From one hike to another

Jeppe Kuld (@kuld) is an outdoor friend that we like to follow as he always has a new adventure up his sleeve. He recently finished one of the longest hikes in the world, then flew to the Faroe Islands and is already planing a new one to Greenland. Being curious about his hiking trips we decided to ask him some questions!

Jeppe, please tell us about yourself

I'm from Copenhagen, Denmark and I work as an Art Director and photographer. I have a big passion for the great outdoors.
Especially the cold weather in the Northern/Scandinavian countries attracts my attention.

Maybe the lack of mountains and extreme weather in Denmark drives me to explore the world. 

What are you planning to do next?

My next big plan is a 160 km hike in Greenland next summer. What are you planning to do?

Hiking in Greenland might not be the most challenge hike this time, but it’s a personal dream to do. It has been more the 10 years since I visited Greenland, so I think it’s about time to go back.

To get in the right shape for this trip I will do a lot of shorter hikes, and who knows, maybe I'll go on another adventure during the winter!  

How are your preparing for the trip?

Preparing for a long distance hike is for me all about travelling as light as possible, but without cutting down on little luxury things, like a beer for the evening. Since the Greenland hike is still a bit far away in the future I haven’t made my complete list of equipment yet, but I will bring my Primus Omnilite TI for sure – It’s super light and very efficient.

Briefly tell us about one of the world's longest hike you've just finished!

I have just finished one of the longest hikes in the world, The Pacific Crest Trail. The trail is 4300 km from the Mexican border to the Canadian border and goes through California, Oregon and Washington. Along the way you have to face the challenges of hiking in a hot dessert, in snowy mountains, burned forest with fallen trees all over and a cold rainforest far to the north.

Some of my challenges along the way were carrying enough water for some hot and long stretches in the dessert, a lot of blisters before my feet got acclimatized, planning the exact amount of food for every new section, not loosing the trail in the snow and keep the gear dry from the rain. But the biggest challenge was dealing with loneliness.

After hiking for 4,5 months in the American wilderness, I think I’ve become a more calm person in general. All the time spend in my own head simply erased a lot of the everyday stress I used to carry around. I did also made friends for life with some of the people I meet along the way!