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Recent Forum Posts

Re: Trail Planner
postholer - Tue, Dec 6, 2016
It has always been the plan to do that, but so few head southbound it just never makes it to the top of the todo list. But yes...

Re: Trail Planner
gribley - Tue, Dec 6, 2016
Just wanted to let you know I'd love to see the planner support southbound as well... Thanks....

CDT Class Of 2017
Brightflower - Tue, Dec 6, 2016
I hiked the AT in 2012 and am now ready for another LDH. This year I am planning on hiking the CDT in NM in the spring and looki...

Fires On The Southern AT
postholer - Fri, Dec 2, 2016
Using the latest updates from the map (Gaitlinburg and GSMNP perimeters also updated) here's the breakdown on trail miles actual...

Snow Cream's Journal
SnowCream - Thu, Dec 1, 2016
SnowCream's Appalachian Trail Adventures www.Postholer.com/SnowCream...

Change In Trail Fauna Over 10 Years
postholer - Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Here you'll find land cover change over a 10 year period for various trails. The purpose is to bring awareness to the changing ...

Have You Kept Records Of Your Past Hikes? Care To Fi
black3math - Thu, Nov 17, 2016
I'm a data science student working on collecting some information. If you have hiked the AT and keep track of simple things, e.g...

Re: LPL, HPL, Section Difficulty In Data Book Pages
Catnapper - Mon, Nov 7, 2016
Postholer, Thanks for the info. I do find both the online data book and the phone app useful. I use a formula set I've refined...

Re: LPL, HPL, Section Difficulty In Data Book Pages
postholer - Mon, Nov 7, 2016
1) In the detailed data book pages, there are two columns following the elevation column: LPL and then HPL. They are obviously ...

Re: OnLine AT Data Book With 2,485 Locations
Catnapper - Sun, Nov 6, 2016
The databook info is great. Was it ever made into a pdf? Catnapper...

LPL, HPL, Section Difficulty In Data Book Pages
Catnapper - Sun, Nov 6, 2016
I hiked the AT in 2015, and I'm thinking of hiking again in 17. The postholer data book and planner for the AT have been very i...

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...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

Pre Hike Training Ground
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AZT - Tally Ho - Today
Part of the planning for my AZT hike obviously involves pre hike training, for me this means lots of walking. I have been walking 6 days a week now since the beginning of September and now ave...
Gear,Base Weight, 5.5 Months Out.
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PCT - kiwi stu - Yesterday
Base weight is 9kgs.This includes Solar Panels,External Power Pack and iPad Mini 4. I will be using these to download movies to Youtube from the Trail. All gear bought and trailed,al...
DANGIT!
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AT - SnowCream - Yesterday
More delays. Only two fires still burning and far enough away that there's no danger to my plans but rain is in the forecast for Mon. Tues. Wednesday next week and my ride won't want to drive ...
3 Months
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AT - TrailMustang - Wed, Dec 7, 2016
Update 1 - 3 monthsHey guys! Wow, I can't believe it's three months until I get to step foot on the trail for the first time. I've made a couple changes to my gear list and other things. A few...
Pre-trip Planning
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PCT - Ed+CLee - Wed, Dec 7, 2016
Pre-trip plannig begins in earnest today. First in order is to repair the damage from last year's hike. Lot's of holes...holes in the tent, pack & pad....
Journal Entry
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PCT - jon pearson - Wed, Dec 7, 2016
I officially retired today! My team gave me an amazing send off which made leaving even more difficult. However I have decided to return part time next October and work 2 days a week, so I am ...
What And Why?
PCT - steveflinn - Tue, Dec 6, 2016
My plan is to walk the PCT. Mexico to Canada. One step at a time. There's lots of reasons why. What's most important is that hiking connects me with nature (reality). And I find happiness ...
Sleeping Bag Thoughts
AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Tue, Dec 6, 2016
I was thinking of ways to reduce my "Base Weight", and started with my sleeping bag. The (2) sleeping bags I have now: Vaude "Sioux 400 Syn" at 2 lbs. 8 oz., and my Eureka "Silver City" at 3 l...
Finished The Condor Trail.
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OTHER - Miner - Sun, Dec 4, 2016
I quickly pack up and get moving before 7am. Despite all my worries, I found the first 1.5 miles of the trail to be straightforward to follow and there were plenty of places I could have campe...
100 Days Until The Appalachian Trail
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AT - OnthegO - Sat, Dec 3, 2016
In about 100 days, I will leave for Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin walking to Mount Katahdin in Maine. On this milestone day, I thought it would be a good time to share with you the pr...
Prep
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GET - ice - Fri, Dec 2, 2016
I will be hiking the Grand Enchantment Trail eastbound from Phoenix as a conditioning hike and connector trail in a Great Western Loop....
Training And Gear Changes
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PCT - Huff and Puff - Thu, Dec 1, 2016
Greetings to my fellow intrepid hikers. I have been negligent in updating this blog, so I will try to catch up. I have been doing several over night training hikes with a 30 pd pack. I try to ...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Katahdin practice pose

Button - AT - May 1, 2012 - A Day To Make Me Smile
Today was a late start, it was bound to be, after all we had everything we owned to dry first before we started hiking.

We opted to try and dry our things when we woke up due to the fact the sun was shining and it then meant we could hike right through the day rather than stopping along the way.
So we strung everything out across trees and bushes (and hoped we weren't hanging anything on or in poison ivy!) which made the site look pretty much like a hurricane had been through it and tossed our gear about.

Eventually at middday (yes, midday!) We got underway.
We passed the first shelter fairly quickly though I'd did make a quick water stop (note - only do this at Roan Highlands shelter if you feel you REALLY need to still work on your calf muscles) and then shot on to the 2nd, Overmountain shelter, where we were supposed to make it to meet everyone.

Though I obviously haven't walked the entire AT, I'm going to go out on a limb and say the prize for prettiest shelter and shelter view would go to Overmountain. It is an old style barn (think big, kind of curved in shape and red) which apparently sleeps 20 (but looks more like double could squeeze in) and the downstairs is half open with a beautiful view down a valley with forest, open fields and some country houses.
We opted to stop for a bite to eat and a planning session. We ran into a hiker called Plantman who told us there was apparently another storm pushing through and was due to hit in about 2 hours. Our plan had been to hike over Little Hump and Hump Mountains that afternoon, both pretty large climbs and would result in us being out in the open again if the weather did turn foul.
Hmm.
Loops checked the weather radar on his phone, I checked the clouds.
We agreed to shoot through.

The climb over Little Hump was tough, mainly due to the sun pelting down combined with a steep incline.
Head down, keep hiking. And open out onto a bald with superb views over the terrain we just covered and able to spot where we got caught out yesterday. A breeze started blowing and the day was feeling fine with no sign of clouds.
From here we could also make out Hump Mountain, which can only be described as a behemoth - a gigantic, awe inspiring, beautiful blot on the landscape.
We both agreed we were up for this - have at it!

At the base of the mountain the view became overwhelming and suddenly very daunting. This climb felt a real challenge for two reasons, the first simply due to its size and that we would be beginning our climb from a lower elevation than most peaks we come across, the second because it was an open area and we could physically SEE how high we were going whereas most climbs are under tree cover so you never really appreciate the vastness of a climb (though you sure feel it).

I was pumped. I was all over this thing. This is the hiking of home, I just can't explain how different climbing the balds feels from the tree cover, but it totally boosts me and changes my outlook.
My little legs worked their butt off getting up that hill, I was excited and even better the clouds hit us just right providing us with a cool climb up and just as we summited the sun broke through and gave us unparalleled 360 degree views around. It was spectacular.
Oh, and Loops almost stepped on a snake on the ascent which was pretty exciting if not a little heart fluttering.

We decided to loiter on the top for a while, taking in the scenery and the general feeling of the moment before heading down.
We watched a flight fight between 3 butterflies for a time and laid out and watched some clouds go by. This right here, this is the AT experience I came looking for.

We did think about heading straight to town tonight, but a quick call enlightened us that our chosen hostel was full, so we opted to camp at a place called Doll Flats, a couple miles from town making tomorrow a pretty decent nero for us.
Unfortunately it also meant we wouldn't see the Ducks again, who we hadn't heard back from yesterdays text. Seems we have finally hit our splitting point? :-(

Our descent to Doll Flats included a mud slip slide and boulder hopping before finally opening out from forest into an open plain which was our campsite.
I watched the sun go down while we ate, spotted a deer prancing through the field and the next morning watched the sun rise from the open side of my tent.

The past two days have been amazing. Awesome. And really the sort of days I was hoping to get from hiking the AT.
I have also really appreciated everyone's kind words about Claire, whether emailed or in my guestbook, I feel touched that you took the time to contact me and it has been a great help to share some of my feelings with the world at large.
Thank you all for your support, I'll keep on hiking and hope you all keep reading. Xx

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