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Six Weeks On The PCT 2018
streety - Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Hello all, The wife has granted me (after months of negotiation) six weeks on the PCT next summer. Can any suggest a good sec...

Planner Destination Suggestions
Swagman1956 - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Hello to Postholer and thank you for hosting this awesome site. It's a wonderful resource and am immensely grateful for your di...

Re: River Flows: Average Year, 2015 And 2017
postholer - Tue, Oct 10, 2017
The elephant in the room is, you don't know *when* the melt will occur on a seasonal basis. However, using a weather forecast yo...

Re: River Flows: Average Year, 2015 And 2017
gg-man - Mon, Oct 9, 2017
Have you been able to correlate the stream flow with melt rate meaning higher stream flows would show higher rate of melt at poi...

River Flows: Average Year, 2015 And 2017
postholer - Sun, Oct 8, 2017
So, I've been tinkering around with river flow data as it's sorely missing from the postholer site. The objective is to build a ...

Re: Is Any Of New Mexico Hikealble During Nov/dec?
skimaxpower - Mon, Sep 18, 2017
The area around Deming would probably be the best candidate for NM winter hiking. It's the lowest elevation section of the CDT. ...

Re: Trail Planner Assistance
postholer - Sun, Sep 3, 2017
If you check a box, then click update, it will remove that location from your plan. To add a location, select a location from th...

Trail Planner Assistance
Since1987 - Sun, Sep 3, 2017
Each line of the planner has a checkbox. What is that used for? I can select the line but I don't see a delete, add, insert, e...

Re: The PCT Ijn Winter?
Miner - Sun, Aug 13, 2017
A continuous section, 250 miles long, without any snow in winter doesn't exist. That said, you can road walk around some of the...

Re: Is An Ice Axe Truely Necessary
Miner - Sun, Aug 13, 2017
I think you should clarify where you were able to self arrest with just a pole. How steep was the slope? I've slide on more ge...

Is An Ice Axe Truely Necessary
Micko - Sat, Aug 12, 2017
Most gear lists are showing hikers sending an ice axe and micro spikes ahead to Kennedy Meadows for the Sierra - fair enough. Wh...

Is Any Of New Mexico Hikealble During Nov/dec?
barryjones335 - Sat, Aug 12, 2017
for now i can only afford 2.5 weeks in july/august and the same in nov/dec to do any real hiking. ive heard that parts of new me...

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Awesome Sauce
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AT - Swagman1956 - Sat, Oct 21, 2017
Over the years and miles I have become aware of two things. One every journey begins with an idea, then it is followed up with a step. Then another, and another, and another till we reach wel...
Towards Cotton
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GET - Homework - Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Day 35 Miles Hiked: 26 After a terrible night of sleep through the beetle-pocalypse, we begrudgingly woke up to hike. We got going at first light and filled a few liters of water from our ...
Day 1 - And Were Off!
AZT - steelcranium - Thu, Oct 19, 2017
3am the alarm rings and I crawl out of bed in a zombie like state. Making the last second decisions (as in - should I wear this pair or that pair of shoes, because there no bringing a second o...
AZT - Tom Weir - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Another day of travel. I got up early and walked the half mile to the Amtrak station to catch the Arizona Shuttle to the South Rim. While I was waiting for the bus, a young guy with a tiny pac...
Finisterre, And Finished
CDS - brianle - Fri, Oct 13, 2017
Another good day off yesterday, doing not all that much. We walked out of the church and lighthouse at the end of the peninsula, had a nice meal out (king prawns for me and shellfish soup - - ...
Next Hike
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PCT - tab - Fri, Oct 13, 2017
So, it’s been a while but we are now off on our next adventure. We managed the camino del Norte, the Portuguese camino, plus a few more miles in Oregon since the PCT. Now we are in Ne...
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PCT - Flame - Thu, Oct 12, 2017
Went on a scenic fun 1-night-out trip at Indian Peaks Wilderness with PCT friend Badass who lives near my sister here in Colorado!...
Finished And Heading Back Home
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JMT - Miner - Sat, Oct 7, 2017
I slept in till almost 8am. O’Dark’s iPhone suggested resturant turned out to be a Granola Crunchers type place with vegan and gluten free options. I wanted bacon and pancakes whic...
Preparations 2
TAT - aandg - Sat, Oct 7, 2017
While setting up my journal yesterday I noticed there is an app which says one can create daily journal entries when there is no internet access and then these entries will get updated to the ...
Reflections On Hiking The Arizona Trail
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AZT - SlowBro - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
It was in October last year when I casually mentioned to my wife that I was thinking of hiking the Arizona Trail in the spring of 2017. Without missing a beat she asked me when I going to star...
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HST - buck30 - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
BEAR CANISTER Contrary to what is noted in the guidebook you do not need a bear canister! You might need an Ursack though. There are 4 areas in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (SEKI...
The Gathering
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AT - chaseat99 - Wed, Oct 4, 2017
Made it to High Point State park and picked up or resupply box. Decided to leave trail and go to the Gathering. Went to Mosey's hostel due the night. She will shuttle us to cart rental and we ...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Found Outlet on Pole

Day-Late - CDT - May 9, 2017 - Hail To Pie Town
Had several bursts of rain last night as I slept. About every 2 hours
until about 3 or 4 in the morning there would be a short downpour. My tent
is very comfortable sizewise compared to the last one I had so the rain
isn't really a problem as long as I can get it set up fast enough not to
get the insides too wet.

Got up at my usual 6 AM. Packed up and headed out. As far as the days go
today was one of the least spectacular days, it was still nice transitioning
from high pine forest into lower sparsely populated juniper trees for the
majority of the hike. The thing that made today a bit special was the
weather. It is still very unpredictable and today was no exception, maybe
the best example of varied weather. It would go from warm to cold to back
to warm making the layering of clothing very difficult to get right.
After about 7 miles in I hit a great water source - an electric water pump
that the rancher has allowed us lowly CDT hikers to use. It had great
water and there was even an electrical outlet at the pump so I could charge
my cell phone while I was getting water. Every little bit of juice helps.
I drank down as much as I could - we call this "camelling up" at the water
source so I wouldn't have to carry too much. Filled some water bottles and
headed out.

The weather started changing as waves of clouds came through. Every hour
or so there would be a warm spell, a cold spell, a rainy spell, or a hail
spell. I had 4 times when I was hit by pea sized hail. It came down so
hard that the road turned white with hail covering. Once the cloud bank
moved on it would melt out and then a new sequence would start again. I
was really interested in just getting through and out of it so I just kept
pushing on and at around 4 PM I reached Pie Town.

The is a sort of Hostel here in Pie Town called the Toaster House where I
am staying. It is a house that this woman "Nina" lets hikers stay. It has
all the basics - beds, a shower, laundry. I don't have phone service here
but there is wifi down the road a bit. I just set up my phone so I can
make calls via wifi and will give that a chance tomorrow,
I was supposed to have a resupply package here but it wasn't here. I was
able to talk to my wife and she said it was delivered as she had a receipt
from UPS. Later after talking with her I realized I had it sent to a
different place so I is probably there and I will pick it up in the
morning. There is no store here in town and at least 4 days to Grant, NM
the next resupply option.
Cooked my last meal for dinner tonight as the restaurants all close by 4 PM
so I was too later for dinner. Looking forward to breakfast in the AM then
I need to find fuel for my stove.

Out for the night.....

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