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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

Re: Permit How To - Segment Hike
Miner - Sun, Aug 12, 2018
You need to get a single permit from the agency managing your starting trailhead. In this case it would be Inyo National Forest...

Permit How To - Segment Hike
DemHike2 - Sat, Aug 11, 2018
Can someone explain what permits we will need and which agency to get it/them from for the following hike? We are leaving soo...

Re: Report Of First Group To Make VVR
Trailmaster - Wed, Jul 11, 2018
Does anyone have anything more recent on the snow from Forrester pass to Kearsarge? Or crampons necessary?...

Re: Early Sierra Entry - False Information
Miner - Sat, Jun 23, 2018
While delaying entering the High Sierra for more melt off can make it easier/faster to go through there, it isn't going to make ...

Re: Early Sierra Entry - False Information
Slowlane - Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Nothing new here, just echoing the post By Washington I was walking with people who had left Campo a month and more after me, wh...

Re: CDT Planner Bug?
postholer - Wed, Jun 6, 2018
No bugs. The trail was rerouted in that area and the way points have not been updated for that new section. This is on my todo ...

CDT Planner Bug?
gremelts - Wed, Jun 6, 2018
I'm in the planning stage for a 430 mile hike from Butte to the Canadian border for 2019. Using the CDT Planner, I noticed that ...

Re: Postholer Snow Report - CDT
postholer - Tue, May 29, 2018
Yep, I couldn't agree more! The SNODAS model snow data has a resolution of 1km. You will always find a discrepancy, as in more ...

Postholer Snow Report - CDT
steelcranium - Tue, May 29, 2018
First Ill say the the modeling and new snow tool here is very helpful. It gives a more accurate feel for acrual of trail snow th...

Through Hike North Bound
Broken Arrow - Sat, May 19, 2018
I started hiking March 20th at the Mexican border @ Campo. The desert was the hardest hike I have ever trekked. Currently, I am ...

Re: 1 Month On The PCT
Winkle - Fri, May 4, 2018
I don't know about the specifics, but you should be able to explore a lot in 1 month. I'm jealous! I always wanted to do somethi...

Re: Section Hike
Miner - Fri, Apr 27, 2018
For estimating your daily mileage, you need to consider how light your total packweight will be, what your physical condition is...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

North Country Trail Day 8
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NCT - buck30 - Yesterday
Slept in a little and walking by 7:30. I had a 1,000' climb and 51 blowdowns I counted over the next few miles so my walking was slowish. I knew the rain was coming so I did 7.5 miles in 3 hou...
Arrived At Hwy-20
PCT - windbreaker - Yesterday
I just completed the section from Ashland to Hwy-20. 285 miles in 11 days, averaging 25.6 miles per day. I'm spending a couple days with Melinda in Sisters for a much needed rest. The smo...
Getting Home Day 1
PCT - mgundry - Wed, Aug 15, 2018
As usual I was the first one up and out. I went to the lodge to check out and ran into Viking. I told him of the ride to Vancouver and he said he had secured a ride already. Sweet, that means ...
Trail Treats
CDT - rlhdancer - Sun, Aug 12, 2018
Trail Treats After the unusually colorful sunset last night, we set an alarm for 1:30am to check out the Persieds meteor shower. We thought about cowboy camping under the stars, but we were w...
Journal Entry
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PCT - JCH - Sun, Aug 12, 2018
Sunday August 12th our 16th day on the trail. Traveled from McKenzie pass plus one mile 2 Santiam Pass Wagon Road. Where we met Judy and Larry who took us into town so we could have showers cl...
Highway 26/Dubois, Wyoming
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CDT - lorenmauch - Sat, Aug 11, 2018
I have successfully hiked from South Pass City to Highway 26 and hitchhiked twenty-six miles to Dubois, Wyoming. My resupply is at the post office. I'll be working on getting my Yellowstone Na...
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PCT - tnx4asking - Wed, Aug 8, 2018
TRUMP VERSION The trail was steep and rocky, the heavy summer snow was blown wildly by the gale force winds reducing visibility to zero. The sun shown brightly cooking everything in ...
Time For Another LASH (long-ass Section Hike)
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PCT - Mquillin2018 - Wed, Aug 8, 2018
It is time to bite off another chunk of the PCT. This section will be approximately 350 miles and roughly 18 days if I average around 20 miles per day. The objective is to finish where I start...
Day 84
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PCT - Rickreimer - Wed, Aug 1, 2018
An easy hike, gentle downhill into Burney. Here was a mountain ranch which caters to PCT hikers. For $ 25 you get dinner and breakfast, a swimming pool, shower, laundry and a campsite. Such a ...
Final Countdown
AT - impactmrj - Tue, Jul 31, 2018
So, sleep eluded me last night. The animal noise in the wall made me crazy. At 4am I awoke to find Zia packing up his stuff. I went out to pee and get my food bag off the bear line. There was ...
Suddenly - - - Done
PCT - brianle - Sun, Jul 29, 2018
Our plan was to to get into South Lake Tahoe today via a shuttle, where Tim was scheduled to go home while the rest of us would get resupplied and back on trail the next day. But. Ed told us ...
End Of Walk
PCT - Eldon - Sun, Jul 29, 2018
Developed oblique Tendonitis on the lower leg and gave up walking any further.It came about suddenly two days ago without warning. Had to walk another 40 miles until I arrived at Snoqualmie Pa...

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Hitchhiking: Right vs Wrong

SlowBro - PCT - Sep 19, 2014 - Thru-Hiker Tips
Here are a few tips that I learned on my thru-hike. There is nothing revolutionary here, but I thought it might be useful so here goes.

HITCHHIKING- When I started out last April I had not hitchhiked in over 40 years. The following are a few ideas to help you get a ride.

Make a big sign that people can read while driving 60 miles an hour. (The one on the PCT neckerchief is not large enough to read.) In addition, studies have shown that people read upper and lower case better than if it is all uppercase. Also, if your message has a border around it it is easier to read.

Make sure you stand at a place by the road where it is easy for people to pull off.

Look your best. Tuck in your shirt, take off your hat and your sunglasses, and above all- smile. If you smoke- don't.

When somebody stops make sure that you want to ride with them. If there is anything about the ride that makes you uncomfortable don't get in. There will be other cars. There is always some risk in hitchhiking, but in general the vast majority of folks who stop are wonderful and should be considered trail angels. Good luck!

HYGIENE- Take a small bottle of hand sanitizer like Purell in your pocket. You will find that you get filthy throughout the day and it's handy to have to freshen up or when you're preparing a meal or after those bathroom breaks. Also can be used on cuts and scrapes for first aid. Can often be refill at dispensers in public bathrooms or in supermarkets.

INJURY- Listen to what your body is telling you- shinsplints, tendinitis, and even stress fractures can probably be prevented by listening to your body. Most of these injuries are due to overuse and pushing yourself too hard. It is better to slow down or to walk fewer miles a day than having to spend a week or weeks off the trail recovering. This is easy for me to say, and harder for you to do, but at least think about it.

SUN PROTECTION- You will be in the sun every day, 12 hours a day, for the next five months. If you would like to keep from getting skin cancer it is important to cover up or at least use ample sunscreen. Just do it!

DISTRACTION- Bring an iPod or other music player. Stock up on Podcasts or audiobooks or even just music. Don't listen to it all the time, but do use it when you need it. I found an audio assist to be crucial during the last couple hundred miles of the hike. Especially on the big uphills.

HAMMOCK CAMPING- For those of you contemplating hammocking the PCT- a few words. Except for burn areas, the last 2000 miles of trail is good for hammock camping. Even in the Sierra there are trees at treeline that will work. The problem is in the first 700 miles. If you take a hammock in this first section you must also be prepared to sleep on the ground some days. Also, if the PCT is the first time you have ever hammock camped- then take a tent. As with all gear, you should have some experience with it before you hit the trail.

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