After completing The Pacific Crest Trail, I realized that hiking is something I really love. I mean REALLY love. So of course, I started to plan my next hiking adventure, and before I knew I had made plans for the next few years 🙂
Things can change but I feel that these goals are pretty reasonable. Doing a thru-hike is pretty expensive if you will want to keep the apartment, and still have bills to pay while you’re away, so I will just do a few small hikes until I can afford the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) or The American Discovery trail which hopefully will be in 2021. – edit: I decided on the CDT together with Bollocks, Cheese Steak and hopefully Cream whom I all met on the PCT.
Making these plans helps a little bit on my restlessness and living in a country without any really exciting places to hike it is a hard itch to scratch while I wait for my next hike.
So, for now, these are my plans aka My future hikes
The TGO Challenge 2021
The TGO Challenge is a self-supported Scottish Coast to Coast backpacking adventure. In essence it is about experiencing the remote parts of Scotland you can only reach by foot.
Unlike just about all other backpacking events, you plan your own bespoke route. There is an immense satisfaction in walking a route that you have created.
-edit: The TGO challenge got canceled because of COVID-19 so hopefully I can do it in 2021 instead.
-double edit: As I will not be able to afford the CDT in 2021 I decided that I want to finish the Arizona Trail instead so TGO Challenge will have to wait.
The Arizona Trail 2021 (from mile 300-finish)
The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a complete non-motorized path, stretching 1288 km (800 mi) diverse kilometers across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities, and people.
As I had to quit my thru-hike last year (2020) because of COVID, I will go back and continue from where I left off – Superior, AZ which means that I have about 500 miles (800 km) left. That is about 3 weeks (incl. travel time to US and back to Denmark)
The Continental Devide Trail (CDT) 2022
The CDT is a United States National Scenic Trail running 3,100 miles (5,000 km) between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide of the Americas along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
As of now my plan is to do that in 2021, still saving up! and I also still haven’t told my boss about my plans 🙂 but that will be the least of my problems if I manage to save enough money 😉 Gotta do what you gotta do while you still can, I am not getting younger, and a job is a job is a job 🙂
Oh!! I am planning on doing the CDT together with Bollocks, Cheese Steak and hopefully Cream! so if that pans out it will be an amazing reunion! (I did hike the Kungsleden with Bollocks and Creme, and I will also do TGO in Scotland with Bollocks, but those are small hikes)
-edit: As of July 2020 it looks like my plans for CDT will be pushed to a later date/year as my current job situation will not allow me to do it in 2021.
The Great Himalaya Trail
I am really intrigued by this trail, as it seems a little hardcore, it has a lot of altitude, its probably cold and it looks absolutely beautiful, so great opportunity for some amazing pictures 🙂
I haven’t really researched it yet, but for some reason it usually takes around 150 days, which seems quite crazy, taking into consideration that it is “only” 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles).
But I will have to look into that, there is probably some logical reason 🙂
The Appalachian Trail
I would love to get my Triple Crown (you get that title by thru-hiking The Pacific Crest Trail, The Continental Divide Trail and The Appalachian Trail)
That means that I need to hike the Appalachian trail as well 🙂
Even though it is the least interesting trail of the three (at least in my opinion as I don’t really find hiking in woods especially interesting) but I think it might be an awesome experience because of the social aspect of the trail, and because all the trail towns that seems to have really integrated with the whole trail culture.
Only time will tell if I manage – I will probably take me another year to save up the money, so before I am ready it will be 2023 🙂 but it’s always good to have something to look forward to.
So that’s my future hikes for now, after I am done with the AZT and the TGO I will probably start looking for new ideas 🙂 but I know for a fact that I will probably not be able to hike anything other than the CDT in 2021 (I haven’t even talked to the boss about getting yet another 5 months leave yet). But planning for 2022 seems crazy right now, so it will probably be something smaller (something that I can so within a couple of weeks) but we will see.