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Recent Forum Posts

Recommendation For PCT Hiking Mt Hood OR
Button - Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Hello I was hoping to get some recommendations for the Mt Hood PCT area to do a little bit of hiking just before 4th July weeke...

Re: SOBO 2017
Svenderoch - Mon, Jun 19, 2017
I'm heading south bound with my girlfriend. We will be in Snohomish pass friday...

CDT Historical Snow Conditions 2004-2017
postholer - Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Here are the snow conditions for the last 13 years on the CDT. The graphs show SWE (quantity) and coverage. All data represents ...

PCT 2017 Snow Notes
postholer - Fri, Jun 16, 2017
We've put together a look of the 2017 sierra snow for this "Ray Day". It kinda put things in context, in case you didn...

PCT Factoids - All Passes And Gaps
postholer - Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Here are all the passes and gaps you'll find along the PCT. It is in south to north order with the 'Highest' column denoting how...

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
Hotdog - Sat, Jun 10, 2017
Thanks for the update. Hopen you are floating over the top of that stuff. Snow shoes that early needed?...

Re: SOBO 2017
ManOWar - Wed, May 31, 2017
Leaving on the 12th of June. Look for my snowshoe tracks... LOL....

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
ManOWar - Tue, May 30, 2017
I start heading for the Northern Term 6/12. NFS 5500 out of Mazama is plowed to Cache Creek. Snow beyond that. I'd like to tu...

Woods Creek Bridge Is OK @ Mile 800 PCT !!!
Steve_O_49 - Fri, May 26, 2017
SEKI had an incorrect report that the neat bouncy Woods Creek suspension bridge we all love was damaged at mile 800 of the Paci...

SOBO 2017
Mmmhmmmheinz - Fri, May 26, 2017
This forum doesnt seem to be to active but in any case here is a thread for 2017 SOBO's. Im starting out hopefully by mid June....

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
Mmmhmmmheinz - Fri, May 26, 2017
@hotdog Im watching levels myself also for sobo this year. I dont have a magic number but am just feeling out the warming trend...

Camping Near Souther Terminus
jduplass - Thu, May 4, 2017
Hi Friends - first post. Planning on arriving at the southern terminus at night (midnight-ish) in early June for a section hike....

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

Into Salida
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CDT - Day-late - Yesterday
Slept well and got up a little later than usual, around 6:30. It wasn't as cold last night as I was expecting and the rain stopped pretty early in the night. After packing up and just getting...
Hot Springs Trail Day 46
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HST - buck30 - Yesterday
We had quite the fun night trying to figure out how to fit 2 people into a 2 person tent. Recently we had acquired a new 2 person tent. Double walled, we are getting weak. Actually, we wanted ...
Day 37/38
PCT - -Ghost- - Mon, Jun 26, 2017
Well these 2 days didn't go as planned. After getting the bus back from Lake Isabella I climbed 5mi our of Walker Pass and was in some serious pain in my heel. It's been sore but it reached a ...
Planning An Itinerary
CT - Schaumamoi - Mon, Jun 26, 2017
Today I spent the day doing some itinerary planning for my thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. The first step was to examine all of the segments of the Colorado Trail of which I was planning to h...
Zero Day In Relaxing Creede
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CDT - rlhdancer - Mon, Jun 26, 2017
Zero Day in Relaxing Creede Last evening Two Step cleaned her wound and I was able to examine it as I reapplied her bandage. I think it was a little better, but this morning Two Step could on...
Post Trek Thoughts
PCT - CarlZ993 - Mon, Jun 26, 2017
I am disappointed that I wasn't able to finish my hike. But, I felt that I made the correct decision. My back acted up after Kennedy Meadows. It hadn't hurt since I got on the trail. I was...
Alcohol Stove Finalists...
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CT - Berk - Sun, Jun 25, 2017
The contenders! Very proud of my four little homemade alcohol fuel camp stoves. A simple project morphed into a months long part search, construction and testing phase, is finally complete! Th...
A Non-cooperative Toenail.
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PCT - snepp00 - Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Dutch:Gedurende de laatste dagen voor Kennedy Meadows was het heel erg heet, zoals ik al beschreef. En de trail had veel steile lange afdalingen. Dit terwijl m'n backpack erg zwaar was door de...
Back Together Again- Me And My Backpack
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AZT - SlowBro - Fri, Jun 23, 2017
It has been a couple of months since I shouldered my backpack. I have been dreading this moment for a week or so, but I knew I had to give it a try again. Hiking with weight on my back. I was ...
073 - Jun 22 - Paul C. Wolfe Shelter To Rockfish
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AT - ChrisCotts - Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Today sure wasn't a long hike, on account of the surprisining distances I covered the last 2 days, but it was ggreat to get to Waynesboro. Waynesboro is a terrific trail town, in and of itself...
Journal Entry
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PCT - Flame - Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Spent a beautiful adventurous week in the Sierras! Climbed up past the tree line, across high elevation snow fields, and saw deer, marmots, the moonrise, and glittering stars in the dark sky!...
Mile 1023- Harpers Ferry, WV
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AT - KenandNancy - Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Before leaving Front Royal we spent some time thinking about our hiking the green tunnel of the trail. It had become a drudgery that wasn't enjoyable for us. The anticipation of what each day ...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Conductor - PCT - Aug 29, 2010 - Canada!
Another cold night and morning! Just pass the spur trail to Slate Pass I saw buck. He was really skinny and didn’t look that good. However I did see two doe today that looked really healthy. Today was the day of passes! I crossed Buffalo, Windy, Foggy, Jim, Holman, Woody, Hopkins and Castle Passes. Climbing out of Holman Pass, I saw my first Spruce Grouse. It was windy and chilly again today. It started to snow on me again as I crossed Woody Pass, and looking North, I saw rain and snow falling in bands along my intended path and into Canada. That is right. I was finally looking into Canada! That reminds me of a joke:

When it was time to name Canada, the government was really broke. They could only afford 3 letters for the name. So, they took all of the letters in the alphabet and put them in a hat. The leader of the naming committee drew the first of the three letters and said, “ It is a C, eh”...

The trail after Holman Pass became increasingly rougher, and less well maintained. Also, It became less well marked at the trail junctions and there were no PCT signs on the trees to assure me that I was going the right way. The junctions at Hopkins Pass are not labeled at all, and neither is trail 749 at either junction near Castle Pass. I knew I had a long way to go today and it was really hard not to stop and eat huckle berries that I found in the clearings past Castle Pass.
I stashed my pack at little camp spot at 3.2 miles from the border, grabbed my camera, trekking poles and a couple of snacks and walked down to the border. Going down the final switchbacks I heard voices and hustled to get down their before those people left so that they could take my picture at the Northern Terminus. Who did I see, but Marmot and Trail Dog! I hadn’t seen them since Snoqualamie and I knew that they were going to bounce forward to Rainy Pass (?) to hike up to the border and finish their 2005-2010 section hike of the PCT. Today they were remarking that they were surprised that I had not caught them yet. Well I did, I guess, just at the last moment before they disappeared into C-land! After photos, Trail Dog helped me remove the top of Monument 78 to get to the trail register. That sucker is heavy. I signed in, bid farewell and then backtracked up to the camp where I left my pack. After setting up the tent and eating I was amazed at how tired I was. Yes, It was a long day, but I think that part of my tiredness was due to the emotion of finally getting to Canada. All I have to do now is a 65 mile leg from Kennedy Meadows to Crabtree Meadows and I will have done the PCT in sections from 2007 to present.
I slept with the netting open in my tent to increase air flow, and a mouse came into the tent! Of course, it panicked and instead of going out the front, it ran to the rear of the tent. I put on my gloves because I did not want to get bitten, and when I would try to catch it, the mouse would jump up onto the mosquito netting and then bonsai onto me, then jump back onto the floor of the tent only to jump back onto the mosquito netting. We repeated this several times until I moved to the side. On the mouse’s next jump it made it past me and then forward out the door of the tent! I zipped up the netting and decided it was better to risk condensation then to repeat that little rodeo!

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