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Recent Forum Posts

Re: The Donald (PCT 2012) - Update
Anders - Mon, Nov 23, 2015
I'm sorry to report that Donald died on October 24th, in Nanaimo. See...

Re: 2016 South Bound Pct Thru Hike
AutumnLeaves - Sat, Nov 21, 2015
Hi Heartattackhiker, your starting date at Hart's Pass sounds very good to me. I'm confused why it will take 8 days to be back...

Re: More Permits Due To Wild This Year?
Khrolar - Thu, Nov 19, 2015
I'm sure there is some relation, becuase I had thought about doing the PCT for the last 2 years. But it wasn't untill I actually...

Re: Coming From Overseas
Warnervale - Thu, Nov 19, 2015
Hi Kasey, Hi Dean, I'm doing my first US thru hike on the PCT in 2016. Been doing lots of research of forums, PCT resources and...

Re: Start Date - Kennedy Meadows
Warnervale - Thu, Nov 19, 2015
I will be on the PCT in 2016. By my schedule you will definitely strike some of the 'herd' from party. The advantage of start...

Re: 2016 South Bound Pct Thru Hike
heartattackhiker - Mon, Nov 16, 2015
hi autumn I'll be setting off from harts pass on jun.15 to reach the northern terminus. then set off again from harts pass on my...

Has Anyone Done A SoBo Chunk From Cumbres In Decembe
whancock - Sat, Nov 14, 2015
Hi, I'm new to this. I'm wondering if anyone has done a late (December start) SoBo chunk hike on the CDfrom Cumbres Pass? Thank...

Re: Guns, Dogs, Ammo...oh My!
LaGrangePoints5 - Fri, Nov 13, 2015
I drove up and down I5 this summer stopping at trail crossings to greet hikers. Once I met a young woman from New Zealand at Ca...

2015 Season Has Come To A Close....
North 350 Blades - Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Wow, now that was a busy 2015 maintenance season here on the north 350 miles of the PCT. With the low snowfall in the PNW, the ...

Re: Guns, Dogs, Ammo...oh My!
stillroaming - Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Both topics are so polarizing folks tend to avoid them like the plague. If you want to learn more about 'dog maintenance' check...

Guns, Dogs, Ammo...oh My!
wmcatty - Sat, Nov 7, 2015
Hey folks. Question #1: I have scoured this site and apologize if I overlooked the section on firearms and dogs on the CDT, bu...

Re: CDT Class Of 2016
wmcatty - Sat, Nov 7, 2015
Hey Dawg. Glad to hear of someone else hitting the CDT in June. I will keep my eye on the trail for you. Although I will be N...

Recent Journal Entrys

PCT 2016, Here We Come...
PCT - Forrest - Today
For those of you who followed our journal this year, I would like to provide an update. I (DeAnna/Ranger) will be heading back out in March 2016 to hopefully complete the entire PCT. Althoug...
Getting Close
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PCT - KatScratch - Mon, Nov 23, 2015
I have officially shifted from feeling like there is too much time to feeling like the clock is ticking down. I still have a few pieces of gear to obtain. I need to get maps and my plant tic...
Decision Decision
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PCT - mike-nancy - Sun, Nov 22, 2015
Nancy and I are going to continue training in 2016 and Alaska in 2017. We weren't able to hike this year that would prepare us for the PCT. We plan to do two or three section hikes in 2016 and...
Youtube Video Upload Process Finalised.
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PCT - kiwi stu - Sat, Nov 21, 2015
After much research and a few false starts my process for uploading videos from my Gopro Camera into my Youtube channel whilst on the trail is now finalised after much testing. I have a iPad M...
November 18, 2015
AT - pprovost - Wed, Nov 18, 2015
November 18, 2015 Wednesday Day 159 Miles about 2189 Miles left: zero!!!!!!! Days left:0 We had a fun and diverse group in the Hawk Mountain Shelter, 2 other thrus:Frostbite and CoinT...
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AT - Tjb02141993 - Mon, Nov 16, 2015
I'm at Hawk Mountain shelter, 8 miles from Springer! Can't believe it's my last night out here. Felt a little tired toward the end but had a good last full day of hiking. Tomorrow I'll finish ...
This Is It
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PCT - nottryingbutdoing - Sun, Nov 15, 2015
This is it! I am announcing my super fun trip coming up in 2017. I am hiking the PCT. Yes sir I am! One step at a time. I hope that this year plus will give me the time I need to research and ...
Camino. Last Day
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PCT - stewart50 - Sun, Nov 15, 2015
A leisurely start to the day as we didn't have far to walk so we're able to enjoy breakfast and hit the trail at 8.30 and in another one of those wonderful coincidences that seem to happen on ...
Day 129
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AT - Jrichards - Tue, Nov 10, 2015
I got up and got my breakfast out. It could have been any other wet morning where I was going to hike 20 miles and then stop at a shelter or tent, see some views and some viewless views along ...
Its Happening
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PCT - Pacnwwolf - Mon, Nov 9, 2015
So it looks like this will finally be happening in 2017. A little past when I thought I would be hitting the trail but nonetheless it is happening. I will finish school well atleast the firs...
Pct 2016 Conditioning
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PCT - camperdan - Wed, Nov 4, 2015
I have high hopes to begin a pct thruhike April 1 ... yes , I know that makes me out to be an april fool, but all jokes aside I will go while the time is ripe.So after a long drive south from...
Kennedy Meadows!
PCT - cburt2 - Tue, Nov 3, 2015
Today Casey has made it to Kennedy Meadows. This is pretty much the beginning of the Southern California desert. She has a little less than 700 miles to go to the end of the trail. It's cold o...

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Circle - PCT - May 24, 2008 - Saturday - Arriving At Hiker Heaven
I left my RV park camp at 6:30 looking forward to getting into Agua Dulce before noon. I passed some gorgeous rock formations, more blooming yucca, a lovely white desert flower and finally nicely labeled plants at Vasquez County Park. I forgot to get a picture of the lovely pepper tree unfortunately.
I would say this has been my worst day in terms of morale. I was ready to hitch a ride to the nearest airport and return home. Coming into Agua Dulce there were three cars parked on the roadside for sale. One was a nice little Honda. I fantasized buying it and driving it home. In the back of my mind was also Nathan's need for dependable transportation.
As I got to downtown, a few nice little stores, a cafe,liquor store, pizza parlor and Mexican Restaurant there were banners hung welcoming PCT hikers. I cried. It was 11:30 and I stopped at the pizza place and ordered a personal pizza. I was intent on supporting the local business. After I entered a cleaned up hiker entered who recognized me as a hiker because I still had pack and poles and was filthy. I invited him to join me for lunch. This is Germinator. We had a conversation about feeling low on the trail. His advice was to never get off the trail and go home immediately. He said if you feel like leaving take a couple of zeroes (non-hiking days) in a motel, take care of yourself and give it some thought. Germinator is German and attempted a thru hike in2004 but was stricken with giardia and had to leave the trail.
After lunch I walked to the corner, took a left and a mile later was at hiker heaven, Donna and Jeff Sauffley's. They have a wonderful set up for hikers. Check out the website - I grabbed clean cotton clothes - sweat pants,t~hirt, sweatshirt and towel, a laundry basket and sticky notes and headed for the tents. I heard a call from the mobile home (lounge), "Ginny, I'm in that tent." Rockstar had arrived the day before me. I bunked in with Rockstar, Germinator and Clearwater who was fighting a stomach bug.
I showered, put on the clean cotton clothes and put all my dirty clothes in the laundry basket labeled with a sticky note "Circle." Basket was placed in the garage where I retrieved my mail and package. The next morning all of my clothes came back - CLEAN - L-Rod (Donna) is a marvel.
When I got to the lounge Vanity Fair and Windbreaker (mom and daughter hiking team from White Salmon) were making batches of homemade cinnamon rolls. Some had nuts and some none so all could partake. They smelled and tasted yummy.
In the late afternoon I went to the store to get dinner provision. Johnny Cache and One-eye Willie went wth me. They had just arrived, two 18 year olds from the Boston area.
Dinner was to be salad and sharp cheddar, wine with a double chocolate Haagen Daz bar for dessert. Yum!!
Trekking on,

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