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Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Hiking Partners
CDT - SlowBro - Today
The other day I got an email from an internet friend of mine. Jim and I have corresponded for a couple of years since just before I did the Arizona Trail. Jim was new to long distance hiking a...
Permit Day!
PCT - pwalsh53 - Yesterday
Well...seems this trail is sort of a popular thing. At least 3,700 people were ready and waiting before the precise instant that the permit application was made available! The wait begins......
Last Day
AT - chaseat99 - Wed, Nov 7, 2018
Nice toi spend one last night camped. Nancy is on her way to pick me up. It's been a nice 360 miles hike, great work out. I'm ready to watch some movies and to continue working on my running. ...
Equipment
PCT - hutnyak - Tue, Nov 6, 2018
I'm 4.5 months from my desired departure date and I have less equipment than I did at 6 months out. My REI Half dome failed and needed to be returned. What would be another suitable shelter t...
What The!
OTHER - tclough - Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Goodbye Burrell campground, you were good to us. Got up early, only because I was pretty sore from yesterday. Im not used to hiking with elevation, So it was good to sleep in and rest. When we...
Pennsylvania Resupply Notes
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NCT - buck30 - Tue, Oct 2, 2018
I liked PA a lot too. The Allegheny NF is 100 miles of well maintained trail. Lots of oil and gas wells though. The random parcels of Game lands throughout the state were surprisingly well mai...
10/01/2018 Antelope
CDT - pprovost - Mon, Oct 1, 2018
To: myjournal@postholer.com From: Pierre and Betsy Subject: Epilogue October 1, 2018 Monday I have been thinking of how my “Elevator Talk” might sound when I’m asked what our CDT hike ...
Day 139
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PCT - Rickreimer - Tue, Sep 25, 2018
The morning was again beautifully sunny and I had 4 miles left on the detour and then I would be back on the PCT again. The views were spectacular. I was finally able to see how beautiful the ...
Humbug Old 101 And South Of Campground
OCT - fireweed - Tue, Sep 25, 2018
Moved camp to Humbug State Park and walked north on Old 101 to new 101. More ripe blackberries.i backtracked to the campground and attempted to follow the OCT south of the campground back to 1...
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Tue, Sep 25, 2018
I selected the title "Decisions" for this entry because that's what I'm up against. My heart says I want to hike next year (2019) but my mind is telling me,'can you really do it'? I like to th...
East Glacier, Montana
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CDT - lorenmauch - Wed, Sep 19, 2018
I have successfully hiked to East Glacier in Montana. This is my final resupply before reaching Canada. Check out my blog for more hike details: lorenmauch.blogspot.com...
Bought My Ticket!
TAT - trpost - Wed, Sep 12, 2018
I purchased my ticket to Auckland today! I have been thinking about doing this trail for the last month or so, and I finally pulled the trigger and purchased my ticket today. I originally want...

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Gadget - CDT - Sep 15, 2011 - 11 Snowy Miles Into Silverthorne
Wow, was last night a wet one, but indeed it stayed as rain at the elevation I camped at and while my tent couldn't be put away dry, at least there was no frost to scrape off.

My shoes were wet from yesterday, and constantly re-wet in the wet vegetation as I climbed, and for some reason my feet were quite cold most of the (hiking) day today. Usually a pair of wool socks is enough, even when walking in snow, but the wet plus the cold made it tough to keep my feet from feeling at times quite painfully cold today. I stopped in a rare dry-ish patch under a tree en route up to put on my injinji thin wool liners under a different (not quite as wet to start with) pair of wool socks and put thin plastic bags between the layers. I think this helped, or at least it did after I hiked enough for circulation to warm my feet a bit. I wore a felt hat and kept my Montbell vest on under my rain jacket, a combo that's normally too warm for most conditions, but I was able to keep all this stuff on while climbing steadily this morning; it was cold. And it felt especially so, at least psychologically, when I began to walk in snow that had stuck, starting not much above 11,000'.

The snow on the ground (and trees and whatever) increased as I got higher, to the point where I briefly lost the trail a couple of times today because of the snow. With snow sticking as low as, say, 11,500' or so and it being just mid-September ---- this bodes ill in my thinking for me to get through Colorado over the next almost month or so. I'm not looking to borrow trouble, but it only makes sense to look ahead and make reasonable plans. From just thinking about it for truly the first time yesterday, I'm now thinking a lot about the possibility of terminating this trip soon and hopefully then coming back to hike the rest at a more favorable time of year. I definitely don't want to push on just so I can claim that I did it --- the journey itself should be rewarding, and these last couple of days have not been fun. The added risk of solo winter hiking also factors in somewhat.

The snow fall is not something that completely covers everything yet, however, so for the most part trail finding wasn't bad. At upper elevations the wind-blown sleet less than pleasurable, particularly when blowing right in my face; this makes it hard to see trail ahead, and it has an annoying tendency to fog up and wet down my glasses, making me that much more blind. I was quite pleased when the trail finally began to descend in earnest and took me down below where the snow was sticking and then into trees that kept the wind off of me. From there it was a somewhat long and winding but generally easy walk into Siverthorne. I had thought the trail would take me right near where the motels are, but at least the trail I chose to follow (and I'm pretty sure the one that Ley and Wolf suggest) brought me to a trailhead with barbed wire fences and "no trespassing" signs blocking the gravel road that I think Wolf told me to take. So I walked paved road towards highway 40, but fortunately saw a bike path below the bridge across the creek. Kind of odd walking through suburbia in full backpacker garb, but it got me to a motel for the night.

Just as I was approaching the motel I selected (one that includes both a good breakfast and has laundry facilities), a thru-hiker named Freebie called me by name from a neighboring motel. Ann had met him at Berthoud Pass after she and I parted, and so when he saw me he guessed who I was. We chatted for a while and I think I might end up going to dinner with him and other thru's that I'm not acquainted with who are in town.

Maybe they'll try to talk me into staying on trail, as at this point I'm doing the math and feeling pretty pessimistic of my chances of finishing the whole trail this year. I'll sleep on this (one more night) and make a decision in the morning, as Sliverthorne would be a pretty easy place to get off trail. And, if I'm not going to do the whole trail this year, I'd just as soon leave now; I've had plenty and enough tough hiking these last three months! Whatever I decide, I think that so-called "chunk" hiking (more than a section, less than a thru) is a real sweet spot that I'd be interested in doing more of. I don't see myself doing any more several-month journeys.

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