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Read all about my hikes, my plans and my gear on the trail in Europe and the USA.

10.000 ft High at Cedar Breaks

10.000 ft High at Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks National Monument may be relatively unknown, but it is a major natural wonder in itself. It features dramatic red rock formations and 1,600 years old Bristlecone Pine trees. Thunder and lightning made us shorten our hike to just three miles. But what awesome three miles they were.

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Back to the Ice Age: the Morteratsch Glacier

Back to the Ice Age: the Morteratsch Glacier

The Morteratsch Glacier is one of the biggest glaciers in the eastern Alps. A guided tour leaving from the almost 3000 meter mountain viewpoint Diavolezza offers a wonderful day hike, crossing two glaciers with views of stunning high peaks.

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Planning the Big SEKI Loop

Planning the Big SEKI Loop

With less crowds and no permit stress, The Big SEKI Loop is a great alternative to the John Muir Trail (JMT). And because it’s a loop, you don’t need additional transport back to your car. That makes planning much easier. For better resupply options I planned a route different than usual, making it a Big SEKI Flip.

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A Big Knife & 4 Other Things I Don’t Need on the Trail

A Big Knife & 4 Other Things I Don’t Need on the Trail

Preparing a 162,4 mile (261 km) hike I am critical about what to carry on the trail. I am not an ultra light hiker, but I do keep a spreadsheet with the weight of all my gear. Trying to keep my base weight (full backpack without food & water) below 18 pounds (9 kg), I still bring stuff that I do not really need on the trail.

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The Big Bad Bear canister

The Big Bad Bear canister

The Sierra Nevada is bear country. Bears are usually found between 3000 to 7000 feet, where they can find their natural foods. But black bears like human food as well: anything from a Snickers bar to toothpaste.

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