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. 2 feb 2016)

Snitttid för att gå hela leden: 5 månader


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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It’s easy to forget, that when climbing a mountain, reaching the top means that you’re only halfway through your climb. The way down can be at least as heard (or sometimes even harder) than they way up. This is important to keep in mind when climbing. This and much more will be part of my talk about Kilimanjaro at @naturkompaniet (Hantverkargatan) in Stockholm tonight at 18.30! Drop by if your interested in learning more! ☀️
Pic from my descent of Kilimanjaro in March with Mt. Meru in the background. Maybe I’ll climb that too next time... 😁
#mykilimanjarostory .
#mountkilimanjaro #kilimanjaro #mykilimanjaroadventure #climbingmountains #mtmeru #futuregoals #dreambig #neverstopexploring
Uhuru Peak - The top of Kilimanjaro - is located 5895 meters above sea level and is the highest point of Africa, which also makes Kilimanjaro one of the #sevensummits .
Uhuru means ‘freedom’ in Swahili and the peak got its name when Tanzania was declared a independent country in 1964. 🇹🇿 #mykilimanjarostory
The last stretch to the top of Kilimanjaro. To the right you can see the people surrounding the monument that marks the summit and to the left you can see the southern icefields. Once, the glacier reached all the way to the trail but now it’s far away. Scientists predict the glaciers on Kilimanjaro will be all gone by 2060. It’s sad that even on such a remote place as the top of Africa, you want to get away from the effects of global warming...💔
Right. Left. Right. Left. Right...
The last stretch up to the top of Kilimanjaro after Stella Point sure was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and all I could think of was my next step.  I’ve never been so captured in the moment and at the same time so stubborn to not giving up. 
Luckily I was once or twice able manage to remember to pic up my phone and take some pictures. This is one of the few I have from the last stretch to the top.
#mykilimanjarostory #nevernevernevergiveup #iphonephotography
Mawenzi Peak, the third of the three volcanoes that is part of the Kilimanjaro massive. With its 5149 meters above sea level, it’s not only the second highest point on Kilimanjaro, it’s also the third highest point in Africa! (After Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak and Mt Kenya.) Pic from the crater rim just an hour or so after sunrise.
Did you know that you can get a certificate that you climbed Kilimanjaro even if you don’t get to the top? If you’re reaching Gilman’s Point at 5685m (only passed if you’re doing the Rongai or Marangu Route) or Stella Point at 5756m, you also get one. The golden summit certificate you only get if you make it all the way to Uhuru Peak at 5895m though. .
For me the hardest stretch on the summit day was up to Stella Point. After that the trail gets much less steep and the fact that you can actually see the Uhuru Peak makes the rest of the climb - I wouldn’t say easy, but at least - much easier. Getting to this point also felt really good, it was here that I for the first time knew that I was gonna make it!
Sunrise seen from Kilimanjaro during my summit push.
When you’re climbing a mountain, it’s normal to start your summit attempt very early in the morning. On Kilimanjaro, I started at midnight!
So why start so early in the middle of the night?
🗻The climb from base camp and back took about 11 hours and you wanna do this while the snow and ground is still frozen and hard. That makes it easy to walk on and you won’t have to worry about sliding around. 🗻The sun and heat is also a reason. The air is thin on the top and once the sun has rised it can be very hot - but you still need to cover yourself to not get burned. 🗻A third reason is that you get to watch the magic sunrise from the top of Africa. Maybe the best reason of them all. 😍
One of the most well known plants on Kilimanjaro is the groundsel Dendrosenecio. Walking down in the fog from Lava Tower, these gigantic plants appeared for the first time on the Machame Route and they felt both spooky and so pretty at the same time.💕
Patience - one of the most valuable traits of a hiker or climber.
Yesterday I gave some advice to a guy that hikes the PCT this year. After just 40 miles in he started complaining about his shoes. That he got blisters and wanted new ones. My best advice to him was to take some days off and then continue forward and not do too many miles a day. To let his body slowly adapt to the new conditions. Not buying new shoes. .
The same is it with altitude. There is no easy solution. To be able to handle it, you have to let you’re body slowly adapt to the new altitude and the less amount of oxygen it gets.
Climbing Kilimanjaro can be hard because many of the routes are done in few days. One benefit with choosing the Machame Route is that you get one acclimatization day on your way up. After Shira Cave Camp (3750m) you go up to Lava Tower at 4600m before you’re heading down to your next camp, Barranco camp at 3900m. This gives you’re body time to adjust to the altitude and increases the odds making it to the top!
This pic is from my way up to Lava Tower. I was lucky to have snow there which is not always the case! Can you see the small people in the lower left corner?!

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