It’s the end of May and I’m done. Done with planning and getting ready to go and explore the Via Dinarica. Tomorrow I” m travelling to the Italian/Slovenian border for the start of this (now) 1500km thru-hike.
This thru-hike is a different kind of cookie compared to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which I hiked in 2015. Last year I started this blog just for fun, to keep my family and friends updated about my adventures in the USA. I bought my first smartphone and a domain name, put on some trailrunners and started hiking. During the day I’d think out what to write and at night, laying tired in my sleeping bag, I’d write on my smartphone. As fast as possible, since electricity is scarce out in the wood (apart from the Wild Bird Cache). Along the way, whenever wifi was available, I sent in posts, simple posts – the ones granny would understand.
As soon as I returned home, people would contact me and ask all sorts of questions and advice about hiking the PCT and travelling to the USA. And as soon as I started posting about the Via Dinarica I got even more questions and lots of traffic on my website. Besides planning this trip, getting my gear ready and staying in shape, I also needed a blog-on-the-go-setup.
Thru-hikinh: less is more
If there’s one thing I learned on the PCT it’s less is more. Resupply-wise there’s little to plan on the Via Dinarica. Besides sending packages from one country to another is expensive, there’s an even more important reason not to send packages: postal services are extremely unreliable. On this trail I need all the space in my backpack for food and water and all energy for hiking and finding my way with little information and facilities for thru-hikers.
I bought myself, a little less simple, new smartphone; now I can enter my blog and work on it, instead of just sending in posts and with this phone I got access to a wide variety of handy apps – oh yeah I’m a happy blogger!
It would have been fun (and convenient) bringing a mini-drone with camera, a tablet and/or a wireless keyboard and other gadgets. But; since the Dinarica is a 1500km (times 1.6 in miles), 70.000 meter uphill and 70.000 meter downhill (times 3 for feet) trail every gram I’m carrying in my backpack counts. A smartphone, a small battery pack and a lightweight tripod that’s all, blogwise – lightweight and simple.
Remember when you’re reading my posts: this blog has been written on my smartphone and out in the woods.