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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

Re: Bear Can 'Dirty Little Secrets'?
Gary Schenk - Mon, Feb 12, 2018
Protecting human food from bears would still be needed in these areas and could be done with on trail bear boxes or food hanging...

New! John Muir Trail Pocket Maps
postholer - Mon, Feb 12, 2018
Introducing the John Muir Trail Pocket Maps! This is the most extensive map resource you will find for the JMT. 1 overview map,...

Re: Bear Can 'Dirty Little Secrets'?
postholer - Sat, Feb 10, 2018
Am willing to carry a bear can if absolutely required but it would be nice to know about other legitimate options! The interes...

Bear Can 'Dirty Little Secrets'?
Chance - Fri, Feb 9, 2018
Nice post on actual permit requirements. Is there an equivalent situation for bear cans? Seems like this is a camping problem,...

Re: PCT Permits: The Dirty Little Secret
postholer - Mon, Feb 5, 2018
The San Bernardino NF does not require a permit for that 10 mile stretch of trail, State Parks does. Again, don't bother, it won...

Re: PCT Permits: The Dirty Little Secret
Gary Schenk - Mon, Feb 5, 2018
quote="postholer"//www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=636 Please bother to get the permit. It makes us look good on the trail...

Re: PCT Permits: The Dirty Little Secret
postholer - Mon, Jan 22, 2018
Ironically, the restrictions in Cleveland NF are on dispersed camping, NOT hiking. By using the campgrounds you exceed the inten...

Re: PCT Permits: The Dirty Little Secret
gg-man - Mon, Jan 22, 2018
I love that graph on where permits are needed. I thought a permit was needed on both sides on San Jacinto State Park in the Wil...

Re: PCT Class Of 2018
postholer - Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Yeah, you should probably let one of those permits go. You won't need your permit until after mile 700, if you stay in a campgr...

Re: PCT Class Of 2018
kirninco - Sun, Jan 21, 2018
This possible permit loophole is making me consider forgoing my border-to-border permit and getting one (mi 152 on) that would p...

Re: PCT Class Of 2018
kirninco - Sun, Jan 21, 2018
quote="hike4lifejnd" --> Nervous about water sources still existing for The Desert Miles as well as stretches like Ha...

Re: PCT Permits: The Dirty Little Secret
postholer - Sat, Jan 20, 2018
The Forest Service doesn't require a permit for that 10 mile stretch of wilderness, State Parks does. Should you decide to bothe...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Out Of Ebro - Finally
FT - Day-late - Yesterday
Well I finally made it out of town. I got my food resupply box at the post office as soon as they opened and my shoes arrived around 2 PM. Upon getting my shoes I put them on an immediately he...
Food, Food, Food
AT - Karenharden58 - Mon, Feb 19, 2018
I spent this entire weekend with food/maildrop logistics and packing up boxes ready for my Sister Sue who will be my ultimate Trail ANGEL. I went through a ton of emotions I didnt expect. Th...
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AZT - 711 - Mon, Feb 19, 2018
OK here is my first attempt to send a journal entry by way of the audible function on my iPhone. I had to change the date to tomorrow’s date to make this work. Apparently you are only a...
I Have My Start Date!
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CDT - ntxmike - Sun, Feb 18, 2018
I have my start state set for April 25, 2018. I have made my shuttle reservation to Crazy Cook, bought my ticket on Greyhound, and I have given notice at work the my last day is in April. ...
NOBO Flipflop
JMT - FlatlanderTX - Sat, Feb 17, 2018
NOBO out of Agnew Meadows via Shadow Creek trail starting July 17, 2018. Our hope is to flip-flop section hike the entire JMT as permits allow. Shadow lake to YV in 2018. ~50 miles Agnew Me...
Postcards From Paradise #4
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AT - Swagman1956 - Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Weather for the last couple of days were wet and soggy. Yesterday the sun finally came out and I got my first real view of the splendor called the Natahala National Forest. Incredible. After a...
Over Anne Saddle And Down To Boyle
TAT - aandg - Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Another really bright starry night when I am up. I get up at 6:00 and after having muesli and tea then packing up and sweeping the hut, I leave at 7:20. This hut is situated in a large open ar...
I Should Be Committed
CDT - SlowBro - Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Heretofore I have talked the talk, but (until this last week) I had yet to actually commit to anything on this trail. That all changed when I registered with the CDT Coalition for a ride to th...
More Training
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PCT - mike-nancy - Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Training is getting easier. I've been out 5 times since my last entry. Still averaging around 10 miles per day. I completed a 15 mile day on one of the attempts. I'm feeling pretty good after ...
Questions?
PCT - windbreaker - Wed, Feb 14, 2018
I always get the same questions about my hike: 1. Are you going to bring a gun? Nope. I will have plenty of food so there is no need for hunting. 2. What about Bears, Snakes and cougars? I&r...
Shakedown Hike #1 Day 2
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CDT - xcellnet - Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Alarm went off about 5:45 didn't get out of the tent till about 6:15. Took about an hour and 2 cups of coffee to break down as I kind of milled around for about 10-15 minutes when I first woke...
"Equipment Swapping"
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Mon, Feb 12, 2018
I Think These Will Work I’ve been busy getting ready for my “Sheltowee Trace/Benton MacKaye Trail” hike and at the same time, doing more research on equipment and ways to li...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Gummy Bear - PCT - May 18, 2013 - Wrightwood For New Shoes!
Daddy's got a new pair of shoes. Just picked up my size 14 runners; I wore a size 11 a month ago. In Wrightwood, a lovely little trail town, and managed to slash my heel just tooling around. Damn.

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