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Recent Forum Posts

Re: Week Long Hike Informational Help Requested
ochocowalker - Fri, Aug 26, 2016
Alexander, The closest common trailhead to the PCT on a highway from Eugene is either 1) the crossing at McKenzie Pass, highwa...

Week Long Hike Informational Help Requested
myedicius - Thu, Aug 25, 2016
Hi all! I have some questions that I am hoping some of you can help me with. So. . .A little bit of information to describe t...

New Slack Channels
postholer - Wed, Aug 17, 2016
For those of you who have a virtual life outside of FB, I've added a couple "Slack" channels. They are Slack is kind...

Transportation From Seattle To Rainy Pass On Septemb
tanasi - Mon, Jul 11, 2016
Hi All, we are planning to hike from Rainy Pass to Manning Park the first week of September. We are trying to figure out trans...

Interested In NoBo Cascade Locks To Manning?
ridehard - Wed, Jun 29, 2016
Looking for someone who might be interested in hiking this section. I had a PCT permit from Campo but had to cancel out of that...

Re: Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
AxiomUnbroken - Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Thanks, I am going off the NOAA snow maps superimposed over a topo map//ww.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/m ... uidebooks/ I did c...

Re: Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
postholer - Mon, Jun 27, 2016
The bugs will be horrendous southbound. Most of the trail doesn't have snow on it, but significant portions still do. "......

Re: Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
AxiomUnbroken - Sun, Jun 26, 2016
I read the bugs were not as bad southbound, compared to northbound... with snow on the ground, I would assume the same. The lowe...

Re: Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
postholer - Sun, Jun 26, 2016
The snow maps tend to under do the snow amounts. So if they're showing snow you should find plenty. Frankly, I wouldn't do Oreg...

Southbound - Canadian Border Questions
AxiomUnbroken - Sun, Jun 26, 2016
I booked my trip to Washington for the 3rd, I am wondering about conditions to the border on the PCT, the snow maps still look r...

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
AxiomUnbroken - Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Does anyone know what the conditions look like to the Canadian border around harts pass? Now maps still look like hell....

Arizona Trail Google Map Update
postholer - Sat, Jun 25, 2016
The AZT google map has been completely updated with the latest track and way points from the Arizona Trail Assoc. You can find t...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

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CDT - simplesole - Today
Beautiful morning and only a few bugs. Ran into two antelope hunters after Bull Spring. They were in their 4x4 truck scouting for rifle season. They were surprised to see someone out in the mi...
Day 103
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AT - trpost - Today
For a short day, it was tough today. It was hot and humid, and there were some big ups early that I got in the hottest part of the day. Didn't get up till 7:30, didn't have enough water t...
Meal Planning
PCT - daniel jacobs - Today
Well I will be leaving for My trip in march 2017 It is meal planning time I am planning for 100 days worth of meals Mostly Dehydrated foods are my main staple for weight savings. Variety is we...
Day 153
PCT - Ddawg - Yesterday
Day 153 It started off as a regular day with John hiking in with me. I met more thru-hikers plus most of those I saw yesterday. New additions were Terminator, Tex, Shepherd and Pépé le Pew....
No Boxes - - - But The Trail Provides
PNT - brianle - Yesterday
After a pleasant warm night, we woke to completely dry brush on the trail. What a delight to walk completely dry from the start of the day! Some few hundred feet of climbing, followed by per...
Passes, Passes And More Passes
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PCT - bobk - Fri, Aug 26, 2016
The entrance to the Pasayten Wilderness had expansive green meadow hillsides with great views. As the trail progressed the terrain resumed it's densely forested canyons and with more open area...
In The Clouds To Wolf Creek Pass
CDT - Voyageur - Fri, Aug 26, 2016
I have to get to the PO to ship my bounce box now. Suffice it to say the last few days have been rough with rain, cold, wind, snow, grapple, & lightning!! I considered bailing off thetrail...
Mile 1801!
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PCT - ajmancuso - Fri, Aug 26, 2016
Ronda and I just completed the 68 mile section between Trout Lake and White Pass in Southern Washington. This included a spectacular section called Goat Rocks Wilderness. It started on the fir...
Zero Day In Bend
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PCT - Chukar Bird - Fri, Aug 26, 2016
A much needed rest day! I did a few town chores but for the most part I did not move much! I was firmly planted in a comfy chair in front of the TV watching the latest season of Game of Throne...
Town Day!
AT - chaseat99 - Fri, Aug 26, 2016
Our campsite had about a dozen tents this morning. Blizzard camped next to us a sobo who flipped at Harpers Ferry. Of to an early start but the rain started about the time we hit to the expo...
State Lines And Spirit Times
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CDT - BigBro+LilSis - Fri, Aug 26, 2016
Holy crow a lot to catch you all up on?!! Yellowstone National Park was a boon of an experience... But it lacked wifi and cell service, like it really should, and thus a double wammy blog comi...
Olallie Lake
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PCT - ddmsigns22 - Thu, Aug 25, 2016
After a good off day at Bays Lake we finally had to leave.  Jefferson Park is such a wonderful place. You could see why it is so popular. For those that don't have reservations there are pl...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Topo' With His Trail Magic Plate

Gadget - OTHER - Apr 5, 2014 - Trail Magic On A Cold Sunny Day
We had some rain overnight, but the wind dried it off of our tents by morning. We got a decent start to the day; I was off and hiking a bit before 7:30 am.
Lots of climbing today; we had anticipated something like 4000' of climbing had we stuck to a more modest plan, but we carried on and climbed Big Bald, and later Little Bald, for an additional 1500 or so feet of elevation gain, so I think we might have done more climbing today than any day previously on this trip. And we're now poised about 14-1/2 miles short of Erwin so we'll definitely make it in to there tomorrow afternoon, ahead of schedule.
The day was quite cold, and overcast in the morning. The wind was particularly biting, all day really. Even when sun came out it stayed chilly. One result of this was that we didn't take a break when we otherwise might have. After already climbing up and over Frozen Knob and then en route to get over Hogback Ridge with Lucky and Milky a little ways ahead of me (and out of sight), I encountered a line of day hikers. The fellow in the lead asked "Have you had breakfast yet?". He went on to tell me about some trail magic set up about three miles further on. Trail magic is a thru-hiker term for folks offering things, typically food, to hikers along the way.
This energized me; Cristo was catching up to me at this point, but I stayed ahead of him for a while on the strength of this word. Later he passed me and caught up to Key Lime, but I was not far behind. When we got to the turnoff to Hogback Ridge Shelter, there was like a little white board leaning against a tree, telling in detail what the trail magic was, when it was, and how to find it --- about 2.4 miles further ahead.
So the three of us ended up getting there about the same time. There was a nice fellow with a table setup and as soon as he saw us he put on a bunch of eggs and hash browns and just filled our plates with this stuff. I took a picture of Topo' later digging in to the same thing so you can get a sense for the portion size. I had a big muffin too, and two cans of soda. Heaven. It's great to be able to eat like that and still lose weight; all you have to do is hike hard all day every day for weeks! I suppose this diet plan is not likely to catch on.
After relaxing there for a while, we pushed on, energized by all of those happy calories. The climb up Big Bald went a bit slower, but it was very nice up top: a great 360 degree view, sunny, not too-o much wind, so we had a nice break there.
We keep hearing that it's supposed to rain on Monday, and I think a lot of rain. So we might zero in Erwin. Or actually, at "Uncle Johnny's", which is right next to the trail, but not in the town of Erwin proper. He shuttles you into town for the necessities and thus avoids the need to hitch or otherwise shuttle in. As always, we'll play this by ear, but thus far when it's been predicted to rain it's rained whole big bunches of water on us for extended periods. We could use the rest, and staying dry would be very nice too.

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