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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

Re: PCT Auto-Updating Snow/Outlook Information
postholer - Wed, May 15, 2019
It's still alive and well. You can find it on the . It's called the 'Sierra Entry Indicator'. But, you won't like what it says t...

Re: PCT Auto-Updating Snow/Outlook Information
pmrgn - Wed, May 15, 2019
Some years ago you guys posted the actual calculation for Sierra entry. Any chance you could do so again? Thanks either way, P...

Re: PCT Auto-Updating Snow/Outlook Information
Terminator - Sat, May 4, 2019
ETA: Question deleted. After looking at the interactive graph the answer was obvious....

Re: PCT Planner Problem
postholer - Fri, May 3, 2019
Not a problem, it was designed that way! Yep, northbound only at this time....

PCT Planner Problem
DanteMM - Fri, May 3, 2019
Hello fellow hikers, After registering and navigating the site I have found that the PCT planner only allows northbound hikes. ...

Oh The Melt! May 1st Trail Snow
postholer - Wed, May 1, 2019
Here's an updated trail snow chart for May 1st. The melt has begun in earnest! Since April 1st the melt has had a noticeable im...

Re: CDT Planner Bug Related To The "Hiking Styl
postholer - Wed, Apr 24, 2019
It's fixed. Apologies for dragging my feet on that. Thanks for the nudging!...

Re: CDT Planner Bug Related To The "Hiking Styl
pspindler - Tue, Apr 23, 2019
Seems as though CDT planner is broken. Admin posted response to heads up Mar 6, 2019 but it's still useless? Any solution in si...

Re: PCT Thru Hiker Permit: A Convenience, Not A Requ
noraft - Thu, Apr 18, 2019
Thanks for this post. Based on what you've written, it seems that if one wants to sidestep the 50 permit a day cap (but still wa...

Re: Pacific Crest Trail Snow 2019
ajhm99 - Wed, Apr 3, 2019
It's all in the melt. That should be a thing. Slow melt, slide off the mountain. Big melt, drown in the creek. Vegas starting...

Re: Pacific Crest Trail Snow 2019
postholer - Tue, Apr 2, 2019
In 2017 the SEI estimate was maxed out, end of June. However, the aggressive melt negated that. And so it is this year. We have...

Re: Pacific Crest Trail Snow 2019
ajhm99 - Tue, Apr 2, 2019
Interesting and very helpful report. The one thing I was wondering was (if only for comparison) what the % trail snow number was...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Day 42, Waiting
PCT - bwofford - Yesterday
Weather has been awful from Cajon pass to Wrightwood, so I will finally get back on the trail tomorrow, especially as tonight is the finale of GoT. Swapped out the REI flash for my heavier, bu...
Day 41
UKT - PeterS - Yesterday
A short day today planned so that I could spend most of the day with my old buddy and get close enough to finish the Wales Coast Path tomorrow in Chepstow. We went out for a nice breakfast and...
Ready To Hike The Via Podiensis
CDS - brianle - Yesterday
My wife Ann and I are hiking the "Via Podienis", one of many pilgrim routes in Europe that ultimately end at Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. This particular route is I think the ...
Jons Journal: April 9 - May 18
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AT - Adrianaggraf - Yesterday
Jons JOURNAL Day One Book APRIL 2019 Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019, 7:23 AM EDT Started on mile 449. Went 21.5 miles ending in Damascus by Cowboy car wash. Ran into 8 thru hikers, 3 day hik...
Getting Excited
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PCT - Mary + Brooks - Sat, May 18, 2019
Getting excited. Trip starts in just over one short month! Have my equipment, have planned an itinerary, have been training twice a week with 2,000 to 3,000 foot climbs, and just now set up...
Colorado NOBO
CDT - Do4me - Sat, May 18, 2019
Planning on completing unfinished sections of CDT in Colorado, starting at Cumbres to junction with Colorado Trail, bailing out at Silverton, then picking up at Georgia Pass to Berthoud Pass, ...
Gatlinburg Mile 208
AT - slocum - Fri, May 17, 2019
Hiking Day 20: Departure time 8:00 am Activity: Backpack Woke up excited to see the highest peak on the AT. Clingmans Dome (6612 tall). We spent the night at Silers Bald four miles away. It r...
Day 49
AZT - Ellen S - Thu, May 16, 2019
Weather is once more expected with near freezing temps. Today was supposed to be partly cloudy with gusty winds up to 40 mph. This meant we could squeeze in a short hike before the rain begins...
Zero Day Big Bear Lake Vintage Lakeside Inn
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PCT - duncan - Thu, May 16, 2019
So the wind and rain have moved in as predicted. High wind warnings with gusts to 60 miles per hour on ridge tops. Note to sports fans - the PCT follows the ridge tops. I wear my rain jacket a...
CDT - SlowBro - Thu, May 16, 2019
The other day I was reading my friend Homeworks blog ( about a trip he had done last summer along the PCT. He described an encounter when he meet a hiker going the other way...
Mongollon Rim Trail Day 23
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MRT - buck30 - Wed, May 15, 2019
Weird I don't have much to say but it was one of my favorite days. We spent almost the entire day walking old roads and an old railroad grade through huge meadows. Although we were below treel...
Winston NM , Zero Day
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CDT - themtgoat - Wed, May 15, 2019
I camped out at the recreation Center, in Winston. Today had a hot dog for breakfast and iced tea, showers did laundry and found out that there is virtually no cell phone service in the area. ...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Homework - PCT - Aug 24, 2014 - 8/24/2014 Camped At Rock Creek, PCT Mile 2174 Guest Writer: Hank/Kelly
Join Homework on the PCT for 5 days? Sure why not. Not like I need/have the best shoes and lighter gear or anything. Join Homework for an awesome experience? Yes please! We woke at Trevor time (6:00am) and were joined by Rob over the Bridge of the Gods (very cool) and parted with Rob at Gillete Lake about 4 miles in. That's when the real fun started cuz up up up the hill of doom. Huckleberries and blackberries were natures treat and encouragement. We mused over the toxicity of a red berry that I'm still at least 75% certain is unripe huckleberries or something similar. And then we (I) slap-footed down to our beautiful campsite along Rock Creek. Only 3 blisters on the first day, not bad for 20 miles!

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