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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

Wind Galore
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CDT - Day-late - Yesterday
Got up and thought thee wind had pretty much died out over night. Boy was I wrong on that one. This was yet another day of walking through high desert. It went from lots of creasote bushes to ...
Journal Entry
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AT - Journeyman - Yesterday
Left camp around noon for an easy stroll down to Winding Stair Gap to catch the 3:30 bus to town. Staying at the Sapphire Inn tonight and tomorrow. When I checked in the guy behind the desk ga...
Last Day With My Collegues
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PCT - snepp00 - Yesterday
Last day with my collegues DUTCH: Morgen zal mijn laatste dag op werk zijn. Daarna zal ik m'n collega's niet meer zien voor de komende 5,5 maanden. Toch wel een apart moment. Maar aan...
Flying To Bend
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ODT - Tom Weir - Yesterday
I fly to Bend today and will start hiking on Thursday. I've got the newest maps from ONDA. All my resupplies are packaged. I'll take some to the post office myself. The rest will go to my ship...
Welcome To Split And Two Step's CDT Journal!
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CDT - rlhdancer - Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Welcome to Split and Two Step's CDT journal! Welcome to our 2016 trail journal! We are Chris and Becky Haynam of Pleasanton, California. Since 2011 we have hiked a national scenic trail or or...
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AZT - SlowBro - Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Well, today I finally got in to see the podiatrist for the pain to the base of my right second toe. X-rays were done. A thorough history was done. A good exam was done. Even an ultrasound was ...
April 16th - 22nd Preparation
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PCT - Dusty Roads - Mon, Apr 24, 2017
I'm now within 2 weeks of leaving for my thru-hike! I have most of my gear now and I feel as though I am 95% prepared for my hike. I spent this week doing only light workouts that didn't invo...
Journal Entry
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AZT - WFO50+ - Sun, Apr 23, 2017
4-23 Just North of Jacob Lake to Utah Border 766.6 to 788.7 for 22.1 miles It was a much warmer night, so I slept much better. I started at 5:30 am because I knew Larry would be early to...
Out Of Idyllwild Sunday 4-23
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PCT - Huff and Puff - Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Hi everyone. Sitting in my tent with the wind howling outside. Wee bit cold also. Too windy so no cook stove tonight. Cold dinner of Spam, peanut butter, tortilla's and a fruit bar for dessert...
Planning Stages
PCT - Wasatch2003 - Sun, Apr 23, 2017
--Building planner via Great site, wish it could be exported to EXCEL. --Per Jack Reacher: "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face". --Current working estimate...
1 Week!
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PCT - jon pearson - Sun, Apr 23, 2017
With only a week before I travel to San Diego, I am getting excited. All my preparation is done so just can't wait to start. Meehap has decided to start the trail with me. He will go as far as...
AT Thru Hike Pre Hike Notes
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AT - Discount - Sun, Apr 23, 2017
My journey will begin in Harper's Ferry, WV heading NOBO. Upon reaching the summit of Mt Katahdin, I'll head back to Harper's Ferry where I'll head SOBO on the final leg of my thru hike ending...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Red Feather - PCT - Jul 20, 2015 - Glowing Eyes
July 20

Today sucked bad. I was dragging BAD all day. At 7:35pm I realized I'd already passed (by about .4 miles... but I never turn back) the spring I planned on getting my last water for the day at. So I had to hike 6 more miles to water. I jogged a couple miles of the distance out of fear of the dark. Somehow even though I jogged most the time I didn't get there any faster! I kept my mace in my hand the whole time... ready to spray ANYTHING. I reached the creek at about the same time that it became pitch dark. So I put on my very dim headlamp. The area was very steep on both sides of the trail. Luckily there was a camp site only about one mile away but that means at LEAST another 20 minutes. I got to the area where the camp should be but looked around and didn't see anything but thick bushes and huge rocks. I walked a little farther to a heavy flowing stream. I really didn't want to rock hop in the dark and especially when I was so exhausted but I needed to see if the camp site was over there. I decided to use my iPhone for a light which worked SO SO much better. So I rock hopped with my phone in my mouth. I got to the other side and the only thing I saw was a tiny itty bitty spot where my tent would clearly cover the trail. I walked to the spot turned my head to the right to lock eyes with two big glowing yellow eyes. The eyes turned and with complete silence vanished. I was so exhausted after hiking over 27 miles and starving that I hardly cared. I have no clue what it was. A deer, bear or cougar? I don't know. I put my tent up, ate a twix and passed out (with my mace next to me). I figured if it was a bear I'd hear a lot of sniffing around my tent and I'd deal with it then.

The next morning I woke up around 5 to make sure I'd get off the trail before anyone tripped over my guide lines. I also wanted to get to Seide Valley before the restaurant closed! And maybe just maybe I would just happen to run into Ram... IF he was still there, though I figured he'd already be gone. On my way to the Valley I ran into Houdini which made the hike in so much better. The trail to town included six miles of road walking. Yay... It was painful and HOT HOT. It got into the upper 90's that day. We got to the restaurant and store in time to grab a burger. Everyone was there hanging out in the shade waiting for it to cool off. As I was sitting in the restaurant with a couple of hikers Ram came in and sat with us. He was still there because he'd been waiting for a package to show up. He acted all cool so I had no clue if he was glad to see me? He kept hinting where he was hanging out at but EVERYONE else was hanging out on the opposite side of the store on the pavement by some picnic tables so I did too. I hung there for probably an hour or so before Ace suggested going to hang on the grass which was my chance to go over there without it being weird... So Ace (who by the way is an absolutely adorable girl in every way) her boyfriend and I went over to where Ram was hanging out. We all lounged around and had great conversations till it cooled off enough to hike out. The hike out started with an eight mile climb on a completely exposed hillside. Seide Valley is only 36 trail miles from Oregon. Around 7pm Ram and I hiked out together. We hiked about six miles till we finally found a spot on the side of the ridge to camp. We cowboy camped because it was completely clear and so beautiful. The sunset was gorgeous and directly to the east we watched a thunderstorm that went on almost all night! We only slept for about an hour that night. We couldn't stop talking and laughing all night and the view was so beautiful it was too hard to miss. We paid for it the next day... BUT we did get 20 miles done even though we were pretty delirious. I felt like we were pretty freaking amazing to get 20 miles done on an hour of sleep!

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