for the rest of their life, I felt happiness in me. I know, it is horrible what happens in the world and this year it seems there is every day a sad news. Sooner or later, if you surround yourself with negative news, you might start to feel and think like that every day. It is hard to not surround yourself with negative news but we can still control our feelings. 

And this leds to a second story I want to share with you. 

Yesterday, I listed to my first podcast for a week and it was about two police men in Denmark who found their own way to “fight” against terrorism and about a young men who almost became one. 

As more and more young men run away from home to join the “holy war” in Syria, the policemen didn’t know how to react with all the parents coming to them and said their son ran away. They saw in the news how most of the governments started to take away passports and answer hostility with hostility. 

They realized that there should be another way, a peaceful way and also wanted to start to talk with the local muslim community why that happens. 

Long story short, they created a center where they invite Muslim boy for a cup of coffee and with just talking and showing them that somebody listens and care about them.

The Boy for example, is from Somalia and as he moves with his parents to a small Danish community he was the first black kid. First he felt set in a wrong place but he thought being good in school will help his situation and it did.. Until they had a discussion about Islam at school. A girl, talked really bad and negative about it because of that what she heard from the news. She was afraid and that made her go to the teacher and tell her she thinks that the boy is dangerous. He got picked up by the police who was also acting wrong because they just did not know about him and his religion. All is online accounts were checked, the police took his parents house apart and after a week they said we found nothing and you are clean. That happens all during the graduation exam week where he could not attend. Sadly, his mother died shortly after that and he became angry and drifted away in a bad direction. He was one of the first kids who got helped by this program of the policemen and it made him realize that he is welcomed in this country. 

So why do I tell you all about that here… First I wanted to get away of all the news etc. being out in the woods, save and just myself. But I realized that this is also selfish. We share the same earth, breath the same air and I think it’s a critical time in the world where everyone who has some sense and a good hearth should show that every day. I see what might could happen in the US, that somebody who want to build walls instead of bridges (Pope franziskus) might be leading this country and ONLY because he creates fear. Fear mostly makes us stop thinking and behave in a different way. And way are we afraid? Because we don’t know. 

There is a quote in a outdoor movie: “Fear the unknown is the greatest fear of all” 

(Die Angst über das Ungewisse ist die größte Angst)

It has for sure a different meaning in the movie but you can usw it well to many other situations. 

The girl in the story before did not know and was scared and it almost lead a nice friendly boy to join a war. 
I am kinda glad that I go back to Germany where the majority is still supporting a government who don’t want to shut their doors and I hope there is still a majority in the US as well. But, it is a difficult time now and it is important that everyone should show that they are not afraid and have a open heart. 

I really recommend you to listen to the story. The podcast is called “Invisibilia” and the episode is called “Flip the Scrip” or read it Here

Day 78-88: Trailcation and getting back on track 

As I mentioned in my previous post, i had some mental problems getting back on the trail. I wasn’t enjoying it anymore and it felt more like work then fun. The plan in town was also to catch up with friends I have been hiking the first weeks and watching the latest season of game of thrones 😉 

Bliss (who I picked up with the rental car while I was trail angeling) and wanted to take the bus shuttle back north but it wasn’t running anymore. Lucky us, I gave a lot of hikers a ride while I had the rental car and as we waited an hour for a hitch, a fellow hiker called digger stopped while he was renting a car 😀 karma really exists 😉 he was also the guy who gave us a ride to Kennedy meadows as the Fire happend and he also writes for Appalachian Trials, a well know website for hiking the AT and other trails. 
We had dinner in Truckee where bliss wanted to hitch to donner pass and I to Sierra city but it was already quite late so we decided to stay overnight. It’s a really nice old town with wooden houses and a couple handcraft souvenir shops. Sadly, I can’t buy anything because I am hiking on a budget and don’t want to carry extra weight :p

The next morning we said goodbye and it took me 5 hitches and 4h to get back to Sierra city, which I left 6 days ago. 
I felt also a bit changed. I was really looking forward to get back on the trail. The next 10 miles was going just up and had to take it slow since I haven’t hiked for almost a week. 

The next days I hiked between 25-30 miles, which is still quite a lot but I just listened to my body and just hiked. 


To my surprised I caught up to some hikers I knew well and hiked a bit with them but I was doing more miles so it was a short hello. I kinda want to stick to my schedule and routine. I talked to a hiker lately and he was waiting for friends but wanted to keep on hiking. I’m sure it’s nice to hike together but I think you should have the same plans. 

As I got to the 8mile descent to Belden, I saw another hiker ahead of me and it was Digger again! He hiked some crazy miles and happens to pass me last night. We hiked into Belden and got picked up by the local trail angel. Her place has beds for 5 hikers and everything what we needed. It was nice having some trail magic again and being taking care of somebody. 


The next section of 45 miles to one of the last towns for a while starts with a 6,000ft climb for 15miles. I was looking forward for another challenge on the trail since the past miles were easier. After a couple feet up the trail I heard some branches cracking and a bear was again running away from me. It’s like back in Australia, where I realize there is a kangaroo as it jumps away. After 5,5h I got to the top and was really stocked. I wanted to push further and finished the day around 8pm after hiking 35miles and an elevation gain of about 10,000ft.


Today I had only to hike 10 miles but after 2,7 was a special spot, the halfway mark. It was my goal since Sierra City to get there and I was really happy. In 88 day I hiked 1320.7 miles (2124km) with a total up/down of 246444ft/249111ft (that’s like about climbing Mount Everest 9 times from sea level). 


I got also some motivational notes from family and friends which really gave me a push and made me realize more that I am not hiking alone at all 😉 some nights I read them again and again.  thanks for that!!!

My plan now is to get to seiad valley in about 1,5 weeks for the pancakes challenge (5pound) and then to Ashland August 1st. 

Day 67-77: From a physical to a mental challenge

The following posts are going to be different to my last ones. I had to make some miles to get back to my schedule and also to meet up friends I know from Munich who are meeting me at South Lake Tahoe. That means, 150 miles, from Monday till Saturday morning with rough terrain and still lots of elevation.

I left Tuolumne Meadows not super early as usual because I have not slept a lot the night before because of Agnes (the bear who walked 3 times through our campsite).
I slept in, waited till the restaurant opens to have a food breakfast an had out by myself. Some hikers I knew left the day before, some were leaving later but nobody wanted to hike about 30miles/day.

The first miles were still going through big meadows and soon I caught up to a hiker named Obi-Van. He kept up with my speed and decided to join me for the day. It was nice to have some company and he is a fun guy. It was already getting late and we still had a pass ahead of us. I was getting already kinda tired but I knew I have to make it to the top and as we reached it we decided to camp up here.

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The next day we started quite early and he was usually a late starter. It was still going up the first half of the day and the trail was really rough, what made it harder to keep up a fast hiking speed. Around mid-day I saw some hikers ahead I recognised and it was a group I knew already really well (Morning Glory, Pizza Taxi, Pinky, Partylog, Garfield, Jellybean, Corndoggie and …. damned can’t remember her name :D)

We had a couple river crossing and Obi Van and I kept on hiking without taking long breaks. After 25 miles around 5pm we got to a nice spot and had dinner. He told me he is going to camp here and stay with the group but I knew I had to make some more miles today. I was feeling so well because I ate a filing dinner and the mosquitos around me were also getting more annoying. It was the first long section with almost constantly having them around and as I slipped with on leg into the river and getting attacked by them I had to swear the first time in german… I realised I am not really enjoying it at the moment but I had my goal.

The third day I planned to make it to Sonora Pass (75miles after Tuolumne) and hoped to get some trail magic to make me feel better. But the trail helped me on the way there since it goes over a mountain, along a ridge and back down were there was the longest slide. As i got down I was more then happy what I found. Two gentleman, iPod and Owl, prepared a nice table with cake, coffee, cookies, soda, hotdogs etc for hikes passing by. The first trail magic for a long time and it was also really interesting talking to them since iPod has been a trail angel for many years.

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Its not always easy but its also not called Pussy Cat Trail 😉

I wasn’t really tired so I some time to think. Think about the trail, how I am experiencing it, how it does make me feel. I love the challenge my body and walk many miles and go fast up the hill but I can’t be in this kind of state until the end (Its half of the time I want to do the trail but I still have 200miles till the halfway point).

I was really happy as I got to Highway 50 where an hour later my friends arrived. It was so nice seeing them and we spent the whole day in South Lake Tahoe. It was really full because its 2 days before 4th of July and SLT is one of the most favourite destinations for people in this area. For me, it was way to crowded and just a whole party every day so I asked my friends to drop at the trailhead to go back on the Pacific Crest Trail. The day also helped me to realise that I want/need some friends around me but I was ahead most of them.

Back on the trail I talked to a lot of day hikers and people who do the Tahoe Rim Trails, which shares the same path as the PCT for a while. It felt really good again and the day after I found a friend who was ahead laying in the gras. We hiked together for a while but split again as I camped just after 18miles. I found a nice lake to camp next to and there were some other friendly hiker (a couple from Germany) and a men from New York. He told me that if I want to see a firework I have a good chance at Donner Pass (34 miles ahead).

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I decided to go for it and had another long day by myself and my thoughts and as I reached Donner pass I climbed up the boulders to have a view to Donner Lake where the firework was. Exactly a year ago, my brother and I watched the firework in Las Vegas and it made me really miss him and my family again.

I had 40 more miles to hike until Sierra City where I also sent my bounce box with my laptop and hard drive. I needed to get all the content of my go pro on it and its also more convenient to write those posts. The landscape was getting more greener and reminded me more and more of the scenery I am used at home. I also realised it was Day 75 on the trail and my plan is to finish it in 150 days. 75 more days, 45% of the trail done, my legs are stronger, I don’t have any issues but its a mental challenge now.

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I arrived in Sierra City around noon and realised its way smaller then I expected. I really prefer the smaller towns on the trail but if its get to small, like Sierra City, you always surrounded by hikers and its hard to get a quiet moment. The Country Store was the only place with Wifi and you can imagine how it looked like in front (almost like in the underground in the morning on the way to work).

As i checked the packages, I couldn’t find my bounce box and with the tracking number I found out that its still on its way. I had to wait for it and maybe it was a good thing. I hiked every day since VVR which was 3 weeks ago and its good to take a break, especially to have time to think.

I finally got my package 2 days later and I decided to hitch all the way back to South Lake Tahoe. Why??? I met a really awesome guy in New Zealand who offered me to stay with him and the group I was hiking with the first weeks was going to arrive there as well. Also, I can take my time to relax, spent time either on the beach or hours in a cozy coffee shop. I Skyped with my parents and my sister and I also rented a car for a couple days to give hikers rides and bring some food up to the trail.

Now its my 4th zero day and I gonna have 2-3 more but I also get the feeling back that I want to get back on the trail. You always realise what you had when you lost it. Lucky me, I can have it back just going back on the trail 🙂

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Day 38-42: Real desert, 42miles without water and fire

Day 38:

It’s Sunday and I usually sleep in on this day. No just kidding, I felt not so good as I got back on the trail yesterday so I stopped at the first nice looking camp site and decided to sleep as long my body needs to. 

The sun shone into my face and woke me up and after a couple slow miles I felt better. For half a mile I was not alone, a rabbit ran along the trail and I saw him a couple times.
 As I walked on a the dirt road I saw something blue in the bush and it was a balloon which got all the way to the top of the mountain. First I wanted to take it with me and dump it at the next trash can at a campsite but now I attached on my backpack and decided to keep it 🙂


At noon I arrived at the first water source after 18miles and took a break. As it got cooler in the late afternoon I headed back out a couple more miles until I found a nice spot to Cowboy camp. 

Day 39:

After I realized I’m sleeping next to an anthill I set up my tent quickly and felt way saver 🙂

After hiking a couple miles i walked into sequoia national Forrest park. I should have totally hiked further the day before because there where really nice tent sites. It was beautiful morning walking in the shade of big pine needle trees. I also thought I heard a bear but I haven’t seen anything. 


I hiked a bit with Dr. Feel good who I met in the morning and we heard more noises, this time the sound was higher and a howl. We decided to follow the noice and stopped as we saw a big bush shaking. I saw something black and thought of a bear but as we got closer we realized their were just cows and a bull. 

Kinda disappointed I went on and run into Overstock. I turned out to be new personal photographer since there were great spots along the trail and we also passed the 600miles where I took some fotos for her. 


At the end of my day I stopped at a campground where we have our last water source for the next 42 miles!!!!! 

Day 40:

I got up at 3am with 7l water on my shoulders. I thought the desert was over but we actually had another long section in front of us. That’s also why there is no water source the next 42 miles. 

It was a nice cool morning and I walked the first 15 miles before it was starting to get warm. I remember also the time as I was hiking in the Australian summer and it’s good to know to know if I can handle the heat.


Around noon I got to the second water cache and was lucky it was not empty. Trail Angels drive out to the trail and restock the caches with 50 gallons (~200l) of water. 


I found some shade under a Joshua tree and waited until late evening to to hike couple more miles with 600m elevation gain.

Day 41:

This morning, my mind was faster then my body and I hit the snooze button. Mistake…. Since it was still 17miles till I’m getting to a road and water source again. I started around 5:30 which is still early for some hikers but when you have to hike while 100degrees you should get up sooner. As I walked and looked down on The trail I heard some noice, looked up and saw Bambi and her mother running towards me. Right I front of me they went off trail stopped and checked me out. 


At least, the last 5 miles were downhill but that means also it’s gonna get warmer. As I reached the bottom, a trail angel set up a little hiker camp with a tarp for shade, cold drinks and snacks. 

Since I’ve got hungry the past days I ate more of my food and realized I have to hitch to the next town to resupply. I also wanted to got enough energy before heading into the real Mountains. 

A hiker who rented a car for a day stopped at the camp and offered a ride to town. I let me dropped at a diner where I heard that they have great milk shakes and of course burgers 🙂
The last 4 days was also an area where we had no reception so my phone went crazy. Action Jackson texted me that rented a house via Airbnb with other hikers and I could come over, which was also next to the diner. Before leaving the diner I asked if they want some milk shakes and was kinda hero as I arrived with all the shakes 😀

I decided to stay overnight and while chilling everybody got the news that a fire started at the  section we were going to hike next. Since we won’t make a decision the night we decided to wait for more accurate news. We watched the big lebowsky and drank White Russian 😀

Day 42:  

Since I wanted to have a nice breakfast before we are leaving the house, I made banana pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon. Some of the hikes were planning to rent a car and go back to LA for a trail vacation and offered us to drive us to Kennedy Meadows where we can head into sierras.