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


I dit it! Lobuche Peak, 6119m ✔️❤️ One thing that I've learned through my adventures is how much of our physical strength that is actually mental. We think that we can't do something and therefor we can't. We give up before we have even tried. If we only would dare to try we would be surprised how much we're actually capable of.

One thing that I really wanted to do during my trip to Nepal was climbing a mountain. I picked Lobuche Peak at 6119m, just around the corner from Everest. I had never climbed such a big mountain before, but I really wanted to give it a try.

Unfortunately, 5 weeks before my trip started I had to go through surgery for cervical cell changes. It was not a big thing, but I was told I wasn't aloud to do any kind of training the before my trip in order for my body to heal properly.

This was of course devastating for me. To be able to handle the lower amount of oxygen over 6000m I was in the middle of a really intense workout schedule.  Now I had to stop.

I asked myself what should I do. Should I cancel the plans of climbing the mountain and forget about my dream? I decided not to. I wanted to see how far my own will could take me up the mountain even if I wasn't in the best physical shape.

And this morning I got the answer - my will took me all the way to the top! Such an amazing feeling standing there realizing how much I'm actually capable of, just if I put my mind to it! 💥
The view from this mornings climb to Kala Patthar, 5550 m, was totally amazing! A 360 view over all the peaks around during the time of sunrise. 
In this pic: one of my absolute favorites, Ama Dablam. ❤️ A good advice for all of you planning doing Kala Patthar yourself: dress warm and don't forget extra warm socks and gloves. It's freezing before the sun hits you (which might take a while since it rises behind the highest mountain in the world)!
I made it!!! 💟
All the way from Jiri through the Nepalese jungle, up and pass Lukla and finally through the rocky landscape to Everest Base Camp at 5364m! This i did all on my own, without any help from porters or guides or even the company of friends. 12 days, 182 km and I don't now how many meters of altitudes in total. Feel so proud and happy right now! ❤️💪 But my adventure isn't over yet. Tomorrow I will climb Kala Patthar and the day after that I'll head up to Lobuche high camp from where I will attempt to summit the over 6000m Lobuche Peak! Check out my Instagram story feed to see how it goes! 😘
Today I felt the altitude in a bad way for the first time. After reaching the village of Lobuche my head started aching real bad, but after some rest, water and a short hike up to higher altitude and then back down again I felt much better! It's amazing how your body can adapt if you just gives it time. ❤️
Pic from the short hike with rests of the Khumbu Glacier in the background.
Tomorrow I'm heading up for base camp! 🏔️
Today I walked higher than I ever been before, up to 5090m! Everything went well (even though it was hard) and it feels very good since Everest Base Camp is "only" about 274 m higher!
Now I'm back in Dingboche at 4400m. The hike today was part of the acclimatizing process where you slowly expose your body to higher altitudes. By going up, then back down again your body will find it easier next time you go higher.
Pic from the top of the climb today with views over Ama Dablam.
Today's hike up to Dingboche was very different than the hike yesterday. The clouds were low, the rain kept pouring down and the huge mountains that's surrounds me did not show all. But it was still so beautiful!
As the trail kept getting higher and higher, the landscape changed as well, from green rhododendron forests to rocky and sandy with less and less vegetation. It certainly feels that I'm getting higher. Now at 4400m I'm close to higher than I ever been before.
These guys are so strong. I sometimes struggling with my 15 kg+ back pack (even though I start to get use to it by now) but the porters here carry well over 50 kg, often walking in just plain sandals.
It makes me think about how worried we westerners are about weight and that we have "the right" kind of gear. It seems pretty clear that what you have works just fine - so don't let the lack of proper gear stopping you from getting out in nature!
Getting up early is definitely something that will be rewarding at the Everest Base Camp Trek. You will get clear skies = beautiful views before the clouds comes in, the temperature will be cooler and you can also get the trail for yourself if you're lucky!
Today's hike up to Tengboche was really something else, this is hiking at its best! ☀️
The Everest Base Camp Trek is hiked by tens of thousands each year. The trail between Jiri and Lukla only by a thousand. And it really was something else. I didn't meet many hikers at all, but one of the days I was happy to get company by this cutie. She followed me for hours before she suddenly decided to go back to where she came from. A man told me she use to follow hikers to make sure they not get lost. ❤️

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