📅 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!
📅 May 31st, 2021 ▶️ Heading North is my new live documentary video series on hiking the 2,653 mi (4,270 km) long Pacific Crest Trail in California, Oregon and Washington in the USA in 2021. Due to the fact that I am currently not able to receive a US Visa, I can only spend 2 1/2 months on the PCT and will try to hike as much as possible. I started off at Tehachapi Pass at PCT mile 567 to experience some of the desert part of the Pacific Crest Trail before making my way into the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. This first episode is all about my struggle in the heat after packing way too much food in my pack, resulting in my PCT trail name “HeavyPack” 🙃 Hopefully you like the video, I plan to release one video each week!
📅 September 2016 ▶️ The Wonderland Trail is a 93 miles or 150 km long trek encircling 14,411 ft (4,392 m) high Mount Rainier, one of the 16 active Decade Volcanoes which could cause massive damage if they erupt. Luckily, no signs of eruptions as of the recent history and I had a chance to explore the beautiful landscapes on and around Rainier! Have you ever done this hike before? 🙃
Being asked about some of my favorite USA National Park Highlights, I would probably say Zion National Park & Bryce National Park. They are very different and not too far from each other, making it possible to visit them together in one trip. Check this video to find out which one I liked more 🙂 This video is from 2016, slowly catching up with some of my older material!
In this short video, I am sharing some of my Hitchhiking experiences from the USA. After struggling to get a ride near Escalante due to the proximity of a high-security prison, an elderly former NASCAR racer called Crazy Joe rescued me and let me stay in his shed near the prison. Followed up with a new ride next morning turning into my personal tour guide, these experience make up for my first short-video “Travel Tales” format 🙂