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Recent Forum Posts

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

Apples And More Mud
TAT - aandg - Yesterday
The Bell bird woke me up at 5:45. lots of condensation in the tent. Oatmeal again with our hot drinks. We do get a view to the south briefly before the cloud envelops the summit. We pack up an...
Bear Canisters
PCT - daniel jacobs - Sun, Nov 19, 2017
well i purchased my canister today from WILD IDEAS they make the expedition which is nearly 16 inches tall and 9 inches round and can carry 12 days of food for a single person. weight 38 ounce...
Day 31 - Up Mt Lemmon, Down Mt Lemmon.
AZT - steelcranium - Sat, Nov 18, 2017
Saturday, November 18. Mile 594.4 to Mile 617.6 (Hutch's Pool) I broke camp at 4am and was hiking by 530am today. I knew after yesterday's hiking that my legs were pretty wiped out and that I...
Stoves - Light Up Your Life!
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AT - Swagman1956 - Sat, Nov 18, 2017
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...
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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Sunrise on the high plains.

DiscoDan - CDT - Jun 6, 2010 - Journal Entry
A great day of hiking.  I've decided of the two states I've been in thus far, Colorado is my favorite.  The trail in CO has been well marked and the trail tread has been very obvious for the most part.  Right now the CDT and the Colorado Trail are one in the same so we've been seeing trail markers and signs for both.  I'm not familiar with the specifics of the Colorado Trail as to where it begins and ends or for how long the two trails coincide with one another.  I do know the two trails will be splitting about five miles south of Monarch Pass but then rejoin further north.  At any rate both trails are great thus far.   We met Kathy at the CO Hwy 114 trailhead this morning for a resupply. Scheduled rendezvous time was noon but just as we were approaching the trailhead about 1030 or so who pulls up but Kathy. Talk about great timing!  We had our usual nice break with all the accouterments that Kathy so lavishly bestows upon us.  Once charged up and resupplied, Kathy was able to follow us for about a mile and a half so we could slack.  Good thing cause it was all up hill.  Once she got to the trailhead she could go no further so we had to once again don our packs.  But before we did we decided it prudent to put our pack rain covers on since all around us thunderstorms were brewing.   I decided to take it a step further and dig in my pack to get my rain poncho out and put into a side compartment on my pack so if needed it would be quick and easy to get to.  So picture this, I have my pack resting up against the right rear tire of the truck.  The poncho is somewhere in the main compartment of my pack but I have to take out the two gourmet sandwiches Kathy made in order to get to the poncho.  I put the sandwiches (which, by the way were individually wrapped and then put inside a gallon ziplock bag) on top of the rear tire.  No big deal right?  Wrong!  I proceed to move my pack around to the tailgate and completely  forget about my dinner.  As we stand and wave goodbye to Kathy as she backs up, all of a sudden we hear a BIG POP and I see the bag and know exactly what happened. Those poor sandwiches never stood a chance.  Imagine what two sandwiches look like after being run over by the rear tire of an F250 SuperDuty turbo charged truck.....yup, it wasn't pretty.  Not only did I loose my dinner but I felt absolutely terrible because Kathy had put so much effort into making them. Good ending, Abie gave me one of his two sandwiches for dinner.....Abie, what a guy!   After leaving Kathy and mourning the loss of my sandwiches, we had a number of peaks we had to go up and over, and you guessed it, more snow encounters.  At first sight, I thought I was going to have a hissy fit because guess what, I had left both my gaiters and hiking pole snow baskets back in the truck thinking “we’ll not run into anymore snow”.  Yeah, what the heck was I thinking...oh that’s right, I wasn’t!  Well, for today at any rate, the snow was not that bad and only lasted maybe 100yds or so.  Yes, I lucked out today but now I wonder what tomorrow will bring.   More afternoon thunderstorm activity shed a few drops of rain on us.  Like in the past, pack covers were on but we didn’t need to get the rain gear out, which is fine by me.   Over all another great day on the trail and I keep smiling cause I’m just one very lucky guy.   Cheers, Disco

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