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Recent Forum Posts

Re: Trail Planner
postholer - Tue, Dec 6, 2016
It has always been the plan to do that, but so few head southbound it just never makes it to the top of the todo list. But yes...

Re: Trail Planner
gribley - Tue, Dec 6, 2016
Just wanted to let you know I'd love to see the planner support southbound as well... Thanks....

CDT Class Of 2017
Brightflower - Tue, Dec 6, 2016
I hiked the AT in 2012 and am now ready for another LDH. This year I am planning on hiking the CDT in NM in the spring and looki...

Fires On The Southern AT
postholer - Fri, Dec 2, 2016
Using the latest updates from the map (Gaitlinburg and GSMNP perimeters also updated) here's the breakdown on trail miles actual...

Snow Cream's Journal
SnowCream - Thu, Dec 1, 2016
SnowCream's Appalachian Trail Adventures www.Postholer.com/SnowCream...

Change In Trail Fauna Over 10 Years
postholer - Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Here you'll find land cover change over a 10 year period for various trails. The purpose is to bring awareness to the changing ...

Have You Kept Records Of Your Past Hikes? Care To Fi
black3math - Thu, Nov 17, 2016
I'm a data science student working on collecting some information. If you have hiked the AT and keep track of simple things, e.g...

Re: LPL, HPL, Section Difficulty In Data Book Pages
Catnapper - Mon, Nov 7, 2016
Postholer, Thanks for the info. I do find both the online data book and the phone app useful. I use a formula set I've refined...

Re: LPL, HPL, Section Difficulty In Data Book Pages
postholer - Mon, Nov 7, 2016
1) In the detailed data book pages, there are two columns following the elevation column: LPL and then HPL. They are obviously ...

Re: OnLine AT Data Book With 2,485 Locations
Catnapper - Sun, Nov 6, 2016
The databook info is great. Was it ever made into a pdf? Catnapper...

LPL, HPL, Section Difficulty In Data Book Pages
Catnapper - Sun, Nov 6, 2016
I hiked the AT in 2015, and I'm thinking of hiking again in 17. The postholer data book and planner for the AT have been very i...

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...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

Pre-trip Planning
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PCT - Ed+CLee - Today
Pre-trip plannig begins in earnest today. First in order is to repair the damage from last year's hike. Lot's of holes...holes in the tent, pack & pad....
Journal Entry
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PCT - jon pearson - Today
I officially retired today! My team gave me an amazing send off which made leaving even more difficult. However I have decided to return part time next October and work 2 days a week, so I am ...
What And Why?
PCT - steveflinn - Yesterday
My plan is to walk the PCT. Mexico to Canada. One step at a time. There's lots of reasons why. What's most important is that hiking connects me with nature (reality). And I find happiness ...
Sleeping Bag Thoughts
AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Yesterday
I was thinking of ways to reduce my "Base Weight", and started with my sleeping bag. The (2) sleeping bags I have now: Vaude "Sioux 400 Syn" at 2 lbs. 8 oz., and my Eureka "Silver City" at 3 l...
Almost Done With Condor Trail
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OTHER - Miner - Sat, Dec 3, 2016
I get up early and sure enough, I can see the trail to the hot springs on the hillside above where I was wondering around last night. It isn’t hard to plot a course to intersect the bott...
Fires, Fires, Fires
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AT - SnowCream - Sat, Dec 3, 2016
As of yesterday December 2, 2016 there are still 14 fires burning in North Carolina so I must continue to delay my planned hike ending at US Highway 321 near Hampton, Tennessee because one of ...
100 Days Until The Appalachian Trail
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AT - OnthegO - Sat, Dec 3, 2016
In about 100 days, I will leave for Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin walking to Mount Katahdin in Maine. On this milestone day, I thought it would be a good time to share with you the pr...
Prep
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GET - ice - Fri, Dec 2, 2016
I will be hiking the Grand Enchantment Trail eastbound from Phoenix as a conditioning hike and connector trail in a Great Western Loop....
Training And Gear Changes
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PCT - Huff and Puff - Thu, Dec 1, 2016
Greetings to my fellow intrepid hikers. I have been negligent in updating this blog, so I will try to catch up. I have been doing several over night training hikes with a 30 pd pack. I try to ...
Crazy And Cooked
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CDT - BigBro+LilSis - Wed, Nov 30, 2016
After saying farewell to Thom, my trail angel of James Peak... see previous journal entry for more there... it was a day and a half run from peak to peak before I arrived in Silverthorn Colora...
Oregon
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PCT - camperdan - Wed, Nov 30, 2016
One final entry as I enter Oregon . It is my last day out and I anticipated it as it approached. Wuz and I were cold. We got short tempered with each other on one occasion during lunch as the ...
INT Summary And Planning
OTHER - buck30 - Wed, Nov 30, 2016
Here's my INT write-up. This will mostly be written for the American thru-hiker since that's what I am and I probably struggled with things Israelis wouldn't struggle with and vice versa. OV...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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TopsyTurvy + DATAmuffin - PCT - Aug 18, 2011 - Kind Of Blah
With a relatively early bed time last night we didn't set an alarm, and were awake by 6. Phantom Jimbrick packed up faster than us and headed off; we said good-bye thinking we would probably see her somewhere on the trail that day. We hit the trail about half an hour later, around 7:15.It was a relatively uneventful day, with few good views, many road crossings, and unremarkable terrain. We passed Hyatt Lake, skipping a resort that some hikers go to. Later we passed Howard Prairie Lake, but could only see it from a distance. Our target for the day was 30 miles, but as the day wore on it became apparent that this would be a struggle. We were both quite tired, despite a full night's sleep and pretty easy terrain.Around 4:30 we caught up with Phantom Jimbrick at a spring. We chatted for a bit then said good-bye again as she headed onward, with bigger miles in store than we were planning on. She was the only thru-hiker we would see all day.We pushed on towards Brown Mountain Shelter, our low target for the day and our next water source. We reached it a bit before 8; there was still some daylight and we would have done another mile or two but we decided to call it quits at 28 miles, still a respectable day.Two section hikers - brothers Travis and Tyrone - had taken up occupancy in the hut, but we were happy to set up our tent outside anyway. We collected water from the well and cooked our dinner at the picnic table, chatting with the two brothers about the trail. They gave us some hot cocoa they didn't need, which we promptly put to use on our new stove, which is working great. Seems like a good decision.Two more days to Crater Lake; we're hoping the scenery will get better. - DATAmuffinMy daily rating: 6. 

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