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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions for first timers and old timers.
Planning Synopsis - A short and simple hike planning guide.
Plan a Hike - NEW! Create a plan with the dynamic hike planner.
Resupply - All the major resupply locations.
Gear Lists - See sample gear lists of those that walked the walk.
Plans - Itineraries, resupply locations as used by hikers.
How cold does it get? - Climate data, highs, lows and precip by trail section.
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Stockmen - For those who hike the trail with their 4 hooved friends
Join a trail crew - For a day or week, learm more about the joy of giving back

Printed Topo Maps - the most current maps available!
Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
JMT Maps & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
Earthquake Maps - Recent earthquakes along the trail

Data Book - Most current PCT databook
Elevation Profiles - Elevation profiles
Photo Atlas - 7,000+ flora and landscape photos geo-referenced.

News - News specific to the trail
Report Bikes on the PCT - Document bike encounters long the PCT

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Fire Perimeters - Interactive map of active fire perimeters.
Snow Conditions - Current and historical conditions. Weather, too!
Snow Depth - daily update of NOAA snow depth map.

Recent Forum Posts

Re: Create A Resupply Plan
postholer - Tue, Oct 6, 2015
Hey Pix! The only difference between the 'summary' and 'plan' examples are comments. The 'new planner' does not show comments....

Create A Resupply Plan
pix - Tue, Oct 6, 2015
Hallo, at the moment I am trying to make a summary about my resupply stages and these afterwards print out. I mean a resupply p...

How Cold Does It Get....Hi-Res Trail Climate Data
postholer - Wed, Sep 30, 2015
How often have you heard that? Or better yet, how many times have you asked it? For instance, "How cold does it get in Jun...

Re: Posting Vids In Trail Towns
kiwi stu - Mon, Sep 28, 2015
Thanks for reply Big Foot Hunter. Any Gopro users out there that can tell me what they do ? Cheers Stu...

Re: Posting Vids In Trail Towns
Bigfoot_Hunter - Mon, Sep 28, 2015
I'd be surprised if there were computers for you to use in the towns along the PCT. I plan on using my phone or bring a laptop t...

Re: Posting Vids In Trail Towns
kiwi stu - Mon, Sep 28, 2015
Sorry guys,i somehow deleted a paragraph when posting. after i have made my movie and its on the desktop,i then open youtube,log...

Posting Vids In Trail Towns
kiwi stu - Mon, Sep 28, 2015
I have been watching peoples hikes on Youtube and am planning to do the same, and post my hike as I go. I have a Gopro,Sticpic a...

CDT Class Of 2016
wmcatty - Fri, Sep 25, 2015
Are there any hikers preparing for the CDT in 2016? If so, please post up either a pre-hike journal or leave your posts in here...

Re: New Hike Planner, CDT Added
postholer - Tue, Sep 22, 2015
For all you CDT enthusiasts, the CDT has been added to the hike planner. If would like to see additional resupply locations adde...

Re: European Visitor PCT
Leo - Sun, Sep 20, 2015
I think you can get all necessary info from this place here (Postholer), you just need to search around a bit. There got a new s...

Re: European Visitor PCT
Vincent94DH - Sat, Sep 19, 2015
Thank you for the information. Do you know a good website where i can find all the information about everything i need for PCT (...

Re: European Visitor PCT
bobjob - Sat, Sep 19, 2015
I did not do all of it last year(parts of my body complained with increasing pain), but it is doable, no matter from where you a...

Recent Journal Entrys

October 7, 2015
AT - pprovost - Yesterday
October 7, 2015 Wednesday Day 117 Miles about 1426 Now that it's stopped raining, the birds are back to being active and vocal. Frequently, we hear the crazy monkey-like call of the P...
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AT - Tjb02141993 - Mon, Oct 5, 2015
What a beautiful day! It was so nice to see the sun and blue skies for a change. Tomorrow is supposed to be even better and I'll be hitting some really cool spots on the trail including tinker...
On To Cumbres Pass
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CDT - Jo - Sun, Oct 4, 2015
August 8. Elevation, 10,905. It rained until the wee hours of the morning. We heard the wind rushing through the trees over us and were grateful to be under them protected from the relentless ...
Queueing Up For Next Spring
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PCT - LaGrangePoints5 - Sat, Oct 3, 2015
All summer long I thought a lot about where I will be a year from now. And Im just now done with that, because a year from today I start back to work with my hike completed. I started thinking...
The Trip Home Begins
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AT - chaseat99 - Fri, Oct 2, 2015
Rather than spend another night in a Hostel where neither of us sleep well we took the shuttle to Medway then a bus to Bangor. A motel is very relaxing. And I'll need relaxing by the time the ...
The End
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PCT - Red-feather - Thu, Oct 1, 2015
Back on the trail to complete my thru-hike. Really it wasn't my idea. Ram was going crazy sitting around and wanted to hike so he convinced me to go. He suggested we do the section I skipped. ...
Final Thoughts
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PNT - markdavis - Mon, Sep 28, 2015
It is clearly not going to work out to return to complete the hike this year. The damage to the house, deck and shed was extensive. I am still negotiating with the insurance company and contra...
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AT - Meraki - Mon, Sep 28, 2015
I have decided I'm going to journal on Blogspot instead. When more 2020 hikers join Postholer I'd love to hear from you over at Blogspot.
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PCT - widowmaker - Sun, Sep 27, 2015
WELCOME to our online journal! This is new to me, so I hope to figure it all out before we embark on our Pacific Crest Trail hike in the spring of 2016. ABOUT US: We are a family of 3 current...
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CDT - wmcatty - Thu, Sep 24, 2015
Our Gear Update: The Little Monkey and I have been accumulating hiking equipment for about a month now. "We" started researching all the available website reviews I could find. After...
Final Thoughts And Realizations
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PCT - tpotter - Wed, Sep 23, 2015
What did I learn? I didn’t really learn any profound lessons. This is partly because I am old. I’m pretty sure that if I was younger, I would have learned a couple of good lessons...
Gear List Comments:
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Tue, Sep 22, 2015
My gear list has been posted, and I will finish filling in costs. I won't comment on every item but will hit the main points that occur to me when thinking back on the entire hike, with de...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Shadow Man

Journal - PCT - Apr 26, 2013 - Day 1 - Underway
Awake at the Campo RV site at six, unable to simulate sleep any longer. Holy crow, this adventure is about to start, and I am so full of adrenaline I could fly to Canada. Sister Nancy is out of her car now and looks ready to drive me to the starting point. Am I ready to start is the bigger question. Drive to the Trailhead at the Mexican border, where a crowd of about a dozen or so others gather around the monument marking the PCT southern terminus. Touch the border fence while Nan took some photos, and I take my first step, saying "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for workaholics." A final hug from protective big sister (thanks for being there, Nan) and I am off. Stop at Mile 1 to contemplate what the next 2,649 would bring.

At 1:00 pm in a shady spot on this hot day and laid out my stove for lunch. It was just getting going when a young man approached with his pack and said hello. I said feel free to share my shade so he dropped his pack, sat down and kicked his shoes off. We chatted while my alcohol stove simmered a Salmon Chowder dish from Nicola's Kitchen.

"Where you from," I asked.
"San Francisco. I was working at a hotel for good money but didn't like it. Not sure what I should be doing."
"What are you interested in?"
"That's just it. I am interested in so many things I can't become good at any of them."

We talked about jobs and working, and I explained that one reason I am hiking the PCT is to find the balance between work and play. I offered my own story of heading off around the world at 25 years of age, meeting my future wife in Samoa, moving to Canada, and building a life there. "Amazing," he said and added, "I have been interested in hiking the PCT since I was a kid but could convince no one to go with me. Now I'm doing it on my own, but I don't really know what I'm doing."

"That's okay," I shared. "We are all like that. It will work out because we will help each other. I haven't been hiking in over 30 years, but feel this call to adventure so strongly I can't ignore it. Guess all of us hikers share that in common."

I also shared a few bites of Salmon Chowder. "Amazing," he said. We had a deeper discussion in those few minutes than I usually have with strangers, especially men his age (25). As he rose to leave and I packed up my stove, I saw an added bonus to the trip...meeting interesting people each on their own quest.

I realized time had passed and, after consulting my map, discovered I was only 6 miles in from the Terminus with more than half the day gone. Even an easy day would have taken me to Mile 16, where there is a campsite at Hauser Creek. I started booking it. Mile 10 at 3 pm. Mile 12 at 5 pm. Mile 14 at sundown and it started to get dark. Hard to see the trail, but my night light helped me negotiate a long descent and, finally, I reached the campsite at 8:20 pm.

I started dinner, suspecting my headlamp and banging around annoyed the other hikers in their quiet, darkened tents. I made my dinner, set up my tent, then tossed all night, sweaty, hips in pain from the hard ground, even with the air mattress fully inflated. Throughout the long night, I recounted what I knew I didn't know about hiking...the known unknowns (I am already in trouble if I start thinking like Donald Rumsfeld). Do I have the right gear? Too much or too little? How can I hope to average 20 miles a day when I made about a mile an hour today? How do I protect myself from rattlesnakes...bears...other hikers with bad intent? How does one cross a raging river? What if it rains or snows? What if I run out of food or water? Everything is so new! I'd better learn fast. This would have to be a crash course at Hiker University if I had any hope of completing even a week of the Trail.

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