Grayson Highlands State Park

When I got to the Grayson Highlands I was completely on my own. @bobogle was a couple of miles behind me, @pieonthetrail and @nicholasreichard still more than a day ahead. It’s been a windy day and i got blown off the trail more than once. Even a 40 lbs pack couldn’t hold me down. But it was still a nice part of the trail. It took me another two days to catch up to the guys. It was pretty rough sometimes because of the fear of being left behind I can feel and am afraid of. The appalachian trail isn’t only a Rollercoaster from a physical but also from an emotional perspective. Caught my mind going crazy every once in a while. Till i realized that I could let them go and to not trusting them anymore blindly. A big game changer to lift your mood and spirits. PS: Wait for the gap between the thoughts ;).
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Dresden, Germany

Hiking the appalachian trail had a huge impact on almost everything in my life. Not only that my personality changed significantly, my attitude, behavior and very own perspective of my life and it’s meaning went through a similar process. It took me quiet a while to figure that out and realize what has happened. I’m not the man I used to be anymore. Then I thought about one thing. What can I do to spread the word and show people how they can achieve the same if they want. For me, words are just words unless you’re acting accordingly. “If you’re going to talk the talk you’ve got to walk the walk” – Right? And that’s what I’m going to do. Literally.
My gameplan is roughly set. When, where, how long. I will leave germany in mid April 2018 flying over to the U.S. taking 10 days to get my missing gear together. Start on the pct going nobo. Flying out to Sidney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand – from Vancouver, Canada. Hike the Te Araroa, then flying back to Sidney and then Germany mid or late May 2019. I’m so excited, greatful and nervous about what’s lying ahead of me. A good sign 😉
So if you’re still asking yourself about what is my point: I want to show you, that everyone is able and capable of going on an adventure. I want you to be inspired by my stories, pictures and words. To show you that it’s doable as long as you put all your energies and power in it. You can do what ever you want! That’s what I learned on the appalachian trail…
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Appalachian Mountains

I will never forget that feeling I had, when I realized how huge that country is, the whole world. When standing on top of a mountain and you can see the mountains in the distance. Those tiny streets and cars and city lights down below. How tiny and unimportant we all are. And how big and important we are at the very same time. We are coming from the same source. We are equal. Connected. We all are capable of doing great things. You can do what ever you want – as soon as you are willing to learn what it has to teach and to carry the consequences of what you’ll do. Fair trade, isn’t it? 😉
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Go and life your dreams! It’s never to late!
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Appalachian Mountains

What is more important than living your life at it’s fullest? Not just existing. Do something you really love and put all your energy in that “project” – in You!
If you don’t know how to start, read a book, read 10 books, watch documentaries and talk to people. Stop talking and start listening. Your heart, your guts, your thoughts and feelings. People around you and everything in between. All and everything is constantly taking to us. And I’m not talking about whatever-media. As soon as you find something interesting, your heart will tell You! Listen carefully and adjust to that New thing in your life. The more you try, the more you grow. You can’t ever fail but always learn. And now: Go! And move your ass 😉
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Fort William, Highland

I simply love those moments of piece and freedom. These are pretty rare and very valuable. Even just a couple of seconds last long enough to survive without them. Taking all in. Watch it, feel it, enjoy it. You can find them – where you’ve never been to get. So go ahead boldly. But you may consider,
Allways choose the road less taken!
It’s worth every detour 😉
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Maine Appalachian Trail Land

Just recently I’ve been asked by a colleague if I don’t mind my career and resume because of my hiking plans. I told him that I am the boss in my life and I don’t care about that. Then I asked him what he would remember if he had to Die tomorrow. As he couldn’t answer that question, I added: “do you think that the hours spent in the office would be a remarkable one? – or would it be that one time you did some really crazy thing and you’ve went on a adventure?”. Boldly go…
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Just not like: “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!” Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit
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Auckland, New Zealand

Everytime i Get to a new country with access to the ocean i get excited like a little boy the night before Christmas the closer I get. There is a magical moment right before you see the waves rolling in for the very first time. And then, walking slowly to the shore, I realize how small and unimportant i am and how fortunate to have the chance to be here and being able to live my life. I close my eyes, standing still, taking a deep breath. And just like the little boy I used to be, I start exploring and scouting out.
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There lies beauty in every moment, ready to be found, just look closely or you’ll miss it 😉
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Shenandoah National Park

Sitting there on the blank surface of those very old rocks with my friends – chatting, having dinner, drinking wine or resting silently. My eyes are wandering around, over those Ridge lines, trees and mountain peaks in the distance. Measuring how much day light may be left by watching the shadows grow. How old they may be? What have they seen? Dinosaurs? Rise and fall of empires? War? Freedom? … And then I look at those people sitting next to me. Pie, Cheesebeard and Click. Who are they? I never met them before and now I’m sitting right next to strangers that are already like family. Watching the sun go down in the Shenandoahs, simply enjoying life. .
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I always knew that I will finish the trail. But I thought that I’m alone and totally on my own. Never expected to find such great folks along the way. I couldn’t be more grateful for that experience!
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Picture courtesy: @nicholasreichard
– thx dude 😉
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Mt. Washington, NH

One aspect of thru-hiking came Never really into my mind. At least I wasn’t aware about it consciously. Until now.
The weight of all your belongings which you will carry on your back is most important for your journey. We have to choose wisely what to bring and checking regularly what you really use, is mandatory. Why? Because you won’t have fun when loaded out or being totallyoverloaded. And where is the point in doing something you don’t love? So now, this is a minimalistic lifestyle you will get used to. Being back in the – so called – civilized society will be absolutely different. You may don’t give a sh** on what’s hip and in and what you have to buy to be cool… you know, all this advertisements everywhere. You may also quit following mainstream media because it doesn’t do good to you. And you realize that most of your stuff is useless and eats of all your energies.
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“Love people, use things. The opposite Never works” – The Minimalists
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Lakes of the clouds Hut back in new Hampshire and right before Mount Washington. .
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Abol Bridge Campground & Store

There was a moment on trail when we saw Mount katahdin for the very first time so clear ahead of us. We had a break up there and sat around for maybe an hour. And my thoughts were wandering. The last couple of miles left to the end of an journey. So big, long, challenging, exhausting, tiring, full of thunderstorms, oppressive heat, foggy days and freezing nights. And many laughs, filled with happiness and hiker sweat, friendships have developed and strangers became family. This is an experience you’ll only find where you have nothing but the stuff in your pack on you. You will learn to adjust and how to let go, you will go with the flow, where ever you’re bound. You will grow on every step, see your patience and Faith expanding. You are a believer. In yourself, mother nature and – which ever Name your God may have. But the most important lesson will be: have faith in your heart and in your love. .
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