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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

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...

One Week Hike
Storminnorman - Sun, Jan 6, 2019
First off, thanks for allowing me to participate. Im an easy coast hiker looking to go out for a week hike with my nephew late...

Re: Sierra High Route
postholer - Wed, Dec 26, 2018
It's not currently available through the app. It's a good suggestion. Let me look into it....

Re: Sierra High Route
Serafin - Wed, Dec 26, 2018
Does the Android app support/include the SHR topo map data? If so, can it also be used offline through the app?...

Re: Does The Planner Work For SOBO?
postholer - Sun, Dec 9, 2018
It's only northbound at this time. We may change that in the future....

Does The Planner Work For SOBO?
kayakpro - Sun, Dec 9, 2018
Just curious if the Planner works SOBO. It seems to assume a US/Mexico start. User error by me?...

Re: PCT CA Section C -- Good Idea In March? Recommen
snoopy_33 - Thu, Nov 29, 2018
Hey, thank you for the quick reply. The reason why I am planning this section southbound is that we stay in lower elevation as ...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Day 32
TAT - trpost - Yesterday
Schizophrenic weather, good day, cold, cool farm walk, pack problems. Got up at my normal time of about 6:45. It was cold, only 53. Decided to have breakfast at the cafe across the street, so...
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PCT - robwid - Mon, Jan 14, 2019
I've been paying close attention to the snow falling in the Sierra's. Our local Oregon weather forecasters say that the Sierra's are getting hammered but that doesn't seem to be indicated by t...
Baby, It's Cold Outside!
CDT - peru - Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Finally got around to trying out my Lightening Ascent snowshoes. Quite pleased, and I learned a fair bit on my first try. Among the lessons: 1. Making a snow angel in powder will fill a...
Start Of Another Adventure
PCT - Terminator - Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Another year of summer hiking. Life is good. So many choices with equipment this year. Go heavy at 9 pounds with the ULA. Medium at 8 pounds with old Golite Day pack. Ultralight at 6.75 po...
68 Y/o Male With Chest Pain And Shortness Of Bre
CDT - SlowBro - Fri, Jan 11, 2019
As a doctor the title of todays blog fills me with a high level of concern. Add to this description a family history of heart attacks, that the patient has high cholesterol, the onset of pain ...
Year End Summary Of Metrics (Distance, Speed, Et
CDT - rlhdancer - Sun, Dec 30, 2018
See the previous post for a summary of our impressions and memories of our 2017, 2018 CDT hike. We think you will find it worth reading. The current post you are now reading is a graphcal ...
Announcing My Planned Trip For 2019
OTHER - Day-late - Sat, Dec 29, 2018
My plans for this year are to kayak the Missouri River from the source to St. Louis. I've never done a real long kayak trip before so this should be interesting. I have done a week long canoe ...
"Shifting Gears"
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Tue, Dec 25, 2018
I’m “shifting gears”. The biopsy taken from the right side of my neck turned out to be a mild form of skin cancer. Yesterday (Dec. 21, 2018), I went and had it removed and ...
Planning For 2019
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PCT - Mquillin2018 - Fri, Dec 21, 2018
So, it's time to plan for the next 1,600 miles of the PCT. Whereas I'd hoped to accomplish more of the PCT in 2018 than I did, I've come to the conclusion that I walked as far as I was going t...
Bigfoot Trail Or Bust
BFT - Coffearobusta42 - Sun, Dec 16, 2018
"All paths lead nowhere, so choose a path with heart." - DON JUAN inscribed at the top of the bulletin board at the timberline trailhead where climbers park and set out on the mountainee...
I Just Flew To New Zealand, And Are My Arms Tire
TAT - StarMan - Sat, Dec 8, 2018
This is turning into a Long Long couple of days. I think? I left on Friding morning and now I find myself sitting at the Auckland Airport on a Sunday. I think I lost a full calendar day. Showe...
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KKR - fireweed - Tue, Nov 27, 2018
I went on to Kyoto to do a two day walking tour there. I heartily recommend WalkJapan. I would never have gotten as much out of a trip if I had winged it on my own. My favorite walking was not...

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DragonAnt - PCT - Apr 15, 2008 - Almost Ready
The last days were busy, relaxing and really overhelming. Last Saturday, I flew to San Diego and since then, Frodo and Scout are hosting me and a huge number of other hikers in their very nice house. They are so generous and helpful, they let us fully use their house, are cooking us tasty food and are driving us from the shops to REI and back to the post office. - Thank you so much!Without them, my preparations here in San Diego would have been extremely tedious and difficult. I have now organized my food that I carry out from Campo, and food that I am sending to Warner Springs. I thought that I had plenty of experience with composing food for hikes, but now, somehow, I am nervous of how much food to take (or how much I want do carry)! Should be ok now. Within few days, I will know what I need or long for; so for the next place where I will be able to buy food, that should be Idyllwild, I will know better.It was very motivating to be around people preparing for the same thing, sharing thoughts, comparing gear, taking decisions, not panicking....talking, chatting, getting advice from Frodo & Scout.My stuff that I send to The Saufleys in Agua Dulce is packed in a huge box (gear for the Sierra Nevada, DEET, guidebook sections). Frodo organized me a nice orange 5 gallon paint bucket that I use for bouncing stuff along the trail (first stop is Big Bear). And the last box is with two green Duffelbags that Sandra and I used last year in Nepal - nice memories!I planned to start the trail on Thursday. Though, now, I think of heading out already tomorrow!! Boxes are sent out this morning, last shopping done. And all the people I now spent some days with are starting tomorrow. It's great to start with good people. And I want finally to be on the trail, hiking! Ah, it's so cool.Final packing of my backpack, and then I will be ready to hit the PCT.  Few hours later, backpack packed. I knew already that mine is rather large, some say huge, and now is for certain that it's also one of the heavier examples. I'll be working on it - drinking and eating my supplies ;-), and also on my gear, for sure!

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