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Recent Forum Posts

Re: Snow Outlook From Tahoe To Whitney
Steve_O_49 - Sat, Apr 15, 2017
You should have a blast! 1st thing you should do is google pictures of "postholing deep snow hiking". Now imagine you...

Re: PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
postholer - Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadow should be OK, aside from any late season storms. The high point is 8,000 feet in that section, but...

Re: PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
RobertoFresco - Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Hello Friends I obviously didn't know what I was doing when I scheduled my trip. I plan on hiking the section from Walker pass ...

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
Hotdog - Sun, Apr 9, 2017
So exactly what am I waiting for here? Looking at hearts pass snow report. There is lots of snow. Am I watching for a certain le...

Snow Outlook From Tahoe To Whitney
Kmarin - Thu, Apr 6, 2017
Hey guys, really happy I found this website it's been super helpful so far. I'm plan on hiking the PCT sobo this year, my orig...

Re: Help With The Trail Planner
postholer - Thu, Apr 6, 2017
At this time the planner only allows for a south to north journey, due to the overwhelming trend of going in that direction. -p...

Help With The Trail Planner
M McMich - Thu, Apr 6, 2017
It seems the trail planner will only let you hike from south to north. I want to hike a section starting in Damacus VA and going...

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
dofdear - Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Postholer Maps are a great resource for snow information. What I like about the maps over the other graphing tools is that the ...

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
Miner - Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Though conditions will be improving since the snow will be melting off each day ( and a week of warm weather can make a big diff...

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
jimbo - Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Thanks, post holder! I called the ranger station on Mt. Jacinto to talk about the Trail closure on the mountain. I also talked ...

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
postholer - Sat, Mar 25, 2017
I feel your pain. It would be nice to know what conditions are like every step of the way, around every corner and every rise. T...

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
jimbo - Fri, Mar 24, 2017
But it is alittle crazy to brag about being a great source for "trail snow" not (snow pack), and then to...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

Scout And Frodo Kickoff
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PCT - Dusty Roads - Yesterday
My day started out on the couch at Cousin Joe's house as he was housing me until the morning where I planned on taking the light rail to the airport. After an hour ride on the rail, and a 3 ho...
CDT Trail Days
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CDT - rlhdancer - Yesterday
CDT Trail Days We rose late, recovering from sleep deprivation after our four hours of shuteye last night, and still were able to catch the start of CDT Trail Days. The first and fourth prese...
Backcountry Permit- Grand Canyon
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AZT - SlowBro - Yesterday
Today I faxed my request for a September backcountry permit to the Grand Canyon. It will be a few days to weeks before I hear back, but on or around September 19th I should be camped somewhere...
Resupply Plan Done
PCT - Rickreimer - Yesterday
Finally finished the resupply plan and of course the plan will be obliterated after day 1. But it was fun doing the research. Going to send 10 boxes and resupply in towns along the way....
Day 2 Out Of Lordsburg
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CDT - Day-late - Yesterday
Slept well last night. I used my tent as it was kind of buggy. I think I mostly had it set up right. It has been a long time since I've used it so my memory was a little shaky. Today was proba...
How I'm Taking All My Gear On Aircraft
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PCT - kiwi stu - Yesterday
Another job done. Bounce Bucket and large Duffel bag. I will post Bounce Bucket to my mate in Portland Oregon when I get to LAX. My Pack and all my gear,clothing,hiking Poles etc are all in...
Clock Is Ticking
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PCT - snepp00 - Yesterday
Clock is ticking And again...a day closer to my departure to San Diego. 6 more days! Preparations are starting to take shape now. All my gear ..... Dutch; De klok tikt.... En wé...
Pack, Repack, Put Something In, Take Something O
PCT - CarlZ993 - Yesterday
I finished up my physical therapy yesterday. Got a 'thumbs up' from my therapist. I've packed, repacked, weighed, and reweighed ad nauseum. To say that I'm anxious is an understatement. I ...
Check Check Double Check
PCT - Kodiak1 - Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Well tomorrow is my start date excited maybe a little nervous but hope to be on the trail by 6:30am I checked out the beginning the other day so it's finally time to hit the trail. Psalms 121...
Day 24
UKT - PeterS - Wed, Apr 26, 2017
The B&B host was very nice and really took an interest in the experience I was having on the coastal trail. She did tell me a few things about Port Isaac, one of which was that it was the ...
End Of Hike
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PCT - MaccoMan - Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Well, this is the end of the hike for me. Took a few days off to try to get the blister to feel better. It is right under the ball of my foot, so every step aggrevates it and causes it to ge...
Day 5
CDT - Ellen S - Wed, Apr 26, 2017
We slept in until 5:30! With only a few miles to town, we took our time with breakfast and breaking camp. Started hiking at 7! The trail wandered around low hills, roughly parallel to the roa...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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after sunset from camp

Alistair and Gail - GET - Mar 15, 2013 - Coyotes, Great Views And A New State
I’m up at 6:00 after a warm night to a warm 45F(7C) morning. Before we’ve finished our oatmeal and drink the sun is shining on us and warming us up even more. A coyote comes to see what’s going on, standing no more than 100’ from us for a minute or so before it heads towards the gully and starts howling. We go back to the stream in the gully and fill the platypi and wash some socks. The temperature is up to 59F(15C) before we set off at 8:10. The trail is good and easy to follow until about 7900’ just before the route turns from going east to NW. Then the route becomes more vague with deadfall to 8110’. Just before we reach the 8110’ top we see a coyote on the ridgeline howling. From 9:30 to 9:50 we sit near the top and have a snack. There’s more high cloud today as compared to the couple of wisps of cloud we saw yesterday afternoon and the Pinalenos to the SW do not seem to have lost much of their snow. However it’s still mostly sunny and the temperature is 66F(19C). Half a mile or so along the ridge is a gate and after that the trail is snow covered down to the Maple Peak col. The views east are good but we find it awkward balancing on the snow while trying to avoid being caught by catclaw. Between 10:20 and 10:50 I leave Gail with the packs on the trail and go up to the summit of Maple Peak to get the all round view. There is a bit of a trail up the ridge but I have to crawl under a fence prior to the last part of the ascent. I’d have liked to stay here looking at the views in all directions longer but we have many more miles to walk today. There’s more snow on the trail as we head down the NE slopes of the peak and the trail becomes difficult to follow in an area of switchbacks due to the combination of snow and deadfall. From 11:40 - 12:50 we stop on the col before the ascent of Charlie Moore Mountain. It’s a Friday today so the ranger station will not be open when we are in Glenwood tomorrow so I phone them to find out the status of the fire closures and find out the closures are still in effect. I also leave a message for Stefan. We also eat lunch - I have more bread and pbj - I decided to take bread for this section as I knew I’d be eating tortillas from Gila to Magdalena. Leaving the col we soon lose the trail in more deadfall on the east side of the ridge so we just make our way up towards the WSW top of Charlie Moore Mt the best way we can see. We find the trail near the top and follow it to the Trail 36 junction then without much difficulty east from here. The trail is on the north side of the ridge so I get the compass out to keep a check that we are heading east rather than NE. It feels much warmer here than on the ridge as there is no breeze here. We have a break at about mp 12.4 where the temperature is 75F(24C). We reach the fence marking the AZ/NM boundary at 15:30 and spend a little while taking self timer pictures here. It stays warm but there is a following wind as we walk on down the road into NM. We see some metal tanks and pipes on the left but there is no water. There’s a short uphill section before we reach the powerlines that we have seen for a while. The original plan was to camp wherever we see water this evening, but as we still have enough water for supper and breakfast, when we see potential camping places on the south side of the road just before the crossing of Vigil Canyon, we decide to go and find camp. There are plenty of options behind trees and so out of site of the road. We select a site at 18:20 and start our evening tasks then surprisingly the clouds put on a fine colour show both to the east and the west. Afterwards Gail continues putting up the tent while I cook jerky and rice with tomato and taco seasoning. The temperature is 70F(21C) at 18:30 so we do not have a hot drink after our dessert of malt balls. The larger crescent moon gives some light to camp after sunset. 3 or 4 vehicles go by while I do my notes and look at the maps until 21:10.

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