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Pacific Crest Trailhead Mexican Border

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail som är ledens fullständiga namn, eller PCT som den ofta förkortas, är en led som går genom västra USA, från mexikanska gränsen till den kanadensiska. Den är totalt 428 mil lång och ligger 16-24 mil in i USA från Stilla havskusten. Leden går i huvudsak genom bergskedjor, men landskapet varierar. Den börjar vid staden Campo i södra Kalifornien och går vidare genom Mojaveöknen i söder, via Sierra Nevadas bergskedja och över till Kaskadbergen genom Oregon. Den fortsätter över Colombiafloden, in i delstaten Washington och slutligen över gränsen till Kanada. Längs vägen passerar man 48 vildmarksområden,  26 nationalskogar, 7 nationalparker (bl.a. Yosemite och John Muir Trail) och 5 state parks.

Leden skiljer sig från svenska där vi ofta har tillgång till stugor, vindskydd eller fjällstugor. Här är det väldigt sällan man passerar genom någon civilisation och tältplatserna är oftast bara tillplattad mark strax jämte leden. Terrängen är mer kuperad än här och sammanlagt under vandringen beräknas man gå 489 418 feet / 149 174 höjdmeter  – det nästan lika mycket som 17 st Mount Everest!

Pacific Crest Trail sign

Fullständigt namn: Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail / Pacific Crest Tr. no. 2000

Utnämndes som Nationalled: 1968

Längd: 2659 miles / 4279 km

Högsta punkt: Forrester Pass, 13.153 ft / 4.009 m

Antal personer som genomfört hela leden: 4086 (enl. pcta.org 2 feb 2016)

Snitttid för att gå hela leden: 5 månader

DELAR: 

Södra Kalifornien / Mojave öknen:  Campo – Kennedy Meadows,  702 miles / 1130 km

The Sierras: Kennedy Meadows – Sierra City, 493 miles / 793 km

Norra Kalifornien: Sierra City – Ashland, 521 miles / 838 km

Oregon: Ashland – Cascade Locks, 428 miles / 689 km

Washington: Cascade Locks – Manning park, 515 miles / 829 km

Leden uppmärksammades nyligen i filmen Wild med Reese Witherspoon i huvudrollen. Filmen, som baseras på Cheryl Strayed’s bok med samma namn, handlar om Cheryls egna vandring längs delar av leden i mitten av 90-talet.

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Trailer för filmen Wild, baserad på Cheryl Strayed’s självbiografi med samma namn. Filmen uppmärksammade leden tidigare i år då den handlar om Cheryls egen vandring längs delar av leden.

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...heter Linda Åkerberg. Jag är 32 år, fotograf, ursprungligen från Karlstad men numera bosatt i Stockholm. Läs mer om mig här

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Someone once asked me if I didn't loose track of the days hiking the PCT. My answer was 'No, it was actually the opposite, I could easily recall the days, even months back. We just didn't call them by the name we use in "normal life". In the wild we simply referred to them after what made them special.' This is for example a pic from "Fog Day" (or as all the others would call it, May 6) last year. 
PCT, mile ~426
How do you prepare for a hike on a trail you never been on before? Read about my second step in my preparation for Everest Base Camp trek: Setting a time schedule, at wilderness-stories.com (link in bio)
Pic from PCT mile ~1973, in one of the weirdest landscapes I've ever seen: the lava fields in Oregon.
Passing the 2600-mile marker on the PCT was a big thing for me. Being the last 100-marker with only 50 mile to go it was clear that I was gonna complete the entire trail. Now I've seen that I've also passed 2600 followers here on Instagram! I'm so happy for all of you and that you want to follow me on my adventures! Hearing from you, meeting you and hear your own stories is what keeps me going - so from the bottom I'm my heart, THANK YOU! ❤️
One year ago today, on June 5th 2016, I summited my very first mountain, Mount Whitney on a side trail of the PCT. With its 14505 ft / 4421 meter it counts as the highest mountain in the "lower 48" (the U.S. except the 2 states of Alaska and Hawaii). It was a bit tricky in the snow, but we all made it! I know there's a lot more snow in the Sierras this year so I wish all the thruhikers of 2017 all the best and also want to send them a reminder to stay safe. If Whitney feels to risky when you pass it, you can always do it later. The mountains won't go anywhere. ❤️
If you have a dream or something you really want to do, it can be a little bit scary to make it happen. We make up ideas about why now isn't the right time, why it's better to do it later. But the truth is that there's no better time than right now. Don't push forward your dreams. Make them happen. ☀️
Me after my first full day of kayaking last week. It was a bit scary and on this pic I'm super tired but so happy at the same time because I finally did it! And it was so much fun!
If there's something you feel like trying, just do it. Don't make up excuses for why now isn't the best time. Yesterday I rented a kayak and crossed through the islands in the Stockholm archipelago for the very first time. I moved here 13 years ago and I can't believe it's took me so long to do this! 
Good side with the story though: It's never to late.
2:30 in the morning and the sun is slowly rising over the Baltic Sea. I just love those bright summer nights. ❤️
Spent the whole day yesterday in the beautiful Nacka nature reserve just outside Stockholm. It's amazing how fast you can get out in nature, even in such a big city as the capital of Sweden! From the stockholm central station it's less then a 30 minutes drive and with the metro it will go even faster!
Tried a new form of workout yesterday: I put my backpack on and cycled to the store for some grocery shopping. 15K and 15kg on my back surely made me feel both good and exhausted afterwards!

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