Over the years, I have learned that hiking makes me instantly disconnect from my work. Instead of thinking about work, I’m focussing on the question if I have enough water. Rather than Facebooking, I’m figuring out what food to eat best. Cities tend to have the opposite effect for me – I get distracted, get work inspiration from things I see and stay in my normal routine – pretty much exactly what I wasn’t looking for. Nature has become a balance to my city life.
So, here’s to hiking:
Planning and preparing for hikes.
I spend a lot of time planning and preparing my hikes – finding the best possible hikes for every time of year, and continuously tweaking my gear and packing lists. I developed my favorite pieces of hiking gear, my favorite food on the trail, my prefered way of cooking, my morning routine, my evening routine, my hygiene routine and also specific hiking gear hacks (including hairnets and duct tape on my trekking poles).
A glimpse of my best hiking memories:
- Hiking the Amalfi coast and discovering it’s amazing Italian food
- My Jordan Trail experience and how I finished Dana to Petra despite illness, getting lost and flash floods
- The Iceland Laugavegur trail and how I almost got lost in a snow storm on the Fimmvörðuháls trail.
- My preparations and failed attempt to the GR20, the toughest trail in Europe
- How my brother and I got completely lost in the English moors near Manchester