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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...

Re: Section Hike
EvanGarber22 - Wed, Apr 18, 2018
Is that planner fairly accurate? That's what I used to plan it thus far but I just wanted to check and make sure....

Re: Section Hike
postholer - Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Check out the AT planner. It will show you average hike times by default. Choose your own start/ending locations and adjust to y...

Section Hike
EvanGarber22 - Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Hi guys! I am planning a section hike from the Delaware water gap (PA-NJ border) up to Massachusetts. The current estimate that ...

Re: Starting Daily Mileage For New PCT Hiker
postholer - Sat, Apr 7, 2018
The average hiker averages 20 miles a day over the course of a 152 day thru-hike, including zero days. Fewer miles in the begin...

Starting Daily Mileage For New PCT Hiker
a_rhodes2002 - Sat, Apr 7, 2018
Hello. I am in reasonably good condition and have some experience backpacking. What would be a good starting daily mileage for m...

1 Month On The PCT
cornestache - Fri, Apr 6, 2018
Hi everyone, i am new to this forum. I have been thinking of doing a 1 month stretch on the PCT. i was wondering if you had an...

Re: PCT Permits: The Dirty Little Secret
postholer - Thu, Apr 5, 2018
When you come down off the hill, cross the road into the park, follow a low fence that's on your right, you'll come to a water f...

Postholer Journals - Recent Entrys

Zero In Grants
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CDT - SlowBro - Today
Slept in until about six thirty then went over to Denny’s for breakfast. Cashmere was there so I had breakfast with her and then headed over to Walmart to pick up a few items. Ran in to Tick...
Day 1 Of Rain
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AT - Rosey - Today
As soon as I sat up, Audrey and Will’s dog started licking me good morning. My left eye was sore after it got poked by his tongue. Started raining while breaking up camp (also, felt like...
Walker Pass CG 651.3
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PCT - VanderVoon - Yesterday
Was going to pick up water and move on, but ran into some hiker trash that I hadn't seen in a while. During my visit some trail angels dropped off MRE stew, strawberry's,  baby carrots, brea...
Glass Half Full
AT - impactmrj - Yesterday
Shelter last night was nice! This lady talked and talked but once she settled down I slept well. It helps when there are two shelters next to each other, one for snorers and one for not!! Sput...
Cle Elum
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JWPT - sb - Yesterday
Only 8 miles to Cle Elum. Trail was off and on shaded with the increasing trees. Followed the Yakima River again today, with many feeder streams flowing into it. Got to Cle Elum about 11 am, l...
Days 10, 11, 12
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PCT - Rickreimer - Yesterday
So we are finally in Cabazon, took 3 days but we are well. Lots of climbing (almost to the top of San Jacinto). Idyllwild was great, stayed at a little B & B for 1 nite and went to a huge ...
Hiker Heaven
PCT - windbreaker - Sun, May 20, 2018
Today I arrived in Hiker Heaven. It's a camp run by some trail angels in a little town called Agua Dolce. Today Tim Bladen joined me. He started 2 weeks behind me and has been doing 30-35 mil...
Pre Trip Preparation
AZT - psmurf - Sun, May 20, 2018
Left Green Bay on 05 16 2018 on time. We plan on an ETA at Pine three days hence. There we meet Tabasco on the 20th and resume our AZT hike northward to Utah. Lonnie will be providing support ...
One Month
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CDT - StarMan - Sat, May 19, 2018
Found my first real water since the Gila! And it came with a grove of Aspens and birds for one of those perfect quiet moments. I’ve been on the trail exactly one month with over 650 mil...
"Blast Off"
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STT - Gorp-Gobbler - Sat, May 19, 2018
The entry right before this one said I'd be leaving May 12th. My ride forgot it was Mother's Day, so I didn't want him to be in "hot water", so I told him we better plan on going the followin...
Day 47 Bishop Zero 2
PCT - mgundry - Fri, May 18, 2018
I had a rough night with acid reflux and no tums, damn salsa and Chili Verde. I awoke in the morning (5) and started working on my late blogs while Lynn slept. We had breakfast downstairs and ...
Playing The Last Note
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OTHER - CiscoCombs - Thu, May 17, 2018
Although perilously close to the finish, we headed out from the San Antoine B&B after carb loading on their homemade waffles. We were on the edge of the town of Cahersiveen, having yesterday p...

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Stealth Camping at Little Pond Overlook

BevoHi - AT - Jun 29, 2016 - Day 102: Little Pond Outlook
I hiked 17 miles today with a 1761 ft elevation change in 8.93 hours .3 past Seth Warren Shelter, VT to Little Pond Outlook. At this point, I have hiked 1616.4 total miles averaging 15.85 miles per day (including 0 days).

Slick Willy

It rained last night. It rained quite a bit. I slept great in the Marriott last night. I didn't want to get out of bed. I slept in until 6AM. My first thought was "I don't wanna." It's hard to want to head back out after the creature comforts of a nice bed, flushing toilet, running water, elevators, and a concierge lounge with food already prepared. All that being said, this is a story about a guy trying to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. The woods were calling... And I had to go.

Before heading out, I did grab some hot breakfast from the concierge lounge. It took about 90 minutes to get to the trail where I left off 2 days ago. It was only a little bit dicey to get there because the road went from paved, to gravel, to dirt/mud. On the way up, we passed a road grater working the dirt road. When we got there, there were a couple of short section hikers passing by. We gave them some bananas left over from the trail magic 2 days ago. They were super grateful.

I started my hike about 8:50 today. I was only planning on doing about 12 miles today to get to a shelter, but I couldn't stop at 12. I went another 5 miles and ended up stealth camping at a view point called "Little Pond Outlook". This will leave me about 16 miles to meet my buddy from Texas tomorrow. Steve S. Is flying in and will arrive at the trail at about 5-6pm. I will have a lot of time to kill tomorrow with only 16 miles to hike. The real problem is that in this section of forest land, there aren't many road crossings. The next one after this one is about another 17 miles. I can't do 33 miles tomorrow, so this is the only place to meet Steve.

My hike today was mostly solo. I'll detail all the human interaction I had on the trail today. I met two Northbound section hikers with 2 cars. They had done the trail before but were doing it in sections this time with 2 cars. They would leave one at the South end of a trail section and then drive the other car to the North end and slack pack back to the Southern car without a backpack. I'd do the whole trail that way if I could.

I met a kid named White buffalo. He started his SOBO hike from Mt. Katahdin 29 days ago. He hasn't taken a 0 day yet, but this gives me hope that I could possibly finish earlier than I planned.

I stopped at a shelter for lunch about 8 miles into my hike. I used the 5 star privy and found two ATC members at the shelter looking it over for any issues. They also brought some "duff" for the Privy. Duff is wood chips to cut down on the smell in the privy.

Another kid named Uncle stash showed up at the shelter. He is doing a Flip flop from Harper's ferry.

At the 12 mile mark, I stopped for water at a shelter. I met a guy by the name of RootBeard. I chatted with him for a while. He is 30 years old and works as a sound guy in North Carolina for bands like the Foo Fighters, Avett Brothers, Zachary Brown, Hootie and Blowfish. He started in February and had a bunch of slow days in the beginning. He is now highly motivated to be done with the trail and wants to try to finish by the end of the first week of August.... About August 8th or 9th. This may be doable if you are motivated enough. He has lost his trail family as well and is hiking solo. I proposed that we could help each other finish together if I can catch back up to him when Steve S is done hiking with me. We exchanged cell phone info. I did hike with him for about 2 miles at the end of the day. He was going to push on to the Goddard Shelter, but that would really leave a super short day for me tomorrow. I decided to stealth camp while he did another 4 miles this evening.

I set up my hammock near the overlook and cooked my supper at the overlook. Yes, I had my favorite: Thai Green Curry with chicken... The real stuff from HEB.

I also received a great text video from Pack 784 in Colorado. Five cub scouts all said, "You can do it Bevo" in unison. That was amazing uplifting to receive tonight. Thanks for sending it Daryl. I look forward to meeting those guys in their Troop 214 uniforms next year.

The plan for tomorrow is to get to the road crossing and meet Steve S. about 5PM. I'll sleep in and take my time hiking stopping for breaks at each shelter.

Since there wasn't much to talk about today on the trail, I thought it would be a good time to share a conversation I had with Secret Agent about a month ago while we were walking on the trail in Virginia. It goes something like this: We were hiking all day and when we do that we talk and come up with crazy ideas. This was my idea on how Slick Willy could get a 3rd term as President of the United States.

1. Hillary wins the nomination for the Democratic Party. (This is pretty much done at this point)

2. She runs with Bill as her running mate.

3. She wins the general election.

4. She get indicted on her e-mail scandal and goes to prison.

5. Bill takes over as POTUS.

6. Bonus credit though of later: Bill pardons her from her crimes.

Now, the big question is: Can he serve as president again? It may seem obvious that he can't run for president for a 3rd term, but what if he was VP and became the president? Food for thought...

First: I had my first hope of finishing before August 14th. I am stealth camping alone tonight. I haven't seen anyone in 4 hours since I got here.

Equipment: My watch died again. I'm without a watch now.

TMI: clipped fingernails

Life is stealth camping at an overlook all by myself.

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