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Recent Forum Posts

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...

Bigfoot Trail Data Book & Elevation Charts
postholer - Thu, Sep 22, 2016
The online data book with elevation charts for the Bigfoot Trail is now available! This has all the great info that the other d...

Bigfoot Trail Google Map
postholer - Wed, Sep 21, 2016
The Bigfoot Trail has been added to our burgeoning collection of interactive Google Maps. It has distances and alternates. You c...

Re: Thru Hike 2017
kiwi stu - Sun, Sep 18, 2016
Hi Craig. I am coming from Brisbane Australia next year. I will be using Zerodayresupply and buying as I go for the entire hike....

Re: Thru Hike 2017
Craig7 - Tue, Sep 13, 2016
Hi...Has anyone from outside USA sent re-supply boxes ahead on the trail...its going to cost a fortune from UK ! I'm thin...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

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AT - OnthegO - Today
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....
Day 146
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AT - trpost - Yesterday
Strange but mostly interesting day today. Lousy night's sleep with weird dreams, not much to see on the trail, and a full shelter. Shelter last night was good. I was surprised how much warm...
Day 000
OTHER - buck30 - Yesterday
I said goodbye to Noam and Orna, although not for too long, I'll be back in Tel Aviv on the INT in a couple weeks. I had a 10:30 am bus to catch and good thing Orna warned me to flag down the ...
Adventures In The Gila
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CDT - Adam and Denali - Yesterday
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...
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CDT - simplesole - Yesterday
Tough day again. Rolling hills. Met a Catholic Priest that is a hermit. Has been living in the hills off the grid for 18 years. Lordsburg is the last town stop then it's the border. Happy Tra...
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...
Trail Names
JMT - Recon - Fri, Oct 14, 2016
Although CJ and I are just section hikers, we've gone about 600 miles together, so we seem to have acquired trail names. 16 year old CJ... he's a good kid. But, if you were riding in the car...
Oregon/California Border
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PCT - camperdan - Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Trail angel Art of Seiad Valley delivered Wuz and I to the Cook and Green pass PCT trail head at the top of the 5000 ft mountain range where we resumed our hike north. He gave us dire warning ...
2016 PCT Thru Hike - Facts And Figures
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PCT - ajmancuso - Thu, Oct 13, 2016
PCT Miles Hiked (Tony): 2063 PCT Miles Hiked (Ronda): 627 PCT Miles Available: 2500 (about 150 miles closed because of fires) PCT Total Length: 2650 Sections Completed: Mexican Border (CA) t...
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PCT - kiwi stu - Wed, Oct 12, 2016
233 Days out until my leave starts and I am on my way to LAX...Then to a trail Angels at Bakersfield..then he will take me to Kennedy Meadows for my Kickoff. I have been busy since last...
We Pick Up Our New Sleeping Bags Today
AT - chaseat99 - Tue, Oct 11, 2016
27* was predicted for last night. I saw 36* as the low. We were sleeping with our water just encase, to prevent it from freezing. Both of us wore or long johns, Down pants and coats. I was ple...
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CDT - RipQPine - Tue, Oct 11, 2016
Michael and I finished the CDT today st Cumbres Psss in Colorado. From Wolf Creek Pass to just a few hours before the finish, we traveled in snow. Postholing is so time consuming and diminis...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Paul, Sue, Bevo, Jenny, Ben

BevoHi - AT - May 15, 2016 - Day 57: Waynesboro VA
I hiked 0 miles today with a 0 ft elevation change in 0 hours from Waynesboro VA to Waynesboro VA. At this point, I have hiked 861.4 total miles averaging 15.11 miles per day (including 0 days). ....

We got Sued today

Bright Bags decided he would like to sleep on the couch last night instead of sharing a bed with me. We both won on that decision as we both got a great night of sleep. Bright Bags was distracted with real wireless internet and said he was up until nearly midnight catching up on the interwebs. I am also guilty of staying up past my bedtime last night. I updated pictures, Facebook, synced photos to Google Photos, and read some news from Reddit about the Appalachian Trail. I watched a video from Jacob Downing (aka"Clean Skittles") from the weekly update located here: He started about 3 weeks ahead of me. I'm guessing he is about 1.5 weeks ahead of me at this point. This week's episode included some background on who he is and where he comes from. I watch his video blogs when I'm in town to see what's coming up on the trail in my next week or two. I'm recording some video blogs as I go in basically the same format that he does, but I haven't had or taken the time yet to compile them and upload them like he does. Just typing up these evening journal entries takes me between 45 and 90 minutes each night as it is. Perhaps when I'm off the trail (and missing it greatly), I'll go back and splice together the "Vlogs" (Video Blogs) and post them on YouTube.

I woke about 6:15AM and hit some more internet. Sue and Paul told a story yesterday about how they are the only house in the subdivision with cable, so they don't have to share their cable-modem service with any of the neighbors. As you can image, this makes their internet pretty fast. :)

When I wandered out of my bedroom about 7AM, my trail family was also sitting in their beds curled around their phones. Zero-days are nice and relaxing! I borrowed the family computer to take a look at the schedule for the next week and called the outfitter to get some details on Aqua-blazing (canoeing/kayaking down the river that parallels the AT). We should be able to complete 40 miles of river in 2-3 days while Bright Bags walks the 28 miles into Front Royal in 2 days. We have an aggressive schedule of 20+ miles per day for the next 3 days. I understand the terrain is relatively flat when we get on top of the Shenandoah Mountains. Z-man set a personal record of about 140 miles in 7 days in this section. If he can do it, so can we. However, I'm not counting this record for my trip because I'll be doing 28 of those miles in a canoe or kayak. (It's my hike and I'm following the mantra of Hike Your Own Hike (HYOH).

While I was talking to the aqua-blaze outfitter, I got called to an awesome breakfast that Sue/Paul made for us. It included eggs, sausage, and orange juice (as well as coffee for the coffee drinkers). As soon as that was done, their daughter Jenny and her son arrived for a visit until about noon. Backstory: My parents and Sue/Paul lived in a tiny town of about 150 people called Pine Grove Mills in Pennsylvania in the 1970s. Jenny was their oldest child and we were best buddies. We reminisced about old times and stories were told about our youth. There was one that I totally don't remember about me where I apparently would say "Gaunk! Did you hear that?" (That first word is hard to spell --- It's a hard Gah ending with an "unk" in a single syllable). Sue and Paul recited it exactly like Jenny recited it later, so it must be a true story. Again, I have no recollection of this happening. After a few years, both families moved away from the town. But, the parents have always kept in touch.

Sue produced some pictures of us as kids. We recalled stories of mud fights in the empty lot next to our house when it rained hard. I remembered riding in a train of wagons pulled by a riding lawn mower through puddles in the street (after rain). There was a corn field behind our house that we would play in for hours. There were stories of me cracking my head open twice. One time was falling down some cement stairs behind a house two doors down (Dean Houck was my friend there). Another time, I pulled a dresser on top of me (although I thought that was when I lived in Chicago). I recall pulling the bottom two drawers out on the dresser so I could reach into the top drawer for my swimming suit. Both times required hospital visits and stitches. Apparently my Dad picked me up and took me outside so I wouldn't bleed on the white carpet.

Years after we moved away, I ended up coming back to this very house to escort Jenny to her Prom. None of those pictures appeared, but there were some from that weekend. Man, did I have a lot of hair back then. Needless to say, we had a lot of laughs about old times. Sue kept saying that I sounded just like my Dad.

Pretty soon, it was after noon and Jenny had to leave with her son to go to his baseball game, so we snapped a picture of the whole gang and said goodbye.

Sue then took the whole trail family out on a tour of the area. I won't be able to remember all the things we saw, but it included driving by Monticello, UVA, and other historical areas where Sue had a story about the events that happened everywhere. They volunteer their time around the area doing things like Meals-for-Wheels and Sue is a "cuddler" at a hospital nursery. This is a real thing. She holds babies that need some attention to comfort them. Some of these kids are going through withdrawals from the mother's addictions.

The entire day was filled with puns. Bright Bags started this weeks ago. He doesn't speak too much, but when he does, it's usually a zinger of a pun. This is apparently a contagious affliction as everybody was doing it all day. Examples are hard to think of at this late .........

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