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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

2019 Mega Hike Starting Feb 2019
Jemazzy - Wed, Feb 6, 2019
2019 Mega Hike Via CDT PCT PNT ATC AZT and e few we may have forgot! Will these guys make it the whole way?? Follow us and see. ...

Re: Two Questions About Late August Sierra PCT
mountainlogic - Tue, Feb 5, 2019
Miner, thanks for the thoughtful reply. Great advice. Id totally forgotten about the low county. Its been 35 years since I hiked...

Re: Two Questions About Late August Sierra PCT
Miner - Tue, Feb 5, 2019
I hike in the Sierra every year for 2 or 3 trips. I normally wear trail runners that have a lot of mesh and no water treatment a...

Two Questions About Late August Sierra PCT
mountainlogic - Tue, Feb 5, 2019
I'm going to be hiking from Donner Pass to Walker Pass starting on August 11th. I usually make about 25 mile full days travelin...

Re: 2019 Thru Hike Looking To Get To Airport From Te
Terminator - Thu, Jan 31, 2019
Kern transit will get you to Bakersfield and from there Amtrak to LAX...

2019 Thru Hike Looking To Get To Airport From Tehach
Valdyr - Mon, Jan 28, 2019
So... Go my permit had my dates set, best friend is now getting married so I will have to get off trail for a week. Based on Sc...

RPH-Tent Camping???
austibd_65 - Fri, Jan 11, 2019
Hello All, Can you tent camp on the NY RPH Shelter property if the shelter is occupied?...

Re: Arizona Trail Digitized Topo Maps
postholer - Tue, Jan 8, 2019
Actually, that would be pretty easy. It's something to think about should we do another iteration. The only downside is to have...

Re: One Week Hike
Storminnorman - Tue, Jan 8, 2019
Thanks for the information. I think the Lake Tahoe area will work nicely. It gives a pretty good distance and resupply. I apprec...

Re: Arizona Trail Digitized Topo Maps
ClemRz - Tue, Jan 8, 2019
I'm new to ATA and Postholer. I have to project to hike the AZT (Arizona Trail) by sections across 2019 so I registered to the A...

Re: 62% Of The PCT Has Burned Before Agua Dulce
markv - Mon, Jan 7, 2019
Pretty fascinating map, especially for someone who's been out there multiple years. Later i would think "was this really a...

Re: One Week Hike
markv - Mon, Jan 7, 2019
First, PCT miles go faster than east coast miles. If you do 100-140 in a week in the east, on the PCT that would translate to 1...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Winter Backpacking Trip #2
CDT - WFO50+ - Yesterday
Leading up to this trip on the Quehanna Trail in north central PA (same location as trip #1) I watched the weather forecast closely, and to my surprise there was no snow forecast. After the l...
The Desert Trail: XC And Water
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DT - buck30 - Sun, Feb 17, 2019
This trail is going to be hard. Well, actually this "route" is going to be hard since there really isn’t much trail. I shall hypothesize how this came to be. As far as I can tell, Steve ...
Valentines Day
CDT - SlowBro - Fri, Feb 15, 2019
Valentines day was this past week and I am reminded that 50 years ago I asked a young woman out on a date. We were in the collage choir together and I stood next to her and knew her name was N...
Gear Review The BIG Three
PCT - mgundry - Sat, Feb 9, 2019
I’m a bit late on this but for what it’s worth here I go. ULA Circuit 68L pack: I liked the size and fit of my pack. I don’t like to use a camel-back for water so the side...
The Perfect Thru Hike
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PCT - robwid - Thu, Feb 7, 2019
To: myjournal@postholer.com From: robwid Subject: The Perfect Thru Hike I’m guessing that most thru hikers hope that they will be able to hike from border to border without detour. If t...
Farmer And Longjohns - PCT Hiker
PCT - gatorgaunce - Thu, Feb 7, 2019
I will be thru-hiking the PCT northbound this year 2019. This journey has been three years in the making and I finally was able to get the right date on my permit! Born and raised in Kansas, m...
It's On - 2019!!
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PCT - Mquillin2018 - Tue, Feb 5, 2019
Well, it is on; PCT 2019. Another year in my quest to turn suffering into a personal art form. I am now the holder of a long-distance PCT permit for the 2019 season, which allows me full acces...
River Day 7
TAT - trpost - Sun, Feb 3, 2019
Up this morning after a mixed night. Apparently Arnaud and I snored enough to make Pauline get out her ear plugs, which woke me up. Then when I was trying to quietly leave to pee, the bolt on ...
Plan Coming Together
CDT - lonehiker - Sat, Feb 2, 2019
Was able to finally get into the CDTC website and reserve my shuttle to the border. So the following are my transportation plans and official start date: 16 Apr. late afternoon pick up re...
Grand Enchantment Trail 2019
GET - ryandax - Thu, Jan 31, 2019
Another year and another hike in the pipeline. This time it will be the Grand Enchantment Trail (GET) traveling eastbound 750 miles from Phoenix to Albuquerque. I am pleased to announce that m...
Journal Set Up
PCT - duncan - Tue, Jan 29, 2019
Alright, getting setup with Postholer for on-trail journaling to update family and friends. Struggling a bit with posting gear list. We'll get it all locked down. At present, I've pretty much ...
PERMIT
PCT - bwofford - Sun, Jan 20, 2019
Got my permit! Leaving April 8, 2019. Excited to start, nervous about planning and being fit enough. I've been training on Mt Woodson on a trail that is 11 mile long and 2000 ft elevation, and...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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D & Kat at Burnt Ranch CG

Censored - PCT - Apr 27, 2009 - Day 2- Bathroom Break
DETAILS: Woke at 6 am, started hiking 6:30, stopped hiking 6:30. Cool day- high 70. GEAR: How are the Sandals working out? I'm pretty sure I'm going to trade in my sandals for my shoes when I get to my bounce box in Warner Springs (109 miles from the Border). The sandals have NO support, so my feet and calf muscles are working over time, I found a new muscle on the outer front of my lower leg- D says it's the anterior tibialis (sp?). My feet have no blisters, but I can tell I'm much slower in sandals than shoes- I'm averaging 2 miles/hour throughout the day. On the Wonderland Trail I did 2.8-3 miles/hour. Bandana is a must have! Skirt is lovely, perfect for quick peeing on the trail but when I sit for a break I'm afraid of flashing someone, so jury is still out on the skirt.MY DAY: I was pretty tired last night and I'm having a rough time sleeping because my Ridgerest Thermarest doesn't give me much cushion. I'm having restless sleep and I'm cold at night- I keep sliding off the foam pad. So I woke this morning and looked at my watch- Holy Crap! It's 8 am!!! I better get going. I'm not a fast hiker so my plan it so walk long days to get my miles in. So I go to the bathroom and pack up and I'm hiking by 8:30. And EVERYBODY else is still sleeping. D hears me and says good-bye. I walk by AmericaCorps's tent and she's not roused at all. I'm sore, I'm exhausted, but I've got to get going. I see Cog and Lake Street starting out early too but they pass me. So I get down the trail and I look at my watch and it says it's almost 9 am, but it's not letting me get a temp reading for the morning- what's wrong with my watch?! Oh My Gawd!! It's on Minnesota time-mode!!! I switch to regular watch mode and realize it's freakin' 7 am!! I woke at 6 am!!! No wonder everybody was still sleeping. I kept walking and at 10 am I stopped and took a nap on the side of the trail. Eventually, D showed up with Hitchhiker (23 female). D stayed and Hitchiker kept walking. I had a hard day today. By 3 pm, I was dragging, and just focusing on walking- hust keep walking, just keeep walking (like Dora from Finding Nemo)...I pulled out my trail mix and ate while I hiked. Later when we stopped for dinner and D caught up with me (she stopped for a bathroom break) she says, "Were you eating trail mix with blue m&m's?" Yeah!!, I said She says, "I knew that was you! I'm walking up the trail and I'd see these blue m&m's every so often, but nothing else but blue m&m's" Drifter & FUBAR later say they saw them too. (I know I dropped more trail mix, so I have a theory that desert critters are frightened of blue m&m's, and eat everything else and leave the blue m&m's). We stopped for dinner at Long Creek Canyon (which means nothing to people who don't know the trail), which is 3 miles before where we camped at Burnt Ranch Campground. I was wiped by the end of the day, it was cold up at 6000 feet at Burnt Ranch, so I told D that she shouldn't be surprised if I get up in the middle of the night and move to sleep in the bathroom. She says, "Should we just make our camp in there?" Well, yes...why we should, what a great idea! That's how cool D is- what other chick would be game to sleep in the bathroom with me. (it was really clean and so warm at 65 degrees, with no wind). My sisters won't be surprised when I say that I'm cold- so very cold.Other Hikers: I hike all day with D- she's becoming a fast friend. I worried about missing AmericaCorps. We were hoping to hike together, but I heard she was doing a short day. I hope to see her further down the trail. At camp were: Israel (female), Germany (female), Seattle (35 male), By the Book (55 male), Cog, Hemlock. 

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