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Recent Forum Posts

Re: Bears, Canister Vs. Food Pillow
stillroaming - Wed, Feb 10, 2016
Over the years I've had 4 night time bear encounters. I've always slept with my food and never have I had my food taken. I'm not...

Re: Bears, Canister Vs. Food Pillow
Gary Schenk - Wed, Feb 10, 2016
What you are saying is a canister needs to be carried for the entire trail, as you will encounter bears all along the trail, NOT...

Re: Bears, Canister Vs. Food Pillow
stillroaming - Tue, Feb 9, 2016
You bet it is in your best interest. And my best interest. After a bear gets your food, he's going to want mine. That makes him ...

Re: Bears, Canister Vs. Food Pillow
Gary Schenk - Tue, Feb 9, 2016
You bet it is in your best interest. And my best interest. After a bear gets your food, he's going to want mine. That makes him ...

PCT Snow As Of Feb 8, 2016
postholer - Mon, Feb 8, 2016
For those keeping tabs on such things, here's a side by side comparison of how the snow year is shaping up between Kennedy Meado...

Re: 2016 South Bound Pct Thru Hike
heartattackhiker - Sun, Feb 7, 2016
hi mgarrett100 if you interested in going with us on the 14th just email me back sometime. Myself and another gentleman from the...

Re: 2016 South Bound Pct Thru Hike
heartattackhiker - Sun, Feb 7, 2016
Hi Margerette, I will be leaving on a lower elevation route into Canada starting. June 14th. I'll be bringing nano spikes and ...

Re: 2016 South Bound Pct Thru Hike
mgarrett100 - Sat, Feb 6, 2016
My wife and are also planning on going southbound this year with a mid June start date. We wouldn't mind having some extra comp...

Re: Bears, Canister Vs. Food Pillow
Kaptain Kangaroo - Sat, Feb 6, 2016
Perhaps think of it this way... If every hiker kept their food in their tent, bears would soon learn that if they harassed a hik...

Bears, Canister Vs. Food Pillow
stillroaming - Fri, Feb 5, 2016
I've been thinking about this and maybe someone can shed some light on this in a , non-emotional way. Your typical PCT black be...

Re: Where To Buy A Bear Canister > Kennedy Meadow
enyapjr - Thu, Feb 4, 2016
FWIW: BearVault keeps the Kennedy Meadows Store stocked with BV500 canisters - 2016 price is 68 USD including tax. 68 USD is a ...

Re: Class Of 2016
jon pearson - Thu, Feb 4, 2016
Hi Can I ask folk who have been through the permit process. Do they ask for just your prefered start date, or can you give a ...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

the Book
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CT - SlowBro - Today
On the PCT the one book I relied on more than any other was the PCT book. The last half of the book identified each town along the trail and told what they had to offer. From library to...
My Mind's Made Up
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Today
After much thought and figuring my finances, I've decided there's no way I can make a hike this year. I know how expensive it was last year, and I had my whole Social Security check to spend....
Conditioning On Florida Trail
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PCT - camperdan - Today
My last day out on the beautiful Florida trail took me to Saint Marks National Park. Here my brother Paul walked us out on a long dike road that was full of wildlife. Seeing birds and alliga...
He Who Picks A Rose
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PCT - blackstar - Today
"everybody knows me know", sang Bowie. thats what it felt like after he died. david cameron wrote on twitter, "i grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master...
Journal Entry
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PCT - longshot - Yesterday
I upgraded my pack to the ULA Circuit and acquired the Corsa Camp ice axe. I have decided on a resupply strategy of purchasing locally when I can and only mailing to a couple of locations. By ...
It's Getting Real
PCT - cosmohiker - Yesterday
Hello Everyone! 10 weeks left! Things are starting to come together. My boxes are pilling up waiting to be filled, dehydrator is running and producing yummy looking food, gear is accumulatin...
Gear Thoughts
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PCT - jmac56 - Yesterday
So I have almost all major equipment selected/purchased. Most of the major items (tent/bag/pack) will be what I used on my section hike last year. It all worked well and will keep it Bag/Sac...
Shakedown 4: Bluestem With Troop 990
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AT - BevoHi - Sat, Feb 6, 2016
No mileage hiked with the backpack on this trip. Chance and I drove out to Frank's place for their annual Bluestem camp out with Troop 990. Incidentally, as a college student back in 1990, in ...
Postscript
FT - brianle - Sat, Feb 6, 2016
After backpacking for a while, it seems truly incredible how quickly one can get around with planes and trains and automobiles (all of which I used these last couple of days). I flew home ye...
Canine Good Citizen Class
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PCT - sb - Fri, Feb 5, 2016
Our dog class is going great! We just finished week 5 of 8 sessions. The last session will be a test for the AKC Good Citizen...I guess we get a certificate if we pass. We work on being good a...
Border Test
CDT - lorenmauch - Fri, Feb 5, 2016
Wow! What a great first day on the trail. It was really nice of Fred and Wilma to drop us off at the border. It's great to be at Lake Morena. (used when attaching photos to your entrys) (...
Journal Entry
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PCT - lwirtz - Wed, Feb 3, 2016
Hello friends. This is a test entry sent from my phone. Navigating a smartphone is new to me. With a lot of help from my family and practice I think everything should fall into place. I go...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

PCT photo

Almost out of Deep Creek Canyon

Snowplow & Rubber Legs - PCT - May 14, 2009 - Silverwood Lake
We almost did our first 20 miler today! We are tired, sore and our feet are painful but we are still considering today a good day. We actually should have gone another 2 miles but I directed us to the wrong picnic area on Silverwood Lake. Our feet were hurting so bad that we probably couldn't have walked those additional 2 miles anyway. One small new blister for me, a few recurring ones for Julie. We are using the Vaseline at least twice a day and it does seem to be helping. Our callouses are not as hard as they have been and that seems to help quite a bit. Today we continued downstream from Deep Creek Hot Springs. Although this has been a hot walk in the sun, this canyon is amazingly beautiful. Sheer rock cliffs plunging down into deep pools, areas of huge white boulders that create rapids and waterfalls and lots of big green trees down along the creek (but not up here on the canyon walls where we are of course). We hear the noise of the water constantly, except for when the trail heads into a side canyon. When you turn the corner and take a few steps the sound of the water vanishes and you are left with just the sounds of your shoes crunching along the trail. We are having a good day today. We finally exit the canyon right at the Mohave Forks flood control dam, which is completely dry and looks as if it has never had water in it. Walking along the base of the dam, inside where the reservoir would be, there is supposedly a bridge across Deep Creek. One source says a new bridge was installed in 2007 but we find no trace of it. We continue downstream looking for a safe place to cross. We finally reach the point where Deep Creek turns and flows into and through the dam. Fortunately it is wide at this point so, although it is moving fast, it is only about a foot deep and we cross without any problem. Leaving the Mojave Dam area we travel about 1.5 miles to where the trail intersects Hwy 173 and are surprised by some trail magic! Marlene, a pastor from Hisperia, has root beer and orange soda on ice for the hikers, as well as chairs in the shade. A little piece of heaven! She even offered to take our garbage. That may not sound like much but to us it's almost as good as the cold drinks. Garbage is just useless weight and there actually are not many places to get rid of it. That was very much appreciated Marlene, thank you! We are now heading towards Silverwood Lake, snaking around endless ridges, climbing and descending. During one long shadeless climb we are surprised by a runner who comes up behind us. We move over to let him by and he stops for a minute to chat. He turns to go and we also start walking again. OK, now I know that there are people who can run, but this guy just flew. Granted, he only had shoes, shorts and an iPod on instead of a pack but he was not jogging, it was a flat out run right up the hill we were struggling up. I just stopped and watched. And then Julie and I both just started laughing so hard we almost fell over. Reminded us of the tortoise and the hare story. Just a little while further we passed him sitting out on a point, away from the trail enjoying the view, and the laughing started again when I turned to Julie and said, "And the tortoise wins again!". Guess you had to be there. We are definitely the tortoise, slowly plodding along and carrying our home on our back. We are having fun today. More miles snaking around ridges, stopping to have lunch in a rare shady spot with 6 or 7 other hikers and getting water from a small piped spring, the last water for 12 miles. Our feet are starting to hurt so we stop and take off our shoes and socks to let them cool down. We change into dry socks and hang the wet ones on our packs so they can dry. It is 94 degrees and we are drenched. We drank as much as we could at the spring and left with 4 liters apiece. It will be plenty and we stop to drink often. I have to say again that the NUUN brand electrolyte drink tablets we are using are remarkable. I instantly feel better when I take a drink of that stuff compared to just plain water. It's similar to Gatorade but not as strong flavored and it doesn't have any sugar in it. We finally crest a ridge and see Silverwood Lake down in front of us. What a welcome sight. Our feet have been screaming to stop for the past 2 hours and we are dragging. We have a mile and a half to go to what turns out to be the wrong picnic area. But it will do. We have tended to our feet and they are quieting down now. Dinner is done, it is dark and, if we tune out the aircraft, train and highway noise, we can hear the water lapping on the beach and some rather large fish splashing in the lake. There is also an owl hooting in the distance. We tried to put up our tent, but it is impossible to drive in tent stakes and we are too tired to rig up deadmen. We have our tyvek ground sheet and our Ridgerest pads set out on the concrete by one of the picnic tables. If you like a hard bed this should work. Animal sitings: lizards, horned toads, squirrels

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