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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

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...

Re: Section Hike
gg-man - Tue, Apr 24, 2018
If you have hiked any section of the AT then you will likely do higher mileage in that section than any on the trail....

Re: Section Hike
postholer - Wed, Apr 18, 2018
If you are forthcoming about your hiking style and are accurate with your zero days it will be very close. The cool thing is, y...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Big Lake Youth Camp To Cascade Locks, OR (7/8-7/
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PCT - Mquillin2018 - Today
So I've just completed what is known to trail FOLK as a LASH - long as section hike. 650 miles from Castle Crags in NorCal to the OR/WA border at the mighty Columbia Diver Gorge. Add in the 22...
I Bet He Picks His Nose
AT - impactmrj - Yesterday
Slept great, I think my sleep pad, the one I had for most of the trip, the one I have now is better for my back. It took awhile for me to fall asleep but once I did, I slept. It did rain for a...
Ice Age Trail Day 45
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IAT - buck30 - Yesterday
I guess it was a decent day. Nothing particularly amazing but there was a lot of good trail so that's good. Also, for some reason the mosquitoes and deer flies were only "terrible" and not "ho...
Zero Day In Darby
CDT - rlhdancer - Yesterday
Zero Day in Darby Our plan to eat a crazy large burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches at the Montana Cafe was thwarted last night by an early closing. Unfortunately, it meant only a si...
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CDT - StarMan - Yesterday
Havin some grub in Salida. I think I’ll “Salida” this food into my belly! Made some good time in this last section, even with the thunderstorms....
Over Eccles Pass
CDT - fireweed - Sat, Jul 14, 2018
Slowed my pace down to keep my heart rate at a level I am accustomed to when working out at home. Wildflower display must be peaking--lots of red paintbrush, purple aster and a yellow daisy ty...
Day 104 Oregon PCT High Point
PCT - mgundry - Sat, Jul 14, 2018
This morning the mosquitos were still outside trying to get in. I was able to get out and take care of my morning chores without much interference. I went to the water cache and filled up then...
Hike To Sierra City
PCT - brianle - Sat, Jul 14, 2018
First off, let me say that the math for today's mileage doesn't seem to add up, because we followed the original (up to last year) PCT route rather than a new reroute, but I list the current o...
Not Our Favorite Day.
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PCT - LinO - Fri, Jul 13, 2018
I can honestly say this wasn't my favorite day of hiking. In theory, it should have been marvelous. The grade of the trail was easy, taking 5.3 miles to ascend 1250'. The tread of the tr...
Ash Camp
PCT - bafrazier - Fri, Jul 13, 2018
After a refreshing night's rest, we said goodbye to Squaw Valley Creek and headed uphill. The morning was overcast and humid and as we hiked uphill, the sweat poured from every pore on our bod...
Journal Entry
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PCT - goldeneagle - Fri, Jul 13, 2018
Up Date on the hike: Well, Well, Well!!! There’s always something that happens to try to keep me from doing this hike. Maybe I should pay more attention to that dark cloud over my he...
Grand Lake, Colorado
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CDT - lorenmauch - Thu, Jul 12, 2018
I have successfully hiked from Breckenridge to Grand Lake for my fifteenth resupply. My resupply box is at the Grand Lake post office. Check out my blog for more hike details:

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Fireweed - CDT - Aug 11, 2014 - Cheated The Storm
The sun came up over the horizon on the dot of 6:23 AM like the NOAA weather radio said it would--I had to laugh. There was nothing around to hang stuff up to dry, so I draped my wet rainfly over my pack and took off--flapping like the scene from the movie Lawrence of Arabia where he is enjoying his new flowing garments in the wind. The tent site claimed a tent stake--I could not find it even when I ran my bare hand over every inch of where I camped. My plan was to hike straight through to mile 5.1 in segment three. I got there in 6 hours of hiking with no break to avoid the inevitable afternoon deluge. The storms seem to be much more than just afternoon thunderstorms--they are lasting a lot longer than the shortlived cloudbursts I was used to when hiking on the Colorado Trail in 2011.I met some day hikers near the turn off to Crater Lake. I powered on and missed the CDT turnoff from the Crater Lake Trail, so mistakenly hiked down to the trailhead parking for the Crater Lake trail. This was actually a blessing in disguise, because Elwood Pass was right up the road and I made better time hiking on the leveled dirt road than on the trail. I met some trail workers coming up the Crater Lake trailhead and also two guys on motorcycles near Elwood Pass. I had forgotten I was out of the wilderness area. I got my tent set up just as the rain started to fall--Yes! I had a delicious afternoon being cozy in my tent listening to the rain and napping. There is a huge herd of cows that calls this meadow home. They had trashed the trail crossing the little creek and made their own trail that looked more like the CDT than the CDT. I enjoyed trying to decipher the meaning of their call and response bawling. Eventually I heard a huge stampede sound and climbed out of the tent and saw them all running into the woods on the edge of the meadow where they had been stoically sitting around chewing their cud in the rain. Luckily my tent site was tucked in a small stand of trees, although I could hear the heavy breathing and munching sounds of lone wandering cows as they encountered my tent while they took a "shortcut" over to the meadow. Some didn't go down into the woods with the others--it was late and I assume they were going to bed down in the shelter of the forest. I wonder why these rebels didn't want to join the others. I yelled out from my tent to one who stood dumbstruck by the sight of my tent that she had missed her friends who were down in the forest already. Eventually they all made their way out of the meadow into the forest and I was finally alone. I had a great evening listening to Celtic music programs from NPR in Pagosa Springs. Some of the songs were old ones I remembered from the 70's--Planxty, Silly Wizard, Fairport Convention.

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