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Recent Forum Posts

Interested In NoBo Cascade Locks To Manning?
ridehard - Wed, Jun 29, 2016
Looking for someone who might be interested in hiking this section. I had a PCT permit from Campo but had to cancel out of that...

Re: Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
AxiomUnbroken - Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Thanks, I am going off the NOAA snow maps superimposed over a topo map//ww.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/m ... uidebooks/ I did c...

Re: Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
postholer - Mon, Jun 27, 2016
The bugs will be horrendous southbound. Most of the trail doesn't have snow on it, but significant portions still do. "......

Re: Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
AxiomUnbroken - Sun, Jun 26, 2016
I read the bugs were not as bad southbound, compared to northbound... with snow on the ground, I would assume the same. The lowe...

Re: Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
postholer - Sun, Jun 26, 2016
The snow maps tend to under do the snow amounts. So if they're showing snow you should find plenty. Frankly, I wouldn't do Oreg...

Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
AxiomUnbroken - Sun, Jun 26, 2016
I booked my trip to Washington for the 3rd, I am wondering about conditions to the border on the PCT, the snow maps still look r...

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
AxiomUnbroken - Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Does anyone know what the conditions look like to the Canadian border around harts pass? Now maps still look like hell....

Arizona Trail Google Map Update
postholer - Sat, Jun 25, 2016
The AZT google map has been completely updated with the latest track and way points from the Arizona Trail Assoc. You can find t...

Re: 2016 - The Year Of The Fallen Tree
TheProfessor - Sat, Jun 25, 2016
Let's be a little bit less dramatic, and give some information from the ground. I just sectioned Breitenbush Lake to Wapinitia ...

2016 - The Year Of The Fallen Tree
North 350 Blades - Wed, Jun 15, 2016
Hikers Let it be known that Washington experienced epic levels of winter blow down due to multiple wind storms this winter. Th...

Snow Season End: Snow Pack Vs Trail Snow
postholer - Sat, Jun 11, 2016
Now at the end of the snow season we are able to show the graphic difference between monitoring snow pack vs trail snow. As you...

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
AxiomUnbroken - Thu, Jun 9, 2016
Thanks, I read somewhere it was a high snow year... well at the peaks, and valleys were low. The snow maps did not give me comfo...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

Fully Funded And Ready To Go.
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PCT - megelhoffjr - Yesterday
Three more sleeps then I hit the trail. I still have two five day supply boxes to send out, and I can't forget packing. I had to buy a new hiking staff because my Tracks stick I've used over t...
Lemhi Pass
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CDT - Jellybean - Yesterday
Got started early. Historical Lemhi Pass. Stopped by the Sacajawea memorial spring for water. Filled four pints. Straddled the most distant fountain of the mighty Mississippi. Then hiked 18 wa...
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CDT - simplesole - Yesterday
Hiked out of Medicine Lake with a gentleman from the UK who is hiking the CDT. We got an early start so we could get to town early enough to get stuff done (laundry, Shower, and PO). Happy Tr...
Day 102: Little Pond Outlook
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AT - BevoHi - Yesterday
I hiked 17 miles today with a 1761 ft elevation change in 8.93 hours .3 past Seth Warren Shelter, VT to Little Pond Outlook. At this point, I have hiked 1616.4 total miles averaging 15.85 mile...
=June 29, 2016 - PCT Day 11
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PCT - lorenmauch - Yesterday
By now he stinketh! Im in Independence and it is HOT! I hitched into town, ate a foot long Subway sandwich, picked up my resupply box, and took my first shower in 8 days! My clothes are washed...
Wild Weather!
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CT - Jerry & Cheryl - Yesterday
We are really glad to have missed the wild weather hitting Denver yesterday. They received half of their normal monthly total in just one storm. The weather forecast is for cooler and drier we...
Day 48
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AT - trpost - Tue, Jun 28, 2016
Tough day today,  I think in part because I haven't been drinking enough water and I am dehydrated.  There were 6 big climbs today,  straight up as usual in Maine. The first was over 1500 f...
Pre Hike #4
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PCT - Banzaistunts - Tue, Jun 28, 2016
I finished up most everything I need for my hike! I should be all set until I get Ashland Oregon! I will be staying there with my friends Phillip and Tina! I am very much looking forward to it...
Southbound Conditions
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PCT - heartattackhiker - Tue, Jun 28, 2016
Hi fellow hikers, on June 16th Autumn Leaves and I reached the Northern Terminus and signed the log book and took pictures of ourselves. We spent the previous 2 days going up the Robinson's Cr...
Into Lincoln
LT - TroyG - Tue, Jun 28, 2016
Got out of Cooley Glen by about 8:15, had some good views on sunset ledge before the Lincoln Gap, then moved pretty quickly from the gap up to the shelter. The Battell trail was pretty nice an...
2016 Plantar Faciitis
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PCT - tnx4asking - Tue, Jun 28, 2016
Was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis today. I think it is a mild case and doc said no need to stop training. He gave me a shot of cortizone and a set of exercises to complete 2X daily. In a...
Albuquerque
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CT - SlowBro - Tue, Jun 28, 2016
Arrived in Albuquerque Sunday afternoon and I'm staying with my sister-in-law and her family. The final approach into the Albuquerque airport was one of those interesting experiences where the...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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aqueduct sunrise

Lion Heart - PCT - Jun 1, 2013 - When You Run Out Of Water In The Mojave
The faucet is off
Angel Orbit brings water
Black smoke fills the sky


There is no such thing as sleeping in when you're in the desert. Flat terrain lends itself to good sunrise and sunset viewing and early morning sun. Even though I kept calling it sunset, had a beautiful sunrise as we headed back out aside the LA Aqueduct.

We arrived at the cottonwood creek bridge to find not only the water faucet off but the water cache empty as well. It was another 7 miles until the tylerhorse canyon creek. I only had a 1/2 liter so I left quickly. Despite just being after 9 am, it was already hot. The trail was mostly shadeless as G Dub and I meandered through wind turbines. As the heat approached triple digits, not even the lizards were out. I was out of water quickly but G Dub shared some of his with me. My mouth grew dry and I couldn't stop licking my lips. After passing some cows who we couldn't figure out how they survived, we actually found a small shady spot. I started sucking on jolly ranchers to help create saliva in my dry mouth. Suddenly, Orbit approached us with bottles of water. She'd already made it to the trickle of a creek and walked back at least a mile to bring us water. We drank a little and saved the rest for Wren and Bagpipes behind us, who also only had a 1/2 liter a piece.

As I neared the water source Bagpipes, who had pushed ahead of me came back with even more water for me and Wren. I was starting to feel better as I arrived at the trickling Tylerhorse Canyon creek around noon. We relaxed there until 5 pm as slowly the sky grew dark with smoke.

As we climbed out of the canyon, we could see the enormous black plume of smoke to our south. What a monster. As our climb continued, we eventually could see large areas of flames. We were a long ways away so the flames must have been huge. As darkness fell, the sky glowed red. Eventually I pulled out my head lamp to make my way to the water cache where I caught up with G Dub and Porsche. Water and apples. What a gift. Oh, and chairs to sit in. Heaven.

G Dub shared some chili dinner with us as we sat in this eerie setting of previously burnt forest, smoky skies, and ant laden trees. Soon Rocks, Posey and Amigo rolled in. We sat around and ate for a while and then went to bed.

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