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Postholer Forums - Recent Posts

Re: Trail Planner
frito - Mon, Dec 4, 2017
Unsuccessful in accurately using the slide bar in the Planner. If I move it too far to "relax", it goes crazy and star...

Early Sierra Entry - False Information
postholer - Fri, Dec 1, 2017
Entering the sierra early is a choice not a necessity. It creates adversity. The odds of completing a thru-hike are against you....

PCT Class Of 2018
postholer - Sun, Nov 26, 2017
Well, let's hear for the PCT Class of 2018! Check in let us all know what's going on. If FB is your thing, which it probably i...

The AT Guide Webpage Gone Dark
Swagman1956 - Wed, Nov 8, 2017
Hello everyone, was surfin the web yesterday and noticed that AWOL's The AT Guide website has gone dark. Did the company go bel...

Re: Six Weeks On The PCT 2018
Terminator - Tue, Nov 7, 2017
Depends on when you can go and what type of trail you are looking for. I am either doing the whole trail or perhaps Lone Pine to...

PCT Maps Updated For 2018!!!
postholer - Mon, Nov 6, 2017
The Pacific Crest Trail Pocket Maps are updated for 2018! These are not 40 year old scanned USGS topo maps. This year was a ma...

Six Weeks On The PCT 2018
streety - Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Hello all, The wife has granted me (after months of negotiation) six weeks on the PCT next summer. Can any suggest a good sec...

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. ...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Here Goes Nothing! 105 Days To Go
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PCT - KLubs - Yesterday
Disclaimer: Its been a long time since I have journaled. There will be plenty of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors not to mention the run-on sentences with improper punctuation. Than...
A Little About Me
PCT - mgundry - Yesterday
Hi, I’m Mike and I’m attempting to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail. I say attempt because that’s all anyone can do. I plan on being successful and completing the entire...
New Shoes And A Quiet Camp By A Stream
TAT - aandg - Fri, Dec 8, 2017
A very warm night but we do get some sleep after everyone goes home for the rest of the night. We are up soon after 6:00 to an overcast day and we have no access to toilets until staff come in...
Weight Loss Program
CDT - SlowBro - Fri, Dec 8, 2017
I’m on a weight loss program. Not for me, but for my gear. I have carried a 13.5 pound base weight pack ever since I started long distance hiking. That 13.5 pound “base weight&rdqu...
Getting Around
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AT - Swagman1956 - Thu, Dec 7, 2017
Getting to and from town while on the trail can sometimes can be an adventure in itself. There are few thoughts every hiker should consider before sticking their thumb out besides the highway....
Grand Enchantment Trail
GET - ryandax - Thu, Dec 7, 2017
This spring I will be hiking again. I plan to hike the Grand Enchantment Trail (GET) from Phoenix to Albuquerque. Traversing the Sonoran desert thru the sky islands of the southwest I will hik...
Rain
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AT - chaseat99 - Thu, Dec 7, 2017
We finished up yesterday pretty early. It started raining shortly afterwards. It wasn't too hard to decide to go back to camp in the RV rather than the plan campsite a mile ahead. especially s...
A Little About Me
PCT - Brody - Fri, Dec 1, 2017
I grew up in Orange County California. The day I graduated high school I packed up my car and moved to Washington State while there a friend of mine introduced me to backpacking. We did a coup...
Flip-flop Complete!
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AZT - drewsmith - Thu, Nov 30, 2017
I completed the trail Oct 30 after starting at the Utah state line Oct 4 and hiking south. My trail journal is here: http://drewsmithblog.com/hiking/arizona-trail-2017/...
Got Permit!
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PCT - SwampFox6a - Mon, Nov 27, 2017
Got official notice from PCTA that my 2 April 2018 start date was approved! Also weighed out the pack and it is sitting about 14.5 lbs. May do some more adjustments to push downward, but feel...
Day 37 - Hiking With Jules!
AZT - steelcranium - Fri, Nov 24, 2017
Fri, Nov 24 Mile 675, E Marsh Station Rd (32.020660 -110.645672), to Mile 695.1 (31.873161 -110.708551) After a nice evening dinner with Amanda and Andy, Jules and I were up, in the rental c...
TA Days 41-42
TAT - tab - Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Days 41-42 Lazy start, ate Breakfast in the kitchen, Warm cereal,coffee,green smoothie , kombucha but that’s not enough so we walked to vegan cafe as we left town, It’s a L...

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Adventure Duo - PCT - May 3, 2007 - An Accidental Detour
Today was long and hard. We went up about 5100 feet over the course of the day. Things started off well - the sun was shining, we were hiking well, the landscape was all Sierran and beautiful. We got to a junction of the PCT with Cedar Springs Trail and somehow accidentally took a wrong turn. This new trail took us down a mile and a half of switchbacks, losing about 2000 feet of elevation in the process. At the bottom, where we were expecting to find a sign saying "Fobes Saddle", we instead found one saying "Pacific Crest Trail" 1.5 miles" with a little arrow pointing back up the trail we had just come down! It was quite unfortunate. So, we turned around and trudged back up the switchbacks, found the junction and carried on. When we finally did reach Fobes Saddle, around 1pm, we were quite please - Commander, Gottago, Stonedancer, and Ken and Marcia Powers were all there having lunch at the (minimal) water cache. We hung out there for awhile to eat and rest. After lunch, we continued to climb. The views were amazing. You could see back into Anza Borrego, to Joshua Tree National Park, and to many other sites we couldn't identify. The trail was pretty decent, although there was a steep drop off on one side, down which our camera accidentally escaped! Luckily no harm was done. Up in the saddles between peaks the wind was pretty intense - 50-60 mph gusts. Whoever told George the PCT was super windy was certainly right! The wind blew lots of mist over the ridgeline. It was beautiful to watch but also VERY cold. We hiked and hiked, hoping to catch Craig and Paul and Tahquitz Valley Trail, but ended up camping 1/3 of a mile before the trail turnoff because it was getting dark and cold. Our detour had turned the day into a 20 miler and we were beat. Eventually we got our tent staked out, ate some stir fry and went to bed.

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