📅 July 8th, 2021 ▶️ Leaving Tuolumne Meadows Campground and eventually also the Yosemite National Park behind me, I am blessed with more great lake and mountain landscapes. Experiencing a small earthquake and the worst mosquito days so far, I also get a first taste of the California fire season. The video ends on my last night before hitting Sonora Pass to end California Section I of the Pacific Crest Trail.
📅 July 7th, 2021 ▶️ I am interrupting my Pacific Crest Trail 2021 hike for a very common PCT side trip towards Yosemite Valley! Hitch hiking in from Tuolumne Meadows, my first stop in Yosemite Valley was the impressive Yosemite Falls, even in a draught year without much water. Seeing Half Dome and El Capitan up close and in person has been a long lived dream of mine as a big climbing fan. I made the most out of the day and hitch hiked back towards the Tuolumne Meadows Grill in the afternoon to get back on the Pacific Crest Trail again the next morning.
📅 July 3rd, 2021 ▶️ After getting my broken pack replaced super fast by Sierra Designs (thanks again so much guys!), I was off to hit the Pacfic Crest Trail again to finish California Section H at Tuolumne Meadows. On my way there, I walked through beautiful flower paths, saw more amazing sceneries at Shadow Lake and Thousand Island Lake, encountered the cutest squirrel and entered the Yosemite Wilderness after crossing over Donohue Pass (3,370 m/ 11,056 ft).
📅 June 27th, 2021 ▶️ Day 19 on the Pacific Crest Trail through the Sierra Nevada Mountains started off with some beautiful river hiking along the San Joaquin River. Hiking up Selden Pass offered the best views on the PCT so far, looking down at stunning Marie Lake. I then made my way to the Vermilion Valley Resort (VVR) after my Backpack Strap broke in the middle of the trail! The first rain on the trail and even heavy hail hit while resting the foot up at VVR. Back on the PCT, I crossed Silver Pass surrounded by dark thunder clouds and set up my tent in the rain. On Day 22, I was able to enjoy more amazing lakes with Lake Virigina, Purple Lake and Duck Lake including some skinny dipping before making my way into Mammoth for the 4th of July weekend.
📅 June 25th, 2021 ▶️ This episode of my Pacific Crest Trail documentary is all about beautiful lakes! We start off with Mather Pass on Day 17 and make it to John Muir Hut on the John Muir Pass on the 18th day. It certainly has been one of the most challenging passes on the PCT so far! The reward is coming in form of beautifully blue mountain lakes, making all the effort totally worth it. We end the day by setting up camp at a beautiful meadow at Evolution Creek and try not to get eaten alive by the mosquitos.
📅 June 22th, 2021 ▶️ I always wanted to have a wild bear encounter while hiking deep in the nature. No better place for that to happen than on the PCT California Section H in the Kings Canyon National Park, covering the most remote part of the Sierra Neva Mountain range along the Pacific Crest Trail / John Muir Trail! While being forced to rest up due to a foot injury on Day 15, the sun wakes me up mid day and a bear is walking by and then towards me to just 4-5m distance. An absolutely breath taking moment and my highlight on the PCT so far! I am also interviewing thru hiker ACDC and am climbing over three mountain passes in this video: Kearsarge Pass, Glenn Pass and Pinchot Pass – all of them offering majestic mountain views.
📅 June 16th, 2021 ▶️ With the arrival in Crabtree Meadows, the Pacific Crest Trail is now joining forces with the John Muir Trail, covering 211 miles (340 km) of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Sadly I do not get to climb Mount Whitney, but with Forester Pass at 13,153 ft (4,009 m), we are climbing up to the highest point of the PCT. Just before that, I run into ultra marathon runner Timothy Olson, trying to beat the fastest known time of 52 days before making it up to Kearsarge Pass at 11,709 feet (3,569 m) on my way to Bishop town for a re-supply and to finally get my first Covid-19 vaccination!
📅 June 13th, 2021 ▶️ The second part of the PCT California Section G from Kennedy Meadows to Crabtree Meadows has been nothing short of amazing! You will see trail angels, wild life, a lucky capture of a low-flying fighter jet, the amazing Chicken Spring Lake and a most amazing sunset sky over Mount Whitney at the very end! My favorite video so far, and it will only get better from here as I get deeper into the Sierra and all the beautiful mountain passes… 🙂
📅 June 9th, 2021 ▶️ With my foot rested during my off-hiking time in Lake Isabella, I went back to Walker Pass to start California Section G of the Pacific Crest Trail towards Crabtree Meadow. The 115 miles long section passes through one of the most famous spots along the PCT: Kennedy Meadows, marking the end of the desert and beginning of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range! I enjoyed the food in both Grumpy Bears Retreat and the General Store, had a guitar jam session and even sat down for a quick chat with Susi, the owner of the General Store.
📅 June 3rd, 2021 ▶️ The second part of California Section F on my Pacific Crest Trail adventure finishes up my journey towards Walker Pass and Lake Isabella, which would be my first chance to rest the hurting foot. Before reaching the oasis with a pool, I had to go through some more suffering with the intense heat in the Mojave desert. My next video from my PCT 2021 hike will follow in about a week and will continue the story from Walker Pass towards Kennedy Meadows!