My name is Martin Caspersen, I live in the very flat scandinavian country of Denmark. Most of my life I have lived just north of the capital (Copenhagen), I have however lived a short while in Brisbane, Australia.
I have a big love for being outdoors. In my day-to-day life most of my time outdoors is spent running where I generally try and push for distance over speed. When I get a chance what I really like to do is to go hiking. In particular I like hiking in mountainous and generally strenous terrain. Until 2018 my hiking experience waslimited to somewhat shorter trips with the highlights being a 4-day hike in New Zealand and a thru-hike of the GR20 on Corsica.
In 2018 that changed as I thru-hiked the PCT, the Pacific Crest Trail, in the US. I have dreamed about thru-hiking the PCT ever since I first heard about it in 2011. The thru-hike was an amazing experience.
Today I finished my thru hike. I was at the monument at 0850 and took a few pictures before heading on towards Manning Park.
I started early at 0516 because I was really anxious to be done and about getting from Manning Park to Vancouver.
I had a bit of climbing to do initially before starting a long downhill towards the border and the monument.
Today was a day off lasts: I packed up camp for the last time. Filtered my last water. Walked my last PCT miles.
The trail changed a lot with rocky sections, some overgrown sections and some very good sections. Generally it was pretty easy but did not provide any good views.
Once at the border I finally saw the monument which was actually new, replaced just two days ago. Also I could easily see the clear cut border stretching away.
After a few photos and selfies I entered Canada and started towards Manning Park. Just past the border I passed a trail crew working on a campsite.
The trail to Manning Park was steep in sections but generally good. The views however were not really there due to reading in forest the entire time.
Once I arrived at the Manning Park Resort i took the complimentary shower and after that some lunch.
Then I started trying to hitch a ride towards Vancouver.
As I was trying to hitch another hiker arrived and it took us a bit more than an hour to get a hitch. The hitch was really good since we got a ride all the way to Chilliwack which is close to Vancouver. From there we both took the Greyhound bus to Vancouver.
On the way to Vancouver I booked my expensive flight home for the next day and a hotel room for the night.
Once at the hotel room I started feeling the exhaustion hitting me. I have not been getting more than 6 hours of sleep the last many nights.
To celebrate my completion I had dinner at a steakhouse. After this I prepared for the journey home in my room.
Last full day on trail and it ends up being my longest distance wise.
I actually slept really well next to the toilets and the highway and started hiking at 0530. Initially the trail climbed and periodically had good views.
At a certain point it descended in to a big valley and the climb out of there was pretty tough. Especially at it was in the midday heat. The rest of the day was fairly easy and for the most part had really good views.
I ended up going further than planned for no particular reason and found a good campsite that means I do not have much climbing to do before I start the descent to the monument. From there there is apparently a bit of climbing on the way to Manning Park before the trail descend to the resort.
I am really anxious to be done and hope I will have good luck getting a ride from the resort.
Today I did the last resupply of the trail in Stehekin. I still managed to hike almost 30 miles as well which was good.
I started just a bit earlier than usual at 0525 even with filtering water because I wanted to make sure I made the 0915 shuttle to Stehekin.
I did make the shuttle together with Fireproof and quite a few southbounders. The hiking was not too interesting. On the way to Stehekin the shuttle stopped at a bakery and most people, including me, bought some baked goods there.
Upon arrival in town I went to the general store to enquire about laundry and shower and managed to finish both before the post office opened.
When the post office opened I collected my package and decided what to take as I once again had to much food.
Following this I waited with Fireproof until the shuttle back to trail at 1400.
Once back on trail I wanted to make it at least 17 miles but hoped to do more. I ended up making it 19.5 miles which had me camping between a toilet and a highway.
From what I have heard the trail should be more interesting from here on.
Today I resupplied at Steven’s Pass which I managed to reach before they closed.
I started at 0535 after packing up with a few of my mosquito friends. I am starting to really enjoy my earlier starts as the lighting is really beautiful. In the morning I passed a lot of tents.
Quite early in the morning I had to cross a pretty strong creek where i had to get my feet wet. Getting wet feet really sucks but sometimes it cannot be avoided.
I have started to meet a lot of southbounders and surprisingly to me at least, often in groups.
I had a goal for the day which was to reach Steven’s Pass before 17 so I could collect my resupply for the section to Stehekin. So for most of the day I pushed myself quite hard to make sure I made it.
I made it there before 16 and while sorting my resupply I consumed some drinks and snacks. I also charged my battery and phone and left when that was done.
The day had a few beautiful sections combined with a lot of forest hiking. Mosquitos were not really an issue until the evening.
I am staying to see more snow and at lower elevation. The campsite I had originally chosen today was covered in snow.
My goal for Stehekin is to get there by 1230 on Saturday so I can catch the bus and get to the post office before they close. If I do not make it I will have to wait till Monday which I really want to avoid. If I do 40+ miles the next two days it should be possible however there seems to be a lot of elevation change.
Today was mostly good but it ended which such horrible mosquitos that it is difficult to remember the good parts.
I awoke before my alarm at the Summit Inn and got up to have a shower and pack everything. I also ate the breakfast I had bought the day before.
After this I checked out and headed back to the trail. The trail today had 2 big climbs and was generally more rocky and rough than what I have become used to.
After the first climb out of Snoqualmie Pass I hiked in a beautiful area with good views but very rugged trail.
Until about lunch the trail was like this and very beautiful. Sadly then it descended into forests and I only had occasional views. Still no mosquitos though. I actually had no mosquitos until about 1 hour before camp where I came upon some of the worst mosquitos I have experienced. This was late in the day but I pushed on a bit up a climb in hope of fewer mosquitos.
The camp I ended up in did have fewer mosquitos but still enough to make setting up camp and eating miserable.
Tomorrow I hope to reach Steven’s Pass and pickup my package while they are open. I am not sure when they close.
Today I made it to Snoqualmie Pass which is roughly the midpoint of Washington. The day was pretty tough mostly because of humidity and heat.
I started early today at 0511 since I wanted to spend the night in Snoqualmie Pass and get some value out of my room. Also in the morning it seemed like the mosquitos reappeared a bit.
Mostly I spend the day hiking in forests with the occasional view. Luckily I never encountered serious mosquitos problem during the day.
The day was very hot and it seems every time it is hot in Washington it is also very humid. This combination makes it impossible to climb without soaking my shirt in sweat.
The day had quite a lot of climbs and towards the end of the day the trail became very rocky. From what I have heard this will happen more further north.
Snoqualmie Pass is a ski resort and just before arrival I walked across the ski area. Upon arrival I headed to Aardwerk Express for food.
I had a curry which was amazing and then headed to the gas station for drinks and snacks. Then I checked in at hotel. I then immediately had a shower and did my laundry.
Doing laundry seems a bit silly since I am sure all of my clothes will be dirty again within hours of hitting the trail tomorrow.
I also picked up my resupply box and now I am in a bit of a dilemma. I have too much food since I should have another box waiting for me at Steven’s Pass which is in 71 miles. I probably have food for close to 5 days while only needing 2 days. I will probably end up taking 3 days of food so I have a bit extra.
Also currently it almost seems like I convert food and water to miles. I eat 10 bars of different types in between the three meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Today was a longer day than I particularly wanted because at the time I wanted to camp there were no good campsites. I did not have issues with mosquitos today which was really nice.
I started earlier than usual at 0532 because another hiker started packing and I could not get back to sleep. One advantage of the early start is that I get to enjoy the beautiful morning colors and cool temperatures.
Most of the day I had decent views of Mt Rainier. Early in the day I passed Chinook Pass which meant I saw a lot of day hikers.
Near the pass I met Long Gone who I have met twice before, we talked briefly.
There were some steep climbs today and combined with the milage it made the day quite tough.
Near Norse Peak I passed through a huge burn area from last year which meant a lot of trees to crawl over.
Just before reaching my campsite I had a decent climb that was quite easy because of the gentle grade. It was already dark when I arrived at the campsite but for the first time since before Oregon there did not seem to be any mosquitos so I did not setup my bivy.
I plan to reach Snoqualmie Pass tomorrow and stay the night at Summit Inn since it is probably my last chance to sleep in a bed in Washington. Getting a shower and hopefully laundry will be awesome.
Today was a kinda mixed day. It started really great with the Knife’s Edge where I had amazing views and interesting trail. Later the trail went in to forest and even a few mosquito infested sections.
I started a bit earlier than usual at 0538 since I wanted to get to White Pass as close to lunch as possible. White Pass is a store 0.6 miles from the trail that holds packages and offers usual gas station fare.
The trail for the first few hours was magnificent, the best in Washington so far. The trail slowly climbed and I had to cross a few snow patches. At a certain point the trail splits between a stock route and a more difficult hiker route. I took the hiker route which climbs steeply to a ridge called Knife’s Edge and the highest point on the PCT in Washington I believe.
The trail continued on the ridge for some time and this entire section had great views.
As the trail descended it sadly went back in to forests and quite a few mosquito sections.
As I made the highway I headed to the White Pass store. Here I collected my resupply and new shoes. I also had done snacks and drinks.
The camp for today was a bit off trail, when I arrived 2 other tents are already setup. The camp had some mosquitos but not the worst I have had.
Some southbounders say they did not have many mosquitos further north, but I am not getting my hopes up.
Another thing about Washington is that it seems quite humid which can make hiking in the heat tough.
I hope to make it to Snoqualmie Pass by end of day the day after tomorrow. But that requires that I hike a lot of miles tomorrow.