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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...

The PCT Ijn Winter?
barryjones335 - Fri, Aug 11, 2017
is any decent sized section of the trail passable during late november into december? the dessert maybe? i have to section hike ...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

And Were Off!
AZT - steelcranium - Yesterday
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...
Call Of The Trail
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AT - Swagman1956 - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
The only thing that has basically kept me from just throwing up my hands and say "I give up" and circum to the ravages of chemo-radiation therapies has been the prospect of continued high adve...
Day 30!
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GET - Homework - Sat, Oct 14, 2017
Day 30 Miles Hiked: 17 We woke up on top of Sunflower Mesa, after enjoying a clear night with the Milky Way wrapping overhead. We packed up our cowboy camp and headed out into the crisp mo...
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...
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 ...
The End!
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PCT - Flame - Tue, Oct 3, 2017
Well I made it to the end! Thank you friends and family for your support all the way! Couldn't have done it without you! Much love! :) I hiked 2,115 miles on the PCT this year, and wow, it'...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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All or Nothing - PCT - May 8, 2011 - Day 9
So, as predicted, today was a very slow and relaxing day. I slept in late and wasted time journaling and reading. I finally got moving around noon and kept my eye out for a good place to wash some laundry. Luckily after only a few miles I came across San Felipe Creek and spent 3 or 4 hours just washing, cooking, and napping. I wish that had been the end of my day but around 4 or 5 the wind started to pick up and droplets of rain pattered on my backpack. I've never hiked or camped in the rain before so it gave me a chance to test out my rain gear and rain fly. I discovered that ponchos are extremely difficult to get up and over your pack when you're alone. You need an extra set of hands to wrangle the damn thing over the hump of the pack, haha.
I also discovered that washing clothing on a cloudy day is a bad idea. My long pants were still wet once the rain hit and so would have been no use to me as protection from the cold. Ah, yet another life lesson learned. As the sky grew darker and the wind persisted I decided that it would be best to hunker down for the night a little earlier than usual. It always takes longer than expected to set up the tent and I figured it would be best to not risk getting chilled. Safety first, right?By the time I crawled into my tent I was already starting to shiver, and it didn't help that my damn long pants remained wet and hung out to dry all night. Sleeping in shorts just doesn't cut it. Once again I am happy I spent the extra money on a fabulous down quilt. This thing has kept me exceptionally warm every night on the PCT. Once I huddled under it I started to warm up immediately, the shivering stopped, and I was feeling mighty cozy! Another piece of gear I'm loving right now is my fleece balaclava. It's basically a soft ninja mask I put over my head every night to keep my face warm. It looks silly as hell, but luckily no one sees me wearing it. :) I swear I'll never go back to sleeping mask-less again!Well tomorrow I'll do my best to make a quick stop in Warner Springs (I say "quick", but going into town is NEVER quick) to pick up food and then I'll be back on the trail. I hope that by not taking a day off I will catch up to all the other hikers. Being alone out here is spooky! Until tomorrow!

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