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.