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Recent Forum Posts

Re: Skip The Sierras From Kennedy Meadows
PhilipHCook - Wed, May 25, 2016
I tried to jump to Soda Springs (HWY 80 near Truckee) yesterday and hike North, but the snow was too deep to follow the trail wi...

Re: Planning PCT Hike For April 2017
Bombers - Tue, May 24, 2016
hello All, I am researching and getting my gear ready for 2017 PCT Hike, some of my friends are very supportive while others th...

Transport To Hart's Pass
Glaswegian - Sat, May 21, 2016
I'm planning to do a SOBO thruhike starting at the beginning of July 2016 and I'm wondering how other people are planning to get...

Re: Planning PCT Hike For April 2017
Terminator - Thu, May 19, 2016
Research online, research online, research online. Ideas for saving money before trail: Shorten your trip. Less time means le...

Re: Stove Fuel Availability
mrolph - Tue, May 17, 2016
Fuel canisters (isobutane/propane) are available at fairly regular intervals, probably as available as white gas. Alcohol is the...

Stove Fuel Availability
bob2019 - Mon, May 16, 2016
I have sadly been reading this forum for hours.... I hope many of these questions get answered I only have one for now....I no...

Re: Planning PCT Hike For April 2017
foxchard - Mon, May 16, 2016
One thing you can look at, if you or your friends are skilled, is creating your own equipment. There are a few sites and blogs ...

Re: Skip The Sierras From Kennedy Meadows
pix - Mon, May 9, 2016
Hi, thank so much for your answer. We will consider a through hike and hope everything goes well. Hopefully the snow will melt...

Re: Skip The Sierras From Kennedy Meadows
gg-man - Sat, May 7, 2016
You are going to want to check postholers snow page very closely. There is a lot of snow in north so I'm not sure where you are...

PCT Fire Perimeters Updated 2002-2015
postholer - Wed, May 4, 2016
All fire perimeters that the PCT passes through between 2002-2015 have been updated on the google maps. From the 'Map Skins' li...

Re: Northern Oregon Section Hike Questions
ochocowalker - Tue, May 3, 2016
Shellback I'm doing a SOBO starting Cascade Locks in early July, through all of Oregon into NoCal. I've sectioned parts of Ore...

Re: Class Of 2016
ochocowalker - Tue, May 3, 2016
I'll be doing a solo SOBO starting at Cascade Locks, ending at the official midpoint marker south of Lassen (provided I don't ge...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

Spring Heat
PCT - foxchard - Yesterday
So yesterday was our first taste of the (moderate) summer heat that we'll be having this year, being what felt like the warmest day of the year so far. What critical gear do I still need that ...
Zero Day In Big Bear
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PCT - Davidbrook - Yesterday
Trail experience: how can the terrain be changing so much so often; it seems I go through two or three changes in a full day of walking. This week has seen desert, plains, mountains, pone fore...
Mile 600 - Southern Tier Complete!
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PCT - ajmancuso - Yesterday
I arrived in Agua Dulce today, completing the PCT Southern Tier from the Mexican border at Campo to the beginning of the Sierra Nevada mountains at Kennedy Meadows. I had the pleasure of hikin...
Day Two
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PCT - Eldon - Thu, May 26, 2016
Camped high up on the ridge last night , cold but stayed warm with thermals and a good sleeping bag . Didn't sleep well as it always seems to take a few nights to adjust to new surroundings . ...
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PCT - sb - Thu, May 26, 2016
Slept in the van on a side street with two semi trucks.. All quiet.. They know where the good places are to park... I was at the ranger station st 8 am to see about where the snow line is.. 5...
Map Play
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CT - SlowBro - Thu, May 26, 2016
My knee is about 98% healed and Nancy and I went for a walk down to REI to pick up a second pair of shoes. I figure I will need to start with a new pair on the CT as the pair I've been wearing...
Day 68: Pine Knob Shelter, MD
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AT - BevoHi - Thu, May 26, 2016
I hiked 22.9 miles today with a 1488 ft elevation change in 11 hours from Harpers Ferry, WV to Pine Knob Shelter, MD. At this point, I have hiked 1046 total miles averaging 15.38 miles per day...
Day 31
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AT - trpost - Thu, May 26, 2016
Up early this morning to make sure I had time to do my miles and still have time in camp. Woke up at 6 to the sound of rain on my tent. It rained just enough to get everything wet, then stoppe...
A Porcupine
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AT - Quakerland - Wed, May 25, 2016
Today was a beautiful, sunny day and warm. The trail was relatively level, not a lot of ups and downs. It was a nice walk. As I walked down the trail I could see a dark object ahead on the tra...
Walking Through The Wind Farm!
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PCT - Chukar Bird - Wed, May 25, 2016
I know why there are so many huge wind turbines in this section? BECAUSE IT'S SO WINDY!!!! I got up and out of camp at 7am and tried to warm up. My hands were a bit cold from packing up but ...
Going For It
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PCT - widowmaker - Wed, May 25, 2016
We will be leaving Lone Pine in the morning. We thought about if it is safe for Spinner to go over Forester Pass. The day we came into town "Not-Tim" told us of his adventure (which included a...
Journal Entry
PCT - LinO - Wed, May 25, 2016
Wednesday, May 25 Monday night the wind blew and blew. Boy, were we glad we werent sleeping in our tents at almost 11,000 feet! Tuesday morning we assessed the weather and decided that defin...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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view of Adams from AM

Miss Potatohead - PCT - Sep 4, 2008 - Goat Rocks Wilderness
Today was an incredible day- the scenery was beautiful, and the hiking varied in difficulty between a fast descent in the morning to 3 miles of steep 500 ft climbs and drops on a narrow, talus trail winding above huge, rocky drop-offs. We started by climbing from our camp near a switchback to a ridge overlooking a lake valley to the beginning of the Goat Rocks on the opposite side. The trail continued around the valley, staying at more or less the same elevation to wrap around to the peaks. Good Times and I moved quickly through this section, doing seven miles by 9 am. We met a few south-bound weekenders and enjoyed a break with them before beginning a light climb up a ridge side to a creek valley. From the creek, we climbed a few more miles up to a minor pass, from which we could look back to Mt. Adams over meadows and valleys. It was beautiful, and it only improved when we crossed over the minor pass. On the other side, a river valley awaited us, with a rocky rim of peaks on the opposite side, complete with snow patches. It was like stepping back into the Sierra, only several thousand feet lower. Only about a mile past, we stopped for lunch at the true pass, at the head of the valley. We could see over the pass into valley with a series of waterfalls forming the headwaters for a creek and a view of Mt. St. Helens through the scrawny pines. Good Times and I took a 2 hour lunch break there, enjoying the views and sunshine. After lunch, we moved on, descending past the waterfalls. They were some of the prettiest I have seen in Oregon and Washington, surrounded by blooming wildflowers and meadows. After passing around a ridge nose, we started our ascent to the top of the peaks. We kept ourselves distracted from the climb by playing 20 Questions, places only. Although the climb took longer than I would have liked, I was still in a good mood when we reached the top and were amazed by the views. To the south, Mt. Adams was fully revealed from behind the ridge, with a straight-on view of Adams Glacier. To the west, a steep valley dropped off below us, with a ridge rising past it and circling around to the north, where the ridge held a suspended, partially iced-over lake. Also to the north, where the western ridge met our ridge, a narrow chasm in the rock showed the top and eastern slopes of Mt. Rainier, against a perfectly blue sky. It was so beautiful that we decided to stop for a break on top, where we could see both peaks. From where we took our afternoon break, the trail continued up and around on very rocky slopes, across two snowfields, and then onto a narrow ridgetop. In a distance of 2 miles, the trail literally climbed and dropped 500 feet over and over again, on a narrow ledge of loose rocks with steep, snow-covered drop-offs into deep valleys. This is probably the most challenging hiking I have done on the trail, but it was worth it for the views, as well as the sense of accomplishment afterwards. Well, perhaps not immediately afterwards, when I was exhausted, frustrated with how long it has taken to walk those two miles, and nauseous from my fear of heights kicking in. It had taken all my energy to climb and descend such steep trail while mentally talking myself through every step to keep from freezing up from fear. When we came down off the peaks, I was relieved to be done with the ordeal and very very tired. We stopped earlier than we had planned, at Lutz Lake, where a whole group of thrus camped with us. It was nice to have a camp with so many hikers; we spent the evening talking about how the past few days had gone, planning for the next section, and exchanging trail talk.

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