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Recent Forum Posts

Re: SOBO 2017
Svenderoch - Mon, Jun 19, 2017
I'm heading south bound with my girlfriend. We will be in Snohomish pass friday...

CDT Historical Snow Conditions 2004-2017
postholer - Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Here are the snow conditions for the last 13 years on the CDT. The graphs show SWE (quantity) and coverage. All data represents ...

PCT 2017 Snow Notes
postholer - Fri, Jun 16, 2017
We've put together a look of the 2017 sierra snow for this "Ray Day". It kinda put things in context, in case you didn...

PCT Factoids - All Passes And Gaps
postholer - Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Here are all the passes and gaps you'll find along the PCT. It is in south to north order with the 'Highest' column denoting how...

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
Hotdog - Sat, Jun 10, 2017
Thanks for the update. Hopen you are floating over the top of that stuff. Snow shoes that early needed?...

Re: SOBO 2017
ManOWar - Wed, May 31, 2017
Leaving on the 12th of June. Look for my snowshoe tracks... LOL....

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
ManOWar - Tue, May 30, 2017
I start heading for the Northern Term 6/12. NFS 5500 out of Mazama is plowed to Cache Creek. Snow beyond that. I'd like to tu...

Woods Creek Bridge Is OK @ Mile 800 PCT !!!
Steve_O_49 - Fri, May 26, 2017
SEKI had an incorrect report that the neat bouncy Woods Creek suspension bridge we all love was damaged at mile 800 of the Paci...

SOBO 2017
Mmmhmmmheinz - Fri, May 26, 2017
This forum doesnt seem to be to active but in any case here is a thread for 2017 SOBO's. Im starting out hopefully by mid June....

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
Mmmhmmmheinz - Fri, May 26, 2017
@hotdog Im watching levels myself also for sobo this year. I dont have a magic number but am just feeling out the warming trend...

Camping Near Souther Terminus
jduplass - Thu, May 4, 2017
Hi Friends - first post. Planning on arriving at the southern terminus at night (midnight-ish) in early June for a section hike....

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
ManOWar - Sat, Apr 29, 2017
I headed up to Kennedy Peak yesterday to bag both Kennedy and Levitt Peaks.... If you are doing the PCT (NOBO or SOBO) you bett...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

Towards Creede, No Snow
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CDT - Day-late - Yesterday
Woke up to a plesant surprise, the trail from Goose creek on had been cleared of blowdowns and was in good repair. This made the rest of this section a pleasure to walk. The trail followed the...
Zero Day In Pagosa Springs
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CDT - rlhdancer - Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Zero Day in Pagosa Springs The morning in town was focused on dealing with the truly inane US Post Office. Thank goodness they are no longer a monopoly. But though there are now other option...
Journal Entry
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PCT - Flame - Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Spent a beautiful adventurous week in the Sierras! Climbed up past the tree line, across high elevation snow fields, and saw deer, marmots, the moonrise, and glittering stars in the dark sky!...
Day 31/32
PCT - -Ghost- - Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Not much to report these 2 days. Decided on 2 zeros. Rooster and woodchuck and crew took another zero and I decided to join. Woodchuck sprained her ankle a bit so they're waiting to head out. ...
Mile 1023- Harpers Ferry, WV
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AT - KenandNancy - Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Before leaving Front Royal we spent some time thinking about our hiking the green tunnel of the trail. It had become a drudgery that wasn't enjoyable for us. The anticipation of what each day ...
Day 68
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AT - Journeyman - Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Good sleep last night, and a good breakfast this morning. Got an early start but had to go back to the hostel as I'd forgotten my hiking poles. I paid the driver $ 10 as he essentially made 2 ...
Hot Springs Trail Day 39
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HST - buck30 - Tue, Jun 20, 2017
We were walking by 5:20 am, Heather seems to have taken a liking to our upcoming town although she probably wouldn't have gotten up quite so early if it wasn't for me. We had an easy 9 miles i...
Harper's Ferry, West Virginia
AT - Voyageur - Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Got in at 8:30am Lots of running around town at first. Did a bunch of stuff at the motel. Talked with brothers and friends on the phone....
But, How Does It Really Feel?
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PCT - snepp00 - Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Dutch: Maar hoe gaat het nu echt.?. Dat is moeilijk te beschrijven. Ik zal een poging doen. 1: Het idee van een avontuur vakantie is al verdwenen. Het lijkt nu meer op werk. Canada moet bereik...
First Post!
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CT - Berk - Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Planning is underway for a great hike from Denver to Durango! Most of my gear is locked down, and my focus in the coming weeks will be on food and resupply prep. More updates soon....
More Hiking!
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PCT - SwampFox6a - Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Wow, been a while since I last posted. Squaring up my next longr trip for late July up in Washington and may squeeze a 2-3 day jaunt along the Mountain-to-Sea trail in NC. Trip in Washington ...
Hiking With Camera Equipment
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PCT - Dusty Roads - Sun, Jun 18, 2017
I want to take this zero day in Bishop to tell you about my experience hiking nearly 800 miles of the PCT with more camera equipment than 99% of other PCT hikers. The nearly 5 1/2 pounds of ex...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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on the Florida Trail

Chase - AT - Jan 27, 2015 - Gear
A couple of people have asked for a gear list. Here is a summary. I am using a well worn
ULA Catalyst back pack, when I no longer need winter cloths I would switch to the smaller ULA Circuit pack
Western Mountaineering 20* ultra light down bag less than two pounds
Xped Neo Air regular sleep pad 16 oz
Mont Bell bivi 9 oz
Jet Boil titanium SOL stove I think its about 11 oz long handled Sea to Summit aluminum spoon
Flash hoody down jacket
Flash down pants
Mont bell 6 oz down jacket
Fleece jacket 200 weight
Golight tights
patagonia silk weight top and bottom
EMS zippered v neck top
2 pair Darn Tough socks I will be wearing one pair of these socks and some other items depending on daytime weather
Running shorts, worn over tights or capilene as needed...rain pants are the only pants I carry
2 stocking hats one much thicker than the other
wind bloc pro balaclava
a couple of buff hats
touch screen light gloves, fingerless army wool gloves, thick thinsulate gloves
Rain wear: Marmot Super Mica jacket, REI elements rain pants, Rocky Goretex socks, Mountain Laurel rain mittens
Water: Sawyer filter, a couple of Gatorade bottles and a couple of Smart Water bottles, one pint size Nalgene serves as coffee cup or emergency hot water bottle
Electronics: Galaxy S5 phone amazing battery life in black and white mode, Anker 16000 mah E5 brick battery at 10 oz its as heavy as a brick but this is a luxury cruise, 5.5 volt 2 amp charger, headlight
Guidebooks:Guthooks AT Hiker apps, I love electronic gadgets, 2015 Data Book this is what I hike with when I take a break I jot the time down next to my position in the Data Book this makes it easy to judge location, travel time/miles. For Town planning and additional water spots I use both AWOL and ALDHA Companion and I have both in pdf format also.
Leki hiking poles, three folds of a Zrest pad for a generous sit pad.
Suunto altimeter watch, whistle.

I think that covers most of it by memory. I have packed 6.5 #s food for 4 days the last day being mostly Ramin. Mostly I am eating Mountain House freeze dried food and Lipton sides that has been repackaged into ziplock freezer bags. I do not care for the Liptons by themselves without doctoring them up. Last year I got to liking 1/2 a freeze dried meal and 1/2 a lipton noodle and rice side mixed together. Boiling water is poured into the ziplock bag with the food after about 15 min I eat from the bag, no cleanup and little trash and no food smell in my stove. I do not like STarBucks very much but I often use the Via's on trail for a good dose of caffeine. Lunch is about a pound of candy bars, peanut butter crackers, nuts, beef sticks, cheese, cookies that sort of stuff. Mostly I eat one of those items every hour and sit down for a few minutes.
Weather can be expected to be anywhere form 65* to - 10* day or night, rain, snow, ice, packed snow can all happen. Oh yea I have a pair of Yaktrax Pro for additional traction if needed...you can pretty much count on the Smoky mountains to be a sheet of ice until spring. April before last it warmed up to 4* before I reached Newfound gap it was awesomely beautiful. I walked the road down from Clingmans Dome because the road was closed and I knew the views were much better than from the trail.
All that and 20 oz of water leaves me with a 30# pack.

33 Years ago my brother and I set out on my first long distance hike. My brother had been hiking for years before this 300 mile hike. We packed pretty light compared to others in the 1980's carrying often in the mid thirties pounds in mid April. Using our army poncho shelter halves and Early Winters Sleep Inn bivi's and carrying ten days food at a time too.

Hey I almost forgot. I am also carrying a single wall Nomad tent. I an not just sleeping in the Bivi

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