Badger (Dustin)

Mile 2,591

 
 
 

(1) Where are you from?

Luxembourg - Europe

(2) What day did you start?

1st of may

(3) What day did you finish?

7th of october

(4) Do you have a trail name?

Badger

(5) If so, where did it come from?

I passed a swarm of bees without putting on extra clothes to avoid getting stung. Honeybadgers don’t give a shit about bees and we just shortened it down.

(6) What did you dream of when things weren’t going well?

Luckily there was no moment were it didn’t went well

(7) Did you experience anything miraculous?

Trailmagic when you least expect it is miraculous

(8) Any memorable encounters with the elements, or wildlife?

A bear walked towards me on trail and I had to move of trail because I couldn't scare it away. He then just crossed me a few feet away as if I would not be there.

(9) Think back to your “pre-hike self.” Now think of yourself here at the end. Has anything changed?

I am happier with life. I smile at random things because I am more grateful to have them. Living fir such a long time only out of your backpack makes you know how it is to have "nothing"

Almost two months after it is still the same,  I am still more gratefull then before the trail for small things and I don’t think this will ever fade.

(10) Now that you are off the trail, what do you miss most about it?

Piece and quiet. On trail everyone is super helpful and I never seen a single grumpy person. The noise of cities is still hard to get used to.

(11) Before you started, what were you most afraid of?

Getting injured and not beeing able to finish

(12) Now that you are finished, what are you most afraid of?

I still feel invincible. I mastered one of the most difficult and hardest trails on earth, faced bears and rattlesnakes, climbed snowcovered mountains and walked through the desert. What shall happen to me?

(13) What’s the difference between life on the trail and life off the trail?

Life is easier off trail. Hungry? Buy some food. Rainy? Dont go outside. Cold? Turn on the heater. Wet? Change clothes. Not motivated? Just do nothing

(14) Would you like to add anything else?

I hope the trails stays the way it is and the pcta is capable of managing it as well as they do. Letting too many people walk it will ruin it. 

And I was astonished how little litter was found on trail. You could tell that a dayhiking spot was close if there was trash on trail. Thruhikers are an astonishing breed when it comes to leave no trace!