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Recent Forum Posts

SoCal Flip-flop/section Desert Hike Advice
adventuresofjesse - Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Hello. First post here, and my situation is a little a-typical. I'm hoping I can pick a few locals' brains about where to start ...

Re: Thru Hike 2017
Matthias - Sun, Jan 8, 2017
You dont have to be a lot earlier to do boxes. You also do not send all boxes for the whole trail at once! What if you dont make...

Re: Northern Half Of Oregon Pct Advice?
barryjones335 - Sat, Dec 31, 2016
Thanks for the info. I plan on 15 mi/day but am capable of 20 comfortably. I don't intend to rush but I doubt it will take me mo...

Re: Northern Half Of Oregon Pct Advice?
Miner - Sat, Dec 31, 2016
Most hikers go northbound. Though there will be some faster hikers coming through earlier, the main part of the herd will be en...

Northern Half Of Oregon Pct Advice?
barryjones335 - Fri, Dec 30, 2016
Hi there guys. i am going to do the norther 240 mi of oregons pct this summer. hwy 58-cascade locks. i dont usually mind running...

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

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...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

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AZT - SlowBro - Yesterday
I have bloged now for three different long trails, but have never included a menu. I did discuss my PCT food choices in the CT blog, but it was not a true meal plan. So let me meet the overwhe...
Getting Organized
PCT - planetplenty - Yesterday
It's already the middle of January. Three month to get this trip organized and to actually do it. It's still a bit of a mystery....
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AZT - WFO50+ - Yesterday
As I recover from last week's surgery, I look forward to hiking the AZT this spring. Fortunately, the recovery includes walking to get strength back. I have been walking twice each day inspite...
All Tied Up
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AT - jess - Sat, Jan 14, 2017
Just spent about 5 hours watching videos on how to rig up a hammock and tarp. I've been practicing my knotting skills (which are barely existent) on the banister and the legs of the piano. Whi...
Boots Came Yesterday 2017/01/13
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AT - SnowCream - Sat, Jan 14, 2017
Ok so now my new boots came yesterday Friday 13th so hopefully in a few weeks or so of breaking in my Mountaineering Boots and continued training/conditioning I will FINALLY begin this hike. T...
4 Months To Go
PCT - Trheidger - Sat, Jan 14, 2017
Just retired at the end of 2016. What a better way to start retirement than with a great challenge. I cannot wait to get on the trail....
Greater Patagonian Trail Day 5 - And Then There
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GPT - buck30 - Thu, Jan 12, 2017
We've been lazily sleeping in till 7-ish but I think with the heat we will start getting up earlier. The remaining cross country was easy with decent horse tread in the volcanic sand and then ...
Journal Entry
PCT - Kodiak1 - Wed, Jan 11, 2017
Looks like the Sierras are getting hammered with snow so far this year could change plans just have to see what the rest of the winter brings....
Kahtoola Microspikes
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PCT - kiwi stu - Wed, Jan 11, 2017
I got my Microspikes today. AUD90.00 I will need to carry them from the start of my hike, at Kennedy Meadows, The gateway into the High Sierra. I will carry them through to Ebbetts Pass ...
Preparations Begin
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JMT - Hungus - Wed, Jan 11, 2017
Hi Everybody! Glad you found our journal. Pace and I are planning to hike the John Muir Trail this year and this will be our online journal. When the two of us are hiking and journaling we...
Big Bend 3/4 Outer Mountain Hike W/ Venture Crew
PCT - CarlZ993 - Tue, Jan 10, 2017
I traveled with my Boy Scout Venture to Big Bend after Christmas for a backpacking trip. We had a few newbees with us (only did some small TX park hikes). The rest of our crew were fairly ex...
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AT - Journeyman - Tue, Jan 10, 2017
Counting down the days to start northbound on the Appalachian Trail. I'll likely be starting a few days after Easter. I can hardly wait!...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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No Butt - AZT - May 31, 2016 - Day 44
What a great campsite last night! Some ravens followed us yesterday as we

hiked thru the sagebrush. Last evening, they entertained us. They were

very curious about our tent and us. They did fly-overs every few minutes

to check us out, squawking to each other. Probably about a dozen of them.

They kept it up for hours, until it was too dark to fly. What were they

saying? "Yep, they are still there." "No new movements." "The guy is

wandering around (taking photos)."

We had a broad view across the sagebrush. Sunset, with the lingering

clouds, was beautiful. We laid in the tent talking about the day and what

the next day would bring. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Up early as usual. Not far to hike, but the dirt road our vehicle was on

could be impassable if it rained in the afternoon. It was still cold in

the morning (we were still at 6600 feet elevation). Clear skies, as usual

in the morning.

We quickly reached the forest boundary then Winter Rd. A surprise there: a

guy was fixing espresso for some thrus. The 2 hikers were a brother/sister

team whose journal we had been following. They had slowed down their pace

because they had a set date on plane reservations, so we caught up. We had

fun chatting with them and sharing stories of the trail.

We walked on. Pinyon juniper forest dominated the area on the plateau. We

dipped in and out of small drainages. As we lost elevation, we saw more

and more flowers. Reds, yellows, blues, strewn among thick grasses or red

soil. This was our third time hiking this passage and we had never seen it

look so beautiful. Needless to say, it took a while to hike thru this as

we both tried to capture the images.

Eventually, we headed down a drainage then out on open slopes for the first

of the endless switchbacks down to the trailhead. Happy to be done, sad to be

finished (does this only make sense to another hiker?).

We gave a ride to the brother/sister hikers to Page. Sat at a frozen

yogurt store and enjoyed our first taste of civilization with them.

Then off to Kanab for our celebration night. We cleaned up and went out to

the nicest restaurant we could find. Tomorrow we have to get back to

normal calories, but that's for tomorrow!

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