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Planning
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Earthquake Maps - Recent earthquakes along the trail

Reference
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Elevation Profiles - Elevation profiles
Photo Atlas - 7,000+ flora and landscape photos geo-referenced.

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News - News specific to the trail
Report Bikes on the PCT - Document bike encounters long the PCT

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Fire Perimeters - Interactive map of active fire perimeters.
Snow Conditions - Current and historical conditions. Weather, too!
Snow Depth - daily update of NOAA snow depth map.

Recent Forum Posts

Re: North Vs South PCT 2015 June 1 Start
rferrari - Fri, May 15, 2015
I am in California, and have lived here all my life. With the other posts telling you to wait for a southbound trek, beware that...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
gg-man - Thu, May 14, 2015
Yes. There is lost no downside to starting in early to mid July. you will have plenty of time to do your hike and unless snowa...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
kiwi stu - Thu, May 14, 2015
Thanks for that GGman. I will have to make a final decision about 12 months out due to me getting leave from work. Do you think ...

Re: PCT And Public Transportation In California
rferrari - Thu, May 14, 2015
Of course it depends on the section of the PCT you are planning to visit. If you give me more info on the starting and ending po...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
gg-man - Thu, May 14, 2015
Unless you are limited to nailing down your start date way ahead of time, I would wait to see how the preceding winter turns out...

PCT And Public Transportation In California
claudebelley - Wed, May 13, 2015
Hi, I am Canadian (from Montreal) and I plan to do a small section of the PCT this summer (10 days in July). I will arrive in S...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
kiwi stu - Wed, May 13, 2015
Thanks alot for reply...exactly what i wanted to know. Mid to late June it is then Cheers Kiwi Stu...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
postholer - Wed, May 13, 2015
May will be way too early in a normal snow year. The pass through Echo Lake around July 5th. Personally, I wouldn't start from...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
kiwi stu - Tue, May 12, 2015
Hi everyone....Kiwi Stu here again. Is there anybody here who can help me with the start time question i have posted cheers stu...

Re: 30 Days To Campo
gg-man - Mon, May 11, 2015
Please don't take these comments as a statement on your abilities. One of the few people I have hiked any length of time with i...

Re: Class Of 2015
joshsmallbone - Mon, May 11, 2015
Jim, this is super helpful. Thanks for your amazing information and we'll take your advice. Really appreciate your time....

Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
kiwi stu - Sat, May 9, 2015
Hi There...Kiwi Stu here. I am an expat Kiwi from Christchurch NZ who lives in Brisbane,Australia. I can get long service leave ...

Recent Journal Entrys

Knee Issues
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AT - CodeWalker - Yesterday
Well, there is good news and there is bad news from my section hike from Springer Mountain to Dick's Creek Gap. I had absolutely...
Journal Entry
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AT - jimmyjam - Yesterday
Long day up pochuck mtn then across the valley and up the stairway to heaven.the second mountain in the distance is where we cam...
Gear Stuff
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CT - Ellen S - Yesterday
I posted the gear list. A few words... No tent, as that is Yeah But's job. He carries a 2-person Evolution by Big Sky. I just go...
This Hiker's Prayer
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PCT - qsquest 15 - Yesterday
Lord, you have blessed me with a sound body and been my guide in caring for it. I know without that this journey would not be po...
Day 53: Setting Up For Lone Pine
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Mon, May 25, 2015
The sun was in my camp by 7 AM, but people camped a few thousand feet below by the Kern River awoke to fog. Because the night ti...
Day 34
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PCT - stewart50 - Mon, May 25, 2015
Today was all about water, how much we needed to carry and how long we had to walk on top of it, now there's a trick very few pe...
Memorial Day
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PCT - bobk - Mon, May 25, 2015
Headed up to Sonora Pass for a jaunt on the PCT. This is the fourth year of drought in California with no snow in the mountains....
Lordsburg!
CDT - CiscoCombs - Mon, May 25, 2015
  Sometimes the best way to experience the world is to just sit and watch it walk by.    In today's episode our intrepid hik...
Hiking Solo
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PCT - maxmontano - Mon, May 25, 2015
Well I have to admit it was hard and sad leaving kevin in the hotel yesterday morning. We'd been planning this trip for years, a...
Did That Section
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AT - StarMan - Mon, May 25, 2015
Headed to Harpers Ferry. It's been a tough section, but I'm running about about three days ahead of schedule, even with ...
Hot Today
AT - chaseat99 - Mon, May 25, 2015
Very humid this morning but a great nights camp. A great big owl landed on a tree limb. He was so big it looked like a county ma...
First Hot Day In A While
PCT - MotherGoose - Sun, May 24, 2015
After a joyful reuniting with Nikki we finally went to sleep. Waking up early to make our way across the desert which got pretty...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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George Woodard, AKA "Billy Goat"

Rabbit Stick - PCT - Apr 21, 2013 - Billy Goat, The Legendary Pacific Crest Trail Hiker
From the Los Angeles Times, an article about the legendary Pacific Crest Trail hiker - "Billy Goat." "George is the name my mother gave me," he said.Billy Goat has hiked more than 32,000 miles -- which would have taken him around the world and a third of the way again. He has walked across the South and the Southwest, the Northeast and the West. He has crossed the Rocky Mountains on four occasions, twice in each direction. He has conquered the so-called triple crown of American hiking -- the Appalachian, Continental Divide and Pacific Crest trails -- multiple times.He has a wife, his third, and a home in Nevada. That is where George, the 69-year-old retired railroad worker, would live if Billy Goat cared to be George. Billy Goat lives more than 10 months of the year outdoors, drinking unfiltered water from streams, eating vacuum-sealed meals he prepares himself, sleeping under the stars without a tent. He carries what he needs in a backpack weighing less than 10 pounds."I'm not on vacation. I'm not out for a weekend," he said, settling in for the night under a fire-scarred tree next to a gurgling creek and surrounded by the rugged granite outcroppings of the Dome Land Wilderness. "This is where I live. When you do that, all the other trappings of life fade away."For six months of the year, Billy Goat's home is the Pacific Crest Trail, the 2,650-mile uber-trail of the West that stretches from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.He is a legend in the small but growing fraternity of ultra-long-distance backpackers, renowned for his stamina and trail knowledge and envied for a single-minded devotion to living outdoors. First-timers on the PCT inevitably hear about Billy Goat. They spy his signature entry in trail-head logs -- a red-ink stamp of a goat. Chance encounters are described in awed tones in Internet journals.I met the most extraordinary man just two days ago. . . ."He's the heart and soul of the PCT," said Monte Dodge, 50, who hiked the length of the trail when he was 19 and does a portion of it nearly every year. "It's his wisdom, his longevity -- the whole package. He's a modern-day John Muir."The resemblance goes beyond the hawkish nose, determined eyes and gray beard that Billy Goat hasn't tended in 13 years. Muir spent months at a time wandering the Sierra alone, carrying little more than a blanket, bread and tea as he developed his philosophy of the restorative power of nature on the human spirit."Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home," Muir wrote. On another occasion he observed: "Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts."Billy Goat has never read any of Muir's prose. But more than any scholar, he understands through experience what Muir meant.They head north each spring from a sun-baked wood marker in eastern San Diego County a few feet from a corrugated-metal wall along the Mexican border.An encampment of Minutemen, a citizens group that patrols for illegal immigrants, surveys the area from a nearby hill. The only sound is the clink of small metal squares attached to a fence paralleling the border that are engraved with messages denouncing illegal immigration. "This is sovereign America," one declares.The writings contained in a log book at the PCT trail head glow with anticipation. "It's like my life is beginning," one hiker hoping to make it to Canada wrote. "Scary, new, awesome!"Each year about 300 people attempt to hike the PCT in one season, generally April to September. Of those, about 60% make it -- fewer people than scale Mt. Everest in a year.It's a grueling odyssey through the stratum of the American West. From broiling deserts near sea level to snow fields above 14,000 feet. Along rocky ridgelines and through rain forests. Across swift, frigid streams and plunging canyons. In California, the trail zigzags through the Mojave Desert, the Sierra, Yosemite National Park and the southern CascadesPlanning a Pacific Crest expedition takes longer than the journey itself. Timing is everything: The desert must be crossed before it becomes dangerously hot, while the window for traversing the Sierra's snow is relatively narrow. A steady pace must be kept -- 20- to 25-mile days are the norm. Daily life is rendered primeval -- food, water, shelter and miles are all that matter. Small-town post offices and other resupply spots constitute stations of the cross for weary hikers.

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