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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. ...

Re: Trail Planner Assistance
postholer - Sun, Sep 3, 2017
If you check a box, then click update, it will remove that location from your plan. To add a location, select a location from th...

Trail Planner Assistance
Since1987 - Sun, Sep 3, 2017
Each line of the planner has a checkbox. What is that used for? I can select the line but I don't see a delete, add, insert, e...

Re: The PCT Ijn Winter?
Miner - Sun, Aug 13, 2017
A continuous section, 250 miles long, without any snow in winter doesn't exist. That said, you can road walk around some of the...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

Stoves - Light Up Your Life!
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AT - Swagman1956 - Today
I would like to stimulate a little discussion today and please, everyone, I am not endorsing any system over the other, I am just presenting the facts, experiences and thoughts about each cook...
Wet And Windy
TAT - aandg - Today
It starts raining in the night and we hear the wind in the trees but are well sheltered from it. We are up at around 6:00 and it is still raining lightly. We have muesli and banana in the tent...
Permit Process
PCT - daniel jacobs - Thu, Nov 16, 2017
Hello everyone i was waiting for the PCTA to open the permit window (Nov. 1 10:30 a.m.) once opened they gave you 13 minutes to apply or get knocked off Yes i got in and did my turn of getting...
Day 28 - Magical Skies And Surprise Magic
AZT - steelcranium - Wed, Nov 15, 2017
Leaving General Kearny Inn Motel Kirby, Righteous, Per and I got another shuttle from Carol - one of the volunteers on the list who had picked me up the day before and brought me to Kearny. We...
Re: Test Email Update2
OTHER - berickson64 - Wed, Nov 15, 2017
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 2:26 PM, Bruce Erickson wrote: This post is a test of the email posting function...
Nice To Be Out Hiking
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AT - chaseat99 - Mon, Nov 13, 2017
It's nice to backpack even if it is just an overnighter. I've been craving a longer hike. Woodelf and I stashed a car and drove to Keffer oak parking lot and walked to this camp @ 4.9 miles. A...
Journal Entry
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STT - Gorp-Gobbler - Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Over the next couple of months I'll try to upload some pictures of the equipment I'll be using. For now I'm going to see if I can upload a picture of the entire trail map, mainly just to see h...
Training Crown Lake
PCT - Brody - Sat, Nov 11, 2017
Got to the TH at 1:00pm made it to the top of Crown pass, the trail disappeared and I veered off course. While I was searching for the trail it started getting dark so I decided to make camp. ...
Post Trail Thoughts
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GET - Homework - Sun, Nov 5, 2017
Post trail thoughts: The good: -The biodiversity of plants and animals -Hiking through a string of gems -The alternate route options and descriptions on the maps (very well done maps and...
JMT Conclusion
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JMT - Miner - Sun, Nov 5, 2017
Overall, I was able to do the sort of mileage that I had wanted to and finished in 16 days after starting. Given that I started after 1pm on the first day and took an equivalent of 2.5 days of...
More Prepin'
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PCT - SwampFox6a - Sun, Nov 5, 2017
Been a very busy time for me since my last entry! I'm just finishing my 29 years of service in the Army with my retirement ceremony in mid-Oct. I have a few more months "on the books" until ...
Planning A Florida Trail Thru Hike
FT - Day-late - Sun, Nov 5, 2017
I will be hiking the Florida Trail this winter. Haven't got an exact start date yet but it will be around the first of the year give or take a week. Hoping to complete it in a little over 2 ...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus)

Jo - CDT - Aug 6, 2014 - Past Searle Pass To Stream At Long Gulch
Dawn came crashing down on us this morning, literally. I woke up at 5 a.m. but could hear the patter of rain on the tent and thought that there was no point in getting up until the rain stopped. I must have dozed, because the next thing I knew the wind was howling around us and both poles holding the tent up gave way, bringing the wet ceiling of the tent down on top of us. It was a very rude way to wake up. Kerry and I quickly righted our poles but the stakes holding them in place had come loose and it took us a while to locate them in the half light before dawn. We couldn't put them back in the ground anyway, the wind was howling. Kerry, the sailor, estimated we were in 40 knot winds with gusts up to 50 knots. For my part, it felt exactly like being on one of those old sailing ships when the seas rise and the captain yells, "all hands on deck" and inevitably someone gets swept over the side. I thought one more wind gust and we were going to be airborne.
Fortunately, this state of affairs, with Kerry and I hanging on for dear life, only continued for about half an hour. First, we noticed that the gusts began to subside, then the rain, then even the wind died and our world became quiet once more. It was eerie. Kerry got out and stuck the stakes back in the ground and we decided to get dressed and going as soon as possible because we were both very cold. It was 33 degrees and we were at 12,050 feet.
Neither of us had slept very well, waking frequently in the night to the sound of rain, then hail and periodic thunder and sheets of lightening that were so bright we could see them through closed eyes. On the whole, it was a little more excitement than we would choose to sleep by!
Once the morning squall had spent itself, the iron grey sky moved North and blue rapidly replaced it with a few high clouds, it was as though we had entered a new world, and we couldn't have been happier.
We started our morning walk out across the tundra toward Kokomo Pass, the wind still whipped around us periodically, but the sun on our backs mitigated the biting cold. From Kokomo Pass we mostly descended for several hours until we came to the valley where Camp Hale, a military base had been. There was a group of people working with what looked like survey equipment. Kerry asked a young woman sitting in a car what they were doing. She said they were military people looking for old munitions and that they were also evaluating moving a creek back to its original location from where it had been moved while Camp Hale was in operation.
I had been having déjà vu experiences since we left Copper Mountain yesterday. They weren't really déjà vu experiences, it was just that I had hiked this part of the trail last year when I was walking the Colorado trail. It was like seeing an old friend.
Going down the long valley we saw more displays of wild flowers and I thought to myself how wonderful it would be if a carpet could be created in all those wonderful shapes and colors. Imagine the room filled so! Once we crossed to the other side of the valley and started up to Tennessee Pass, we continued to walk through fields of flowers and lots of butterflies, especially the little black ones which move too fast for Kerry to photograph.
At Tennessee Pass, we were happy to use the pit toilets, but the huge treat came when we started up the trail and came to the Leadville Hostel Trail Magic Box. I don't know where our food goes, but I have been feeling hungry most of the time lately. The magic box was filled with snacks and drinks. I had Coke, which I have been thinking about for days, and Cheetos, which I never eat, but did they ever taste good. After eating these treats, I had lots of energy and even though it was getting late in the day, we walked up the Valley and the Long Gulch another 6 or 7 miles. Thank you, Bill and Katherine. I think I'll send you a note!
Moving on, the land turned to old granite mottled with moss again reminding us of the Sierra Nevada. We stopped by the stream at Long Gulch. There was a retired couple Barbara and Jim with their dog, Bono and they invited us to camp near by. They had just retired and were ambling along the Colorado Trail. They were in no hurry, would walk up to 10 miles a day. They spent the afternoons sitting in the sun, if it wasn't raining reading thick intellectual books. They were clearly enjoying themselves.
I went for water, lost my way coming back, walked through a marsh and ended the day with wet feet again. I was not happy about this. I had my heart set on waking up to dry shoes.
Dinner, tent set up and going to bed were mercifully uneventful. I lay down as darkness came and went to sleep watching the waxing moon.

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