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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

Re: Does The Planner Work For SOBO?
postholer - Sun, Dec 9, 2018
It's only northbound at this time. We may change that in the future....

Does The Planner Work For SOBO?
kayakpro - Sun, Dec 9, 2018
Just curious if the Planner works SOBO. It seems to assume a US/Mexico start. User error by me?...

Re: PCT CA Section C -- Good Idea In March? Recommen
snoopy_33 - Thu, Nov 29, 2018
Hey, thank you for the quick reply. The reason why I am planning this section southbound is that we stay in lower elevation as ...

Bear Canister. Where Do I Need It/send It To?
treeWoof - Wed, Nov 28, 2018
Where do I need a bear canister and where should I send it to? Where should I mail it home at? I understand a canister is requi...

Re: PCT CA Section C -- Good Idea In March? Recommen
stillroaming - Wed, Nov 28, 2018
March is cold, wet, snowy and possibly windy all along the PCT. Section C: + March is the 3rd wettest and 3rd coldest month of ...

PCT CA Section C -- Good Idea In March? Recommendati
snoopy_33 - Wed, Nov 28, 2018
Hi, being a new member here shortly introducing myself: I am living in Germany and want to try out hiking and trecking on sever...

Re: Kennedy Meadows
postholer - Mon, Nov 26, 2018
Yes, you can do a resupply from Kennedy Meadow Store. It is pricey and the selection limited, but mostly hiker centric food. -p...

Kennedy Meadows
benbrookes118 - Mon, Nov 26, 2018
Hi, I'm hoping to do a section hike this year from around Ridgecrest to Tuolumne Meadows. I was just wondering what sort of faci...

62% Of The PCT Has Burned Before Agua Dulce
postholer - Sun, Nov 25, 2018
From 2000-2018 62% of the PCT has burned between Mexico and Agua Dulce. That's 278 trail miles out of 448 trail miles! For the ...

Re: Bear Canisters/Food Handling In The Sierra
OldHiker - Wed, Nov 21, 2018
This is all about two things. The first is "the bear" and the second is "the human" and, it is in that ord...

Best Way To Get Your Permit Date???
OldHiker - Wed, Nov 21, 2018
So, in looking at the way the 2019 permits were handed out it appears that the best method of getting the date you want is to lo...

Re: PCT Thru Hiker Permit: A Convenience, Not A Requ
OldHiker - Wed, Nov 21, 2018
So, if I just get a permit starting on say January 1st (OK, I know that is silly so let's say the end of February), I can still ...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Day 7
TAT - trpost - Today
Be careful what you wish for. I had been looking forward to getting into a New Zealand forest, now I wish I hadn't. Today was the longest, hardest shortest distance day so far. I hiked 10.7...
Bigfoot Trail Or Bust
BFT - Coffearobusta42 - Sun, Dec 16, 2018
"All paths lead nowhere, so choose a path with heart." - DON JUAN inscribed at the top of the bulletin board at the timberline trailhead where climbers park and set out on the mountainee...
Puffy Jacket
CDT - SlowBro - Fri, Dec 14, 2018
OK, this all started years ago in September 2009. Thats when I ordered the BackpackingLight Cocoon PRO 60 Parka in red. Advertised as having the best warmth to weight ratio of any insulated ja...
"Old Man Winter"
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Mon, Dec 10, 2018
Well, here it is December and “Old Man Winter” is upon us. It won’t be long before it is OUR YEAR to hit the trail. Since I’ve been section hiking trails for the p...
Anish Calendar Triple
CDT - peru - Sun, Dec 9, 2018
Just reading comments on the Backpacker story of Anish's epic calendar year triple ( A fantastic feat. I have also met her in pers...
I Just Flew To New Zealand, And Are My Arms Tire
TAT - StarMan - Sat, Dec 8, 2018
This is turning into a Long Long couple of days. I think? I left on Friding morning and now I find myself sitting at the Auckland Airport on a Sunday. I think I lost a full calendar day. Showe...
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KKR - fireweed - Tue, Nov 27, 2018
I went on to Kyoto to do a two day walking tour there. I heartily recommend WalkJapan. I would never have gotten as much out of a trip if I had winged it on my own. My favorite walking was not...
Harpers Ferry , WV
AT - chaseat99 - Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Hard rain last night made up fur the good hiking weather yesterday. Took the long 0.4 miles walk way down to the Ed Garvey spring then went back in the woods ot of sight from the shelter. Deer...
Permit Day!
PCT - pwalsh53 - Wed, Nov 14, 2018
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......
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...
No Pain, No Gain
OTHER - tclough - Thu, Oct 18, 2018
Such a typical title. But that was really the extent of todays hike. Woke up early, only because I couldn't get comfortable last night. It dropped down to about 43 degrees, and even though ...
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...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Stepping stones at a typical easy creek crossing

Pensioner - PCT - Jun 3, 2015 - Day 62: Two Major Passes Today.
I was on the trail by 6:30 and made it to the top of Pinchot Pass (12,139 feet) by 8:00 AM. The trail up the south side was snowless, and the north side descent, while still encountering some snow, was the easiest of the three major Sierra passes to date. After a foggy start the day turned cloudless and warm, which melted snow rapidly and made for high water and difficult creek crossings. After one failed rock hopping attempt, which almost cost me a trekking pole, my new approach is to ford if in doubt of my ability to make the jumps!By 4:30 PM I was at the top of Mather Pass (12,096 feet). Typically, as the PCT approaches a high wall of peaks and passes, one can identify the actual pass well in advance by seeing the trail switchbacking up some of the final slopes, but Mather kept me guessing. The approach trail headed for a point almost equidistant between two passes and the switchbacks up to the pass were mostly across rockslides, with the actual trail cleared through the slides, often leaving an outer barricade of rock, like a parapet, which kept the trail hidden from below. Mather was an easy climb but a tough descent, second only to Forester Pass. The late afternoon snow was subject to postholing and continued surprisingly far down the north side. I tried to do as much rock scrambling as possible to avoid the snow, but the steep slope made for slow going. Once the PCT was finally snow-free, the rapid melting often made it a small stream itself. After 15.5 tough miles, I camped at the upper Palisade Lake (mile 819.2, elevation 10,860 feet) about 6:30 and pitched my tarp because it looked like the string of good weather days I've been having may turn to rain or snow overnight.

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