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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

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...

Re: RPH-Tent Camping???
Gambit McCrae - Tue, Apr 2, 2019
There is plenty of grassy tenting space for 15+ tents. Chinese can be ordered from shelter. Pump is rusty water but spring/ cr...

Pacific Crest Trail Snow 2019
postholer - Tue, Apr 2, 2019
April 1st has come and gone and the It has truly been an interesting year. It was the 2nd snowiest year in the last 15 years ...

Re: One Week Hike
JoshuaMuse - Wed, Mar 27, 2019
Eagle Rock is an easy 15 minute hike up the 250 feet of elevation to the summit. Nice views and easy to access. Cave Rock on the...

Re: 2019 Thru Hike Looking To Get To Airport From Te
Thunderbolt_47 - Tue, Mar 26, 2019
Thanks for the tips and for the site! I was actually planning to walk the Pacific Crest Trail some day, but my wife accepted onl...

Re: Hikers For 2019. Rollcall
Miner - Mon, Mar 25, 2019
Well, I'll be out there starting in mid April using the other shuttle service. I'm just doing a section hike of the southern ha...

Re: Is Any Of New Mexico Hikealble During Nov/dec?
Thunderbolt_47 - Mon, Mar 25, 2019
Sorry for the necroposting, but I've hiked in the winter in a very similar climate (the desert in Southern Spain), and yes, ther...

Re: Hikers For 2019. Rollcall
Latecomer - Fri, Mar 22, 2019
The CDTA shuttle is dropping off some 180+ at Crazy Cook in April alone, so there's bound to be more than 3 of us out there. Ad...

Re: Section Hike
Thunderbolt_47 - Tue, Mar 19, 2019
And what about "uncommon" hiking "styles"? For example, I'm far from being the most athletic person out ther...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

A Lone Hiker Awaits The Time...
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CDT - themtgoat - Today
Long has the Winter been, with the rains and snows, the cloudy days, and seldom seen the sun. A lone hiker awaits the time again to put his feet on a trail rarely traveled. He awaits his turn,...
Day 10
UKT - PeterS - Yesterday
Today was a special one for our Aerospace Wizard group but I'll keep to the usual theme of chronological events. First, I got an email in response to my silly walkabout message from one of our...
Hiking Pole Heist
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AT - Adrianaggraf - Yesterday
4/18/19 Left from Devil's gap southbound to end at Allen gap. Hiked 2.6 miles and stopped at flint shelter for breakfast three hikers there packing up to get the day started. We chatted wit...
Not As Warm Today
AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
Some jerk hiked by after 6 am with his radio blaring out loud. I was sleeping real good. It was a little cooler during thr night. Nice hike over the ridges and down to the Tye river. On the d...
Predeparture Load Out
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PCT - duncan - Yesterday
So I have finalized my packing list and load out. I added a hooded super lightweight shirt made for fisherman that I think will do nicely on the trail. I have also added a 4 USB charger with s...
Austin
AT - slocum - Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Day 5: Departure time 8:20 Activity: Driving Got a quick breakfast and were on the road by 8:30. Along the way we met two bicyclists heading cross country. We shared some of our bag of tangeri...
Big Bear Lake
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PCT - robwid - Wed, Apr 17, 2019
To: myjournal@postholer.com From: robwid Subject: Big Bear Lake Well, I've completed 1/10th of the PCT by passing mile 260. I left the water faucet after Fuller Ridge and passed the excelle...
Another Zero Day
PCT - bwofford - Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Hung out all day, did laundry, showered again, picked up my first box at the P.O! Breakfast at the golf club with Whistler and Scooby. Backed up my photos with the restaurants wifi. Whistler w...
Complete 180 Degree Weather Change
AT - fireweed - Tue, Apr 16, 2019
The day was finally like spring--temps in the 70's. Very well graded trail into Erwin. It was dry and covered with pine needles, and felt like we were in the Sierra foothills. No Business Knob...
Day 27
AZT - Ellen S - Tue, Apr 16, 2019
We had nice sunset and sunrise from our camp on Hardscrabble. A few cows serenaded us in the distance. Up and moving at first light, starting with a short road walk to a utility road. The m...
Back To Civilization
AZT - tmcorcoran - Fri, Apr 12, 2019
Up and on the trail by 6:15 am. Shortly after leaving camp I saw a deer run by but I didn't have time to get a picture. The going was quicker on the not-so-steep downhill this morning. ...
Journal Entry
CDT - lonehiker - Fri, Apr 12, 2019
Would say that I am about 95% ready. Just need to box/label my maildrops and leave notes as to when my wife will need to mail them. Been watching a couple of CDT 2019 hiker vlogs but they are ...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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The official PCT commemorative medallion set in stone.

BassBoneBob - PCT - Jun 5, 2017 - Day 30 - Ascending To Hiker Heaven
Monday, June 5, 2017
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the PCT and my daughter Kaitlin!
KOA near m.444.3 to Hiker Heaven near m.454.5

Yesterday morning, June 4, I was a little slow getting packed up and on my
way, but was still on the trail at 7am for the fairly easy 8 mile hike from
the Ranger Station to the valley and an overnight stay at the KOA
campground near Acton, CA... a well earned Nero with WiFi, showers,
laundry, and a little store... you know the routine... Peter and I, along
with Nick, from Wisconsin Uber'd a ride to a big grocery store about 10
miles away. We bought a roasted chicken, a big vegetable salad, and a
bottle of wine... A feast for the two of us. We were the envy of all the
hikers back at the KOA eating their Ramen Noodles.

This morning I was up at 5:30am and was on the trail an hour later. Peter
had to hitch a ride into Acton to pick up a resuppy package at the Post
Office, but when he found out that they didn't open until 10 he decided to
have it forwarded ahead, to another town further down the trail so he
wouldn't have to hike in hot weather.

Hiking south, I crossed the railroad tracks and passed a PCT monument
commemorating the completion and dedication of the National Scenic Trail,
coincidently on this day, June 5, 1993. I made good time hiking up and over
the golden colored sandstone mountains of tall wispy grasses and rock
formations, all enhanced by the rich morning sun. Looking closer you could
see that the large exposed rock was impacted with smaller, various sized
rocks, all held together by the sandstone. It looked like the perfect
climbing wall with many hand and footholds. The trail continued climbing
higher with several switchbacks near the top, and over to the north side of
the mountain, where way off in the distance and far below was the trail
town of Agua Dulce... pronounced Ah-gah-way Dool-say, or Sweetwater....
home to Hike Heaven. I suddenly had good cell service so I sat on a rock at
the top of the mountain and called my daughter Kaitlin to sing her Happy
Birthday and visit.

By the time I said goodbye, Peter had caught up to me. We still had about 5
more miles down the mountain to a tunnel under CA 14, a 4 lane highway.
After passing through the triangle shaped tunnel we stepped directly into a
sandstone canyon sculpted by millions of years of wind, water, and severe
uplift. The rock was smooth with many small and large pockets and caverns
from the erosion, and later, huge slabs of rock turned up on end from the
folding of the earth crust. It was all a part of the Vasquez Rocks, a Los
Angeles County Park. Leaving the park, the trail followed the road directly
through town. We stopped at the Sweetwater Cafe for lunch where we met
several other hikers already eating.

At 1pm a big pick-up truck, the shuttle to Hiker Heaven pulled up and gave
us all a ride to the wonderful, amazing, home of the Saufley's, AKA, Hiker
Heaven... The ultimate in Trail Magic! Hiker Heaven was every bit as its
name implies... A welcoming place with everything thru-hikers could
possibly need at this point in the journey. The large backyard was filled
with at least 20 tents and numerous cowboy camping hikers, sharing the
space with free range chickens, roosters, several horses in a corral, and 5
dogs from a tiny chowahwah to a big yellow lab and other mixed breeds in
between. There was a computer tent with a charging station, an outdoor
shower, and a haircut station. There was also a lot of outdoor furniture
spread around the property for hikers to relax under large shade trees. I
turned in my dirty laundry and took a shower, then decided to go ahead and
buzz cut my hair... it felt great!

We were on our own for food, so several of us took the 5pm shuttle back to
town to purchase food at the store for the upcoming week, instead of having
a resupply shipped from home. Back at Hiker Heaven I noticed that there was
a grill for the hikers to use, so I also bought brats, bread, an onion, and
a fresh kale salad mix for our dinner. When we got back to Hiker Heaven I
fired up the grill for the brats, and they turned out good, just like I
make them at home... again, we were the envy of many hikers, who were
eating their trail food. In the spirit of giving, I cut up one of the brats
into several pieces and shared... even in small doses, it's fun being a
Trail Angel for my hiking friends!

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