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Recent Forum Posts

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
AllDownhillFromHere - Mon, Oct 24, 2016
The breaks seem like a good idea, thanks. I'm also thinking of something to keep the feet dry (desert sand, or powder). I rea...

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
Leo - Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Sorry if I've mixed anything up, thought May would be late and hot. I'm doing lots of desert hikes and so far used trailrunners ...

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
AllDownhillFromHere - Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Because I need the ankle and arch support of a proper boot. As an aside, how is May 1 late? 5 months to Canada @ 18 miles per ...

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
Leo - Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Honestly, I would discourage using Gore Tex leather boots for this late start. Why not start the desert part with trailrunners o...

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
AllDownhillFromHere - Fri, Oct 21, 2016
Thanks - I'm not sure how to do both 'roomy' and 'tight enough so no blisters'....

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
Gary Schenk - Fri, Oct 21, 2016
I'd start with roomy shoes and by the time you get to Idyllwild you'll know what's going on. Double socks? Starting in May it's...

Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
AllDownhillFromHere - Thu, Oct 20, 2016
Hello all, I'm looking to start in Campo next May, and I'm looking at new boots. I've heard that due to the desert heat your f...

Re: Few Misc. PCT Questions
Gary Schenk - Wed, Oct 19, 2016
My 2 cents. 1) First is getting to the trail head. I will definitely fly from Seattle into San Diego. Is a bus/taxi from the El...

Few Misc. PCT Questions
-Ghost- - Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Completed my 2011 AT Thru-Hike and have the opportunity to do a PCT thru hike in my transition when moving from the East coast t...

Re: Class Of 2016
tcrutchfield64 - Tue, Oct 4, 2016
I'm considering this hike but I don't like the cold. Section hiking may be for me. I can't quit my job. Any suggestions...

Massive Wall Maps (free)
postholer - Mon, Oct 3, 2016
We have just completed (or started) the wall map project. Currently we have maps for the PCT, CDT and AT. These maps are create...

Bigfoot Trail PDF Map Set (free)
postholer - Thu, Sep 22, 2016
Adding to our collection of PDF topo maps, we introduce the Bigfoot Trail pdf map set. These topographic maps are 1...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

Day 150
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AT - trpost - Yesterday
6 monthaversery, but day 150. Thirty zero days? Only 300 miles to go now. Climbed on a Big Butt Peak today. Cold again this morning, didn't get up till after 7:30. Got on the trail by about...
INT Day 4 - Sea Of Galilee
OTHER - buck30 - Yesterday
I thought a lot about perspective / perception today (I'm not really sure which word is a better description). As in, how my perspective / perception impacted my first few days. I was pretty t...
Some Stats
PNT - brianle - Yesterday
I had my fitbit (fitness tracker) with me throughout this PNT hike, and managed to recharge it in trail towns and to periodically sync it up so stats were saved online. This weekend I spent so...
Esbit Stove
JMT - Recon - Yesterday
A couple years ago, Vapor and I were doing a section hike on the PCT when we met a thru hiker called Ingenuity. He was retired from the sheet metal and HVAC industry, and with his skills, he h...
Returning To Condor Trail In November
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OTHER - Miner - Sat, Oct 22, 2016
My vacation request at work was just approved. I will be resuming the Condor Trail just before Thanksgiving and finishing in early December. I still have about 180 miles to complete the trail....
Porky's Revenge
AT - RevLee - Fri, Oct 21, 2016
When we arrived at the shelter last night, we noticed a lot of gouge marks from some animal on the wood of the shelter. Even up on the rails of the top bunks and the loft. We assumed it was fr...
Journal Entry
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AT - OnthegO - Fri, Oct 21, 2016
On March 6th, 2017, I will climb to the top of Springer Mountain in Georgia and then I will walk northbound until I reach the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine, approximately 2,189 miles away....
Adventures In The Gila
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CDT - Adam and Denali - Thu, Oct 20, 2016
We had quite the journey through the Gila Wilderness over the past 5 days. In 4+ months of hiking we have seen a lot of different kinds of terrain, but this was something entirely new - walkin...
Journal Entry
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CDT - simplesole - Thu, Oct 20, 2016
Tough day again. Rolling hills. Met a Catholic Priest that is a hermit. Has been living in the hills off the grid for 18 years. Lordsburg is the last town stop then it's the border. Happy Tra...
Test Hikes
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PCT - SwampFox6a - Sat, Oct 15, 2016
I've taken a couple 2 day test hikes into the Smoky Mountains. First trip was late August with my son. Was rather warm, but absolutely a beautiful relatively flat trip up the Deep Creek drain...
Oregon/California Border
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PCT - camperdan - Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Trail angel Art of Seiad Valley delivered Wuz and I to the Cook and Green pass PCT trail head at the top of the 5000 ft mountain range where we resumed our hike north. He gave us dire warning ...
2016 PCT Thru Hike - Facts And Figures
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PCT - ajmancuso - Thu, Oct 13, 2016
PCT Miles Hiked (Tony): 2063 PCT Miles Hiked (Ronda): 627 PCT Miles Available: 2500 (about 150 miles closed because of fires) PCT Total Length: 2650 Sections Completed: Mexican Border (CA) t...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

PCT photo

Mojave Desert view

Team Spiderbark - PCT - Oct 12, 2012 - Kennedy Meadows To Hwy 58 / Tehachapi
We had run into trail angel Tom, doing trail maintenance, while hiking into Kennedy Meadows and stayed at his downtown trailer park, which is a good place to hang out. While pretty much all of our zero days had actually been crazy resupply days we took our time in KM to get some rest, now that there's no real time pressure by looming Sierra snow storms anymore. My first real zero days since Cascade Locks / Portland! My fourth and last resupply package had arrived here in time and untouched as well and we left the place on Sunday, October 7 after one of Tom's hearty breakfasts. Our primary concern obviously was the water situation. Fortunately it was not too bad with sources around 20 miles apart, but at McIver's Spring we were lucky to meet a hunter who supplied us with fresh water and thus saved us from drinking that gross spring water. The trail led through pretty dry chaparral and Joshua Tree studded brush land, with vistas of the vast Mojave Dessert to the east, and pine forest on higher elevations. The temperature has been pretty low the whole time, which helped keeping our water consumption down. In fact, it was quite stormy last night, with the first couple of raindrops I've seen since White Pass Washington. It was very exciting to get to hwy 58 at Tehachapi Pass, as we got picked up there by my good friends Anouk and Jeannine, who are on a road trip across the west. They brought us straight to the Mexican place in Tehachapi where we devoured whatever was on the menu! 135 miles in 5 days. Water report (Halfmile's mileage): Stream wr700: dry
Kern River wr699: flowing, turbid
Manter Creek wr694: dry
Fox Mill Spring wr683: flowing, clear, cold, but with a metallic taste
Chimney Creek wr681: dry
Spanish Needle Creek wr670, 670b, 669: all flowing, clear and pretty tasty
Joshua Tree Spring wr664b: flowing and pretty tasty
Stream wr664: dry
Spring below Walker Pass Campground wr651: trickling (10 min / liter), yellowish, gross taste
McIver's Spring wr644: little pool with gross water and cattle droppings around it, no flow
Yellow Jacket Spring wr637: unknown, reported as gross
Bird Spring Pass wr631: well stocked water cache, lots of water left
Kelso Valley Road wr616: little water cache, only 2-3 liters left
Landers Camp wr609: excellent spring, clear and tasty (note: it's the second dirt road past Paiute Mountain Road, not the first one which is not on the map)
Wr608 & 707: gross / dry
Spring wr606: flowing, good water
Cottonwood Creek wr604: dry
Robin Bird Spring wr602: excellent water
Golden Oaks Spring wr583: flowing, water seems ok

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