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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

Re: Need A Permit, No Problem
postholer - Wed, Jan 17, 2018
Thanks Malto! I think I'm on the same page now. DON'T camp outside of an Camp grounds2fgv8wru Lake Morena (mile 20), Boulder ...

Re: Need A Permit, No Problem
gg-man - Wed, Jan 17, 2018
If you look at each jurisdiction and what permits are needed only Cleveland NF has any restrictions. See...

Re: Need A Permit, No Problem
postholer - Wed, Jan 17, 2018
Thank you and THANK YOU. So, tell us more. Give us some details. I would REALLY like to hear the details of this. Please post h...

Need A Permit, No Problem
gg-man - Wed, Jan 17, 2018
Special, super secret information for Postholer readers only. (I think Scott has the best PCT site!). There is a major loophole ...

Re: PCT Class Of 2018
RobertoFresco - Sun, Jan 7, 2018
Hey Guys Last year the heat killed me.I went in late July. This year I will be on the trail from Km on May 1st to Bishop Pass. ...

Re: PCT Class Of 2018
19cbrown64 - Sat, Jan 6, 2018
Way to go, PCT Class of 2018! Wish I was. Probably 2019! Gotta get my "ducks in a row"! Will be following closely-lear...

Re: PCT Class Of 2018
hike4lifejnd - Fri, Dec 29, 2017
Ill be there, PCT Class of 2018. Coming in little late at start day NB from campo May 28th Nervous about water sources still e...

Early Sierra Entry - False Information
postholer - Fri, Dec 1, 2017
Entering the sierra early is a choice not a necessity. It creates adversity. The odds of completing a thru-hike are against you....

PCT Class Of 2018
postholer - Sun, Nov 26, 2017
Well, let's hear for the PCT Class of 2018! Check in let us all know what's going on. If FB is your thing, which it probably i...

The AT Guide Webpage Gone Dark
Swagman1956 - Wed, Nov 8, 2017
Hello everyone, was surfin the web yesterday and noticed that AWOL's The AT Guide website has gone dark. Did the company go bel...

Re: Six Weeks On The PCT 2018
Terminator - Tue, Nov 7, 2017
Depends on when you can go and what type of trail you are looking for. I am either doing the whole trail or perhaps Lone Pine to...

PCT Maps Updated For 2018!!!
postholer - Mon, Nov 6, 2017
The Pacific Crest Trail Pocket Maps are updated for 2018! These are not 40 year old scanned USGS topo maps. This year was a ma...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Back To The Beach
TAT - aandg - Today
Lots of wind and heavy rain in the night makes us glad we are in a building. However the rain makes a lot of noise on the roof and the wind dems to be rattling some gutters or something else o...
"Trail Angel"
LT - Gorp-Gobbler - Yesterday
Today I was talking to a good friend of mine who is one of the owners of the local brewery. He was asking about my hiking plans as he knew I'm backpacking the AT next year, and since he didn'...
Three Lakes Area
FT - Day-late - Yesterday
Nice hiking all day. Weather was good, very comfortable and the trail was trail for almost all of the day. Once or twice it hit an unimproved dirt road but thoughs were for a very short time. ...
Day 3 On The AZT
AZT - Tally Ho - Yesterday
It was nice to wake up with a water source so close by.......I had filled my bottles before retiring for the night so after packing up I was northbound again. At the rate I was going it would ...
Our Daily Bread
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AT - Swagman1956 - Yesterday
I would like to talk a little about starches today, namely breads. Now it is blatantly obvious that normal sliced bread as we know it is very impractical for the trail. It does not pack well a...
Pre-Trip Planning
PCT - rclemmons - Yesterday
I'm very excited about starting a 2018 PCT hike. Just made our Airline reservations today. Will be leaving St Louis for San Diego on April 24th....
New Knee Pain
PCT - mgundry - Tue, Jan 16, 2018
It’s been a while since I posted. I hope this is not an indication of how my blog will go while I’m hiking the PCT. I’m a bit depressed as I have a new knee injury. Las...
BCS Segment 4_7.7, Segment 3, 12.8 To Section 2_
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CDT - Jo - Sun, Jan 14, 2018
October 14, 2017: Got up at 5:50, there really is no point getting on the "trail" before we can see. Navigation is difficult enough in the daylight so the trick is to be ready to go at first l...
Covering Ground And Covering Pack
CDT - SlowBro - Fri, Jan 12, 2018
In my continued effort to decrease my pack weight I had a minor epiphany. First let me explain that I carry a plastic ground sheet in case I have to sleep on the ground and a pack cover to kee...
PCT - RobertoFresco - Tue, Jan 9, 2018
Years ago before the MOVIE i was working in San Diego. Some contractors were talking about the trail, they were headed there after this startup was competed. I dreamed of walking and challangi...
Mountain Laurel Designs Burn 38L Pack And How I
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PCT - jamieszew723 - Wed, Jan 3, 2018
It took many a restless night before I settled in on what pack I would bring with me on my next trek. Since my base weight has plummeted to a sub 7 lb range, I decided to forego a pack with a ...
Planning Every Detail
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CT - Tigress137 - Tue, Jan 2, 2018
Hi Journal, I've been planning to take my daughter Hannah with me on The Colorado Trail ever since I learned about it. Unfortunately, it wasn't until Gudy Gaskill passed away and I learned...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Training hike today to San Leonardo Lakes

rlmezoff - CT - Aug 5, 2011 - The Plan Has Shifted Slightly...
Well, the plan has changed somewhat radically in the last few days. It turns out my partner Emily was able to get some time off work so happily she is joining me for part of the hike after all. I will not be hiking the entire CT this year, though I may come close. But to be able to hike it with her is well worth it! The new plan requires somewhat more assistance from my sister and her husband, but they seem up to the challenge.

In 2007 and 2008 I hiked from Denver to Breckenridge, so the new plan includes getting back on the trail where I got off in 2008 and heading south again. I will hike solo from Segment 7 to Segment 14 at Highway 50 near Salida. From there Emily will join me with my dog Cassy (who turns 12 in a few days!) and we will hike from San Luis pass near Creede at Segement 21 to Durango (Seg 28) at a somewhat more leisurely pace. Since Emily was going to be my journal transcriber, you'll have to wait until we get off in Durango to hear how the last part turns out. It remains to be seen whether I fill in the missing portion from Highway 50 to San Luis pass this year.

I will still be carrying a SPOT, so you can keep track of us by clicking on the SPOT link on this journal page. I will attempt to push the check in button at least twice a day in the hopes that at least one gets a satellite lock. This is new technology for me, but it seems extremely easy to use and I think the people watching our hike will be interested to see where we are.

Now to revise some of the meal plans and change some gear around for two people and a dog instead of just one. All of this has to be done before I leave on Monday to teach a tapestry class in Pueblo before hitting the trail later in the week. A future entry will be about the gear...

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