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Recent Forum Posts

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...

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
Leo - Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Sorry if I've mixed anything up, thought May would be late and hot. I'm doing lots of desert hikes and so far used trailrunners ...

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
AllDownhillFromHere - Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Because I need the ankle and arch support of a proper boot. As an aside, how is May 1 late? 5 months to Canada @ 18 miles per ...

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
Leo - Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Honestly, I would discourage using Gore Tex leather boots for this late start. Why not start the desert part with trailrunners o...

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
AllDownhillFromHere - Fri, Oct 21, 2016
Thanks - I'm not sure how to do both 'roomy' and 'tight enough so no blisters'....

Re: Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
Gary Schenk - Fri, Oct 21, 2016
I'd start with roomy shoes and by the time you get to Idyllwild you'll know what's going on. Double socks? Starting in May it's...

Boot Size / Swollen Feet?
AllDownhillFromHere - Thu, Oct 20, 2016
Hello all, I'm looking to start in Campo next May, and I'm looking at new boots. I've heard that due to the desert heat your f...

Re: Few Misc. PCT Questions
Gary Schenk - Wed, Oct 19, 2016
My 2 cents. 1) First is getting to the trail head. I will definitely fly from Seattle into San Diego. Is a bus/taxi from the El...

Few Misc. PCT Questions
-Ghost- - Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Completed my 2011 AT Thru-Hike and have the opportunity to do a PCT thru hike in my transition when moving from the East coast t...

Re: Class Of 2016
tcrutchfield64 - Tue, Oct 4, 2016
I'm considering this hike but I don't like the cold. Section hiking may be for me. I can't quit my job. Any suggestions...

Massive Wall Maps (free)
postholer - Mon, Oct 3, 2016
We have just completed (or started) the wall map project. Currently we have maps for the PCT, CDT and AT. These maps are create...

Bigfoot Trail PDF Map Set (free)
postholer - Thu, Sep 22, 2016
Adding to our collection of PDF topo maps, we introduce the Bigfoot Trail pdf map set. These topographic maps are 1...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

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PCT - Kodiak1 - Yesterday
Looking forward to hiking the pct next year I'll be 62 on Christmas Day and planning on retiring the end of January. Never considered myself a blogger so this will be a challenge but I do want...
INT Day 5 - Heat
OTHER - buck30 - Tue, Oct 25, 2016
I realized too late that the beautiful tree I was under had tiny, but thick spikes that popped my Neo air and had me flat on the hard ground all night. Fuck! This had actually never happened b...
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CDT - simplesole - Tue, Oct 25, 2016
Crazy Cook!! Arrived at 12:00 pm. Took some pictures and Colin and I waited for our shuttle to arrive and take us back to Lordsburg. The shuttle was an awesome roller coaster ride in an open t...
Day 151
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AT - trpost - Tue, Oct 25, 2016
1900 miles done! Good day today, way too crowded at the shelter. Cold again last night, had trouble convincing myself to get up this morning, then when I did, it was warmer than I thought. ...
My Shoes All Locked In
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PCT - kiwi stu - Tue, Oct 25, 2016
So, after 18 months of planning and hiking, the shoes I will be wearing on my hike are finalized. I have wide feet, so the Altra's have been and still are my shoe of choice. I started wi...
Some Stats
PNT - brianle - Mon, Oct 24, 2016
I had my fitbit (fitness tracker) with me throughout this PNT hike, and managed to recharge it in trail towns and to periodically sync it up so stats were saved online. This weekend I spent so...
Esbit Stove
JMT - Recon - Mon, Oct 24, 2016
A couple years ago, Vapor and I were doing a section hike on the PCT when we met a thru hiker called Ingenuity. He was retired from the sheet metal and HVAC industry, and with his skills, he h...
Returning To Condor Trail In November
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OTHER - Miner - Sat, Oct 22, 2016
My vacation request at work was just approved. I will be resuming the Condor Trail just before Thanksgiving and finishing in early December. I still have about 180 miles to complete the trail....
Porky's Revenge
AT - RevLee - Fri, Oct 21, 2016
When we arrived at the shelter last night, we noticed a lot of gouge marks from some animal on the wood of the shelter. Even up on the rails of the top bunks and the loft. We assumed it was fr...
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AT - OnthegO - Fri, Oct 21, 2016
On March 6th, 2017, I will climb to the top of Springer Mountain in Georgia and then I will walk northbound until I reach the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine, approximately 2,189 miles away....
Adventures In The Gila
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CDT - Adam and Denali - Thu, Oct 20, 2016
We had quite the journey through the Gila Wilderness over the past 5 days. In 4+ months of hiking we have seen a lot of different kinds of terrain, but this was something entirely new - walkin...
Test Hikes
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PCT - SwampFox6a - Sat, Oct 15, 2016
I've taken a couple 2 day test hikes into the Smoky Mountains. First trip was late August with my son. Was rather warm, but absolutely a beautiful relatively flat trip up the Deep Creek drain...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Wearing all the layers

Luckyman - PCT - Sep 22, 2013 - Ignore The Weather And Head North
Syashinka was questioning whether we should leave Stehekin in the rain the forecast was predicting, but the morning was mostly clear and the border was calling us north. We caught the first bus back to the trail. The bus stopped at the bakery allowing us to stock up on cinnamon rolls, scones, and pizza pockets to supplement our breakfasts and lunches over the next days. The trail from High Bridge follows Stehekin River and then Bridge Creek all the way to Rainy Pass. This makes for an easy climb over a 20 miles stretch. We reach Rainy Pass just as the temperatures are dropping and it begins to, well, rain on Rainy Pass. Imagine that. I add some more layers and follow Rule Number Two; do not pass a bathroom without stopping. Rule Number One is “never turn down food.” We pushed on another 3 miles to a camp not far from Cutthroat Pass. When we arrived there was the tent of Rabbitstick. I first met Rabbitstick in the high sierras, and then again in Oregon. He was a river guide for years on western rivers. He also rowed his boat across the Atlantic Ocean. He is a few years older than me but is still challenging himself with the hike. Nice guy. This ended up being a longer day that I finished by cooking in the dark. Syashinka does not have a stove and has all cold meals. Even with cold meals he has managed to gain 4 kilos (about 9 pounds) during his hike. We had camped in a big clearing about 150 feet from the trail and 100 feet from Rabbitstick. By the time we packed up and started hiking, Rabbitstick was gone. It started raining soon after we left camp, and as we moved on to higher elevations, the rain turned to snow that stuck to the ground and us. Our goal for the day was to hike 27 miles to Harts Pass, the last road crossing before the border just 30 miles further north. We had heard that Harts Pass had Trail Magic for hikers. Trail Magic tends to collect hikers and I was hoping to find a larger group to hike to the border with. The day continued between rain and drizzle keeping everything wet. Harts Pass had a few people there. Beer and Ranch are a German couple whom I had met in Yosemite months before and Brownie whom I have seen in the last couple of towns. There was a large 4 person tent set up that hikers could use along with cokes, beers, and snacks. The Angels had left just before we arrived and we could not thank them. The others there planned to pitch their own tent leaving the large tent to Syashinka and I. Large tents are colder, not being able to keep the heat in as well, but it would mean we would not have to pack up a wet tent in the morning. To stay a little warmer Syashinka actually set up his tent inside the larger one. Went to sleep with a little rain falling and the knowledge that I was only two days and 30 miles from the border, and 39 miles from the end of the hike. There are a lot of mixed feelings about finishing. It will be good to complete the trail and return home. It will be sad to stop this traveling life filled with beauty and new friends. Home is winning the argument in my head though. Luckyman

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