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Re: Section Hike
postholer - Wed, Apr 18, 2018
If you are forthcoming about your hiking style and are accurate with your zero days it will be very close. The cool thing is, y...

Re: Section Hike
EvanGarber22 - Wed, Apr 18, 2018
Is that planner fairly accurate? That's what I used to plan it thus far but I just wanted to check and make sure....

Re: Section Hike
postholer - Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Check out the AT planner. It will show you average hike times by default. Choose your own start/ending locations and adjust to y...

Section Hike
EvanGarber22 - Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Hi guys! I am planning a section hike from the Delaware water gap (PA-NJ border) up to Massachusetts. The current estimate that ...

Re: Starting Daily Mileage For New PCT Hiker
postholer - Sat, Apr 7, 2018
The average hiker averages 20 miles a day over the course of a 152 day thru-hike, including zero days. Fewer miles in the begin...

Starting Daily Mileage For New PCT Hiker
a_rhodes2002 - Sat, Apr 7, 2018
Hello. I am in reasonably good condition and have some experience backpacking. What would be a good starting daily mileage for m...

1 Month On The PCT
cornestache - Fri, Apr 6, 2018
Hi everyone, i am new to this forum. I have been thinking of doing a 1 month stretch on the PCT. i was wondering if you had an...

Re: PCT Permits: The Dirty Little Secret
postholer - Thu, Apr 5, 2018
When you come down off the hill, cross the road into the park, follow a low fence that's on your right, you'll come to a water f...

Re: PCT Permits: The Dirty Little Secret
gsamelon - Thu, Apr 5, 2018
Where is the appropriate place to camp at Lake Morena area that is not considered dispersed camping and not in the pay-for-use R...

Re: Semptember Sierras- November?
postholer - Tue, Apr 3, 2018
That sounds like quite the hike, but probably not safely doable. The sierra will be absolutely awesome in September. But given ...

Semptember Sierras- November?
SamPeck1 - Tue, Apr 3, 2018
Hey everyone- One of my friends and I are currently planning a 1000+ mile hike on the PCT for this coming season. Because of sc...

Re: PCT Class Of 2018
RoadrunnerDan - Sun, Apr 1, 2018
I didn't know about the loophole with the Campo start. My original Campo start was 5/25, but I figured it was way to late to hi...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

In The Beginning
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OTHER - CiscoCombs - Today
So we really started today. Took a bus into Dublin City Center so we could transfer to a bus to take us out of the City Center and back out to Marlay Park 7 miles from city center. We made it ...
Moving Journal
PCT - Philippe - Today
Dear all, I am closing this journal as it is too unwieldy. For those who wish, you may continue to follow my journey on Chers tous, je vais fermer c...
Day 20 Little Bear Spring Camp
PCT - mgundry - Yesterday
My natural alarm woke me before the one set on my cell phone. I was able to get eggs, bacon and toast at the hotel before I left to meet my ride. I met my ride and proceed to the trail. There ...
Criminal Minds
AT - impactmrj - Yesterday
Last night I slept pretty well, I just had to pee three times!! Woke up it was pretty darn cold. I think being in the bowl valley next to the big stream made it colder. I hit the trail by 7:45...
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PCT - no-nail - Yesterday
snow Our snow is melting and in the Cascades the snow depth is still piling up, great!!!Just coming back from a stroll with my dog on a beautiful warm Sunday morning in Switzerland.It's about...
TAT - aandg - Fri, Apr 20, 2018
I sleep in until 10:00 - clearly still on NZ time! I try boosting the van with our other portable battery but still not even a light when the ignition key is turned. I pump up the tyres on the...
T-Minus One....
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PCT - Mquillin2018 - Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Time grows short. Everything that can be done has been done. Resupply Central has taken over our living room (see photo), and the angel that is my bride Jill is fully invested in this and comm...
Chores In Moab
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OTHER - Blankhiker - Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Today is just for chores but I thought I'd list some info for Moab in case anyone wants to visit too. We've never benefited from posting info other than "paying it forward" for the others who'...
Two 20's Back To Back
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CDT - SlowBro - Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Well, today I finally reached my training goal of doing 20 miles one day then getting up and doing 20 more the next day. And, I lived to tell about it. I am definitely tired, but I’m pre...
PCT - windbreaker - Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Melinda and I fly to San Diego tomorrow and then Sunday she will drive me to the monument to start the adventure. I'm feeling really excited but also very anxious. My pack is ready for the f...
Lighter Is Wiser!
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STT - Gorp-Gobbler - Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Everyone that backpacks knows that "Lighter is Wiser". I'm always trying to find ways to lighten my load in order to have a more enjoyable journey. I just recently purchased a Thermarest "Neo...
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AZT - Squarepants - Fri, Apr 20, 2018
I made it to Pine on time! Rabies shot number 3 awaits in Flagstaff (~120 miles away) in 3.5 days, so i am rushing out of town shortly. This will be a brief update. This last stretch was amaz...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Brown's Shelter

John Deer - PCT - Aug 13, 2010 - Diaper Rash In The Lava Fields
The other title of the day was "On Top of Old Baldy".

The day started with a descent to Grizzly Creek followed by a 6 mile climb almost to the summit of Old Baldy Mt - kind of appropriate isn't it? Grizzly Ck had been deemed polluted so their were only 2 other water sources between Klum CG and Fish Lake. There was a good spring half way up Old Baldy and an actual well with a pump at Brown's Shelter.

It was another day of crossing lots of roads, very few views, and shady relatively easy trail. It appears people use much of this part of the PCT for cross country skiing in winter based on all of the blue diamonds tacked to trees almost 15' up in the air.

I met 2 south bounders, 1 north bounder and 3 women on horses packing heat. That led to one of those songs that just stick in your head all day:

On top of Old Baldy
Where hair does not grow
I met three cowgirls
Packing heat, don't you know.

I hoped to make it closer to Fish Lake today but the terrain going around Brown Mt was slow going - pumice and lava rock with some dirt and trees. The lava areas were like an oven and the sweat set off my diaper rash. Too much information? I found a teeny flat dirt area in the middle of the lava fields and called it a day. I hope the cortisone cream works its miracle overnight.

Then I had my embarassing moment: I was changing clothes and people walked by. I am afraid that the Walking Sisters saw a full moon. Color my face (and my butt) red.

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