Did you know that the USA has 59 National Parks? Glenda got to explore some of them on her trip with @globustravel
“The scenery was absolutely stunning and so varied, from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the beauty of the Grand and Bryce Canyons, Monument Valley, Yellowstone National Park and the stunning beauty of the Grand Tetons, plus many, many more places we visited.” #myglobaljourney
This is Grams. I met him while I was hiking the John Muir Trail (JMT) in the spring of 2014 and he was a few hundred miles into his northbound through-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). He had traveled all the way from his home country of Germany to hike the PCT. We did two back-to-back 30-mile days in the Sierra together, and I think it’s fair to say that those days changed my life. I had never walked so fast and so far before, and I’ve been hooked on big mileage days ever since.
Grams also introduced me to all kinds of backpacking concepts that weren’t even on my radar back in 2014. I didn’t know an overnight backpack could be less than 10 pounds. Poncho tarps, frameless packs, and down quilts? You’re telling me that even though I went to MEC and bought all the lightest gear I could find, my pack is double the weight of yours? Grams opened my eyes to all of that over those couple of days. He showed me gear he had sewn himself and he forded streams with his running shoes on. He drank from a cup at water sources and dealt with mosquitos by simply walking faster.
All these things matched my sensibilities and showed me a world I knew I belonged in. Until then, I got my fix of physical challenges and mileage from cross-country and track. It wasn’t until my experience of meeting PCT through-hikers on the JMT that I learned how to properly merge those things with my passions for camping and the outdoors. It turns out that weirdos who willingly choose to walk 2600 miles for leisure are “my people”. My education in backpacking is far from over, but I wonder if it ever would have truly started without meeting these people in 2014.
Grams and I parted ways forever when I stopped for a resupply at Vermillion Valley Resort, but I recently looked him up on the PCT Association’s list of alumni from 2014. He made it to Canada.