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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

Re: Report Of First Group To Make VVR
Trailmaster - Wed, Jul 11, 2018
Does anyone have anything more recent on the snow from Forrester pass to Kearsarge? Or crampons necessary?...

Re: Early Sierra Entry - False Information
Miner - Sat, Jun 23, 2018
While delaying entering the High Sierra for more melt off can make it easier/faster to go through there, it isn't going to make ...

Re: Early Sierra Entry - False Information
Slowlane - Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Nothing new here, just echoing the post By Washington I was walking with people who had left Campo a month and more after me, wh...

Re: CDT Planner Bug?
postholer - Wed, Jun 6, 2018
No bugs. The trail was rerouted in that area and the way points have not been updated for that new section. This is on my todo ...

CDT Planner Bug?
gremelts - Wed, Jun 6, 2018
I'm in the planning stage for a 430 mile hike from Butte to the Canadian border for 2019. Using the CDT Planner, I noticed that ...

Re: Postholer Snow Report - CDT
postholer - Tue, May 29, 2018
Yep, I couldn't agree more! The SNODAS model snow data has a resolution of 1km. You will always find a discrepancy, as in more ...

Postholer Snow Report - CDT
steelcranium - Tue, May 29, 2018
First Ill say the the modeling and new snow tool here is very helpful. It gives a more accurate feel for acrual of trail snow th...

Through Hike North Bound
Broken Arrow - Sat, May 19, 2018
I started hiking March 20th at the Mexican border @ Campo. The desert was the hardest hike I have ever trekked. Currently, I am ...

Re: 1 Month On The PCT
Winkle - Fri, May 4, 2018
I don't know about the specifics, but you should be able to explore a lot in 1 month. I'm jealous! I always wanted to do somethi...

Re: Section Hike
Miner - Fri, Apr 27, 2018
For estimating your daily mileage, you need to consider how light your total packweight will be, what your physical condition is...

Re: Section Hike
gg-man - Tue, Apr 24, 2018
If you have hiked any section of the AT then you will likely do higher mileage in that section than any on the trail....

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...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Change Of Plan
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PCT - JCH - Today
Our plan has been revised because of the fires in Southern Oregon closing the trail East of I5. We ae now planning on starting at Hwy 66 at Green Springs Summit. That will cut 45 miles off or ...
AT - impactmrj - Yesterday
The bed at the hostel was the bomb diggity! I slept great! Breakfast was a typical continental breakfast and I had a couple of muffins, a couple of hard boiled eggs and coffee! Sturdy and I w...
IAT Day 48
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IAT - buck30 - Yesterday
Heather reminded me something exciting did happen yesterday. Mid afternoon my cell phone data broke. What do I do without the internet!! I was getting a very strange Android message too. Many ...
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PCT - goldeneagle - Yesterday
Monday July 16, 2018 Another update on the “Charm” Hike: After careful consideration, Kyle and I have decided to start the “Charm” Hike where the PCT crosses at Hw...
Final Thoughts On Castle Crags To Cascade Locks
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PCT - Mquillin2018 - Yesterday
I'm sitting in Dragonfly, a cool little coffee shop at NW 24th and Thurman in Portland that is near N8's place. I want to provide some parting thoughts about what I've just accomplished and wh...
Day 107 Day Of A Thousand Ponds
PCT - mgundry - Tue, Jul 17, 2018
I was very tired last night and went to sleep quickly. I woke at 5:00 and had about five mosquitos hanging around the tent. 10 minutes later the swarm had too many to count. I packed everythin...
In Transit
PCT - bafrazier - Tue, Jul 17, 2018
Early rise to try to beat the Reno morning commute (nope, still stuck in traffic). Beautiful sunrise from the smoky wildfires! Lots of road work on Hwy 395 so took us longer to get to Lone Pin...
Smoke But No Fire
PCT - brianle - Tue, Jul 17, 2018
Today was a pleasant day for walking, with a few really nice, distant views, but also wildflowers, meadows, interesting rock formations, etc. A fair bit of climbing in total, 3370', but spread...
Rabbit Ears Pass/Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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CDT - lorenmauch - Tue, Jul 17, 2018
I have successfully hiked from Grand Lake to Rabbit Ears Pass on Highway 40. I hitchhiked 24 miles into Steamboat Springs for my sixteenth resupply. My resupply box is at the Steamboat Springs...
Finishing Hat Creek Rim
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PCT - LinO - Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Our morning hike continued with the rocky trail through scattered trees and scrubland. After a bit, we came to an area that made both Gadget Girl and me think of the old movies located in the ...
Chinook Pass
PCT - spectrum - Sun, Jul 15, 2018
We had great weather for this section of hiking in Washington State. There was no rush this morning to get up and get going. It was an easy 6 mikes to Chinook pass. At Dewey Lake the day hikes...
Zero Day In Darby
CDT - rlhdancer - Sun, Jul 15, 2018
Zero Day in Darby Our plan to eat a crazy large burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches at the Montana Cafe was thwarted last night by an early closing. Unfortunately, it meant only a si...

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Elderly Ellen - PCT - Jul 25, 2013 - Day 10
How many people get to see Wanda Lake looking like this? It rained last night then a cool wind blew thru, clearing most of the smoke and clouds. The moon woke us up in the middle of the night. At daybreak, the sky turned red from the remaining smoke. The peak glowed softly. The wind meant no reflections in the lake, but all the water we passed had a silver sheen.
We gradually climbed to Muir Pass, with its namesake hut. Along the way, we saw 5 ptarmigan (?) with furry white feet. I think it was mom and 4 kids, as one sat quite still as we got close.
Up at the hut, there were a number of messages and thoughts left by prior visitors. One was particularly poignant. A memorial booklet dedicated to the fallen firefighters in Arizona.
The rest of the day was down, down, down. We lost over 3000 ft descending LeConte Canyon. Much of the trail was steep, wet, and rocky. We passed several people we have come to know. People heading the other direction wanted info on the fire they were heading towards. Unfortunately, we really didn't have much to tell.
By lunch, we were at the ranger station. Still miles to go and more elevation to lose. The trail was in better condition.
We opted to stop a bit early. Probably should have done more miles. Tomorrow is a 4000 ft climb to get up Mather Pass. Not bad until you factor in the elvation, which always makes things tougher.
So we cleaned up, ate a good dinner, and will try to get a better nights rest.
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