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Recent Forum Posts

Re: Water Filtration Vs Purification
stillroaming - Thu, Nov 26, 2015
The is probably the most popular filter on the PCT these days. The only complaints I heard about it was the plastic bags tend t...

Water Filtration Vs Purification
Warnervale - Thu, Nov 26, 2015
Looking for some local knowledge here folks. Planning a PCT hike in 2016. Sorting out my hydration plan. Would like to know if j...

Re: The Donald (PCT 2012) - Update
Anders - Mon, Nov 23, 2015
I'm sorry to report that Donald died on October 24th, in Nanaimo. See...

Re: 2016 South Bound Pct Thru Hike
AutumnLeaves - Sat, Nov 21, 2015
Hi Heartattackhiker, your starting date at Hart's Pass sounds very good to me. I'm confused why it will take 8 days to be back...

Re: More Permits Due To Wild This Year?
Khrolar - Thu, Nov 19, 2015
I'm sure there is some relation, becuase I had thought about doing the PCT for the last 2 years. But it wasn't untill I actually...

Re: Coming From Overseas
Warnervale - Thu, Nov 19, 2015
Hi Kasey, Hi Dean, I'm doing my first US thru hike on the PCT in 2016. Been doing lots of research of forums, PCT resources and...

Re: Start Date - Kennedy Meadows
Warnervale - Thu, Nov 19, 2015
I will be on the PCT in 2016. By my schedule you will definitely strike some of the 'herd' from party. The advantage of start...

Re: 2016 South Bound Pct Thru Hike
heartattackhiker - Mon, Nov 16, 2015
hi autumn I'll be setting off from harts pass on jun.15 to reach the northern terminus. then set off again from harts pass on my...

Has Anyone Done A SoBo Chunk From Cumbres In Decembe
whancock - Sat, Nov 14, 2015
Hi, I'm new to this. I'm wondering if anyone has done a late (December start) SoBo chunk hike on the CDfrom Cumbres Pass? Thank...

Re: Guns, Dogs, Ammo...oh My!
LaGrangePoints5 - Fri, Nov 13, 2015
I drove up and down I5 this summer stopping at trail crossings to greet hikers. Once I met a young woman from New Zealand at Ca...

2015 Season Has Come To A Close....
North 350 Blades - Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Wow, now that was a busy 2015 maintenance season here on the north 350 miles of the PCT. With the low snowfall in the PNW, the ...

Re: Guns, Dogs, Ammo...oh My!
stillroaming - Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Both topics are so polarizing folks tend to avoid them like the plague. If you want to learn more about 'dog maintenance' check...

Recent Journal Entrys

The Date Has Been Set For Coming Home
PCT - cburt2 - Yesterday
Casey has a definite homecoming date and time set. She'll be arriving at SEATAC at a little before 9PM on December 8th. I (Momma Donna) am really looking forward to seeing the whites of her ey...
It Is Official!!
PCT - sb - Thu, Nov 26, 2015
Its official!!!!! This month on friday the 13th (lucky day!!!) I put in for a Leave of Absence from my job so I can thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Today I got the paperwork back, it was ap...
PCT - BrassHandles - Thu, Nov 26, 2015
It's never too early to start the research phase. Although my start date is as far as 4 years away, I'm starting to research resupply strategies and waypoints. This is a never-ending battle th...
PCT 2016, Here We Come...
PCT - Forrest - Wed, Nov 25, 2015
For those of you who followed our journal this year, I would like to provide an update. I (DeAnna/Ranger) will be heading back out in March 2016 to hopefully complete the entire PCT. Althoug...
Getting Close
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PCT - KatScratch - Mon, Nov 23, 2015
I have officially shifted from feeling like there is too much time to feeling like the clock is ticking down. I still have a few pieces of gear to obtain. I need to get maps and my plant tic...
Decision Decision
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PCT - mike-nancy - Sun, Nov 22, 2015
Nancy and I are going to continue training in 2016 and Alaska in 2017. We weren't able to hike this year that would prepare us for the PCT. We plan to do two or three section hikes in 2016 and...
Youtube Video Upload Process Finalised.
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PCT - kiwi stu - Sat, Nov 21, 2015
After much research and a few false starts my process for uploading videos from my Gopro Camera into my Youtube channel whilst on the trail is now finalised after much testing. I have a iPad M...
November 18, 2015
AT - pprovost - Wed, Nov 18, 2015
November 18, 2015 Wednesday Day 159 Miles about 2189 Miles left: zero!!!!!!! Days left:0 We had a fun and diverse group in the Hawk Mountain Shelter, 2 other thrus:Frostbite and CoinT...
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AT - Tjb02141993 - Mon, Nov 16, 2015
I'm at Hawk Mountain shelter, 8 miles from Springer! Can't believe it's my last night out here. Felt a little tired toward the end but had a good last full day of hiking. Tomorrow I'll finish ...
This Is It
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PCT - nottryingbutdoing - Sun, Nov 15, 2015
This is it! I am announcing my super fun trip coming up in 2017. I am hiking the PCT. Yes sir I am! One step at a time. I hope that this year plus will give me the time I need to research and ...
Camino. Last Day
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PCT - stewart50 - Sun, Nov 15, 2015
A leisurely start to the day as we didn't have far to walk so we're able to enjoy breakfast and hit the trail at 8.30 and in another one of those wonderful coincidences that seem to happen on ...
Day 129
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AT - Jrichards - Tue, Nov 10, 2015
I got up and got my breakfast out. It could have been any other wet morning where I was going to hike 20 miles and then stop at a shelter or tent, see some views and some viewless views along ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Looking SB at our campsite

widmanc - CDT - Aug 3, 2010 - Notch Day
We woke early ready to tackle the missing miles from yesterday but quickly realized that it wasn't going to happen and we weren't going to make it to Winterpark today. The weather was much improved and after enjoying totally amazing views from James Peak, we changed our arrival in both WP and Silverthorne thanks to excellent cell coverage. We had enough food for another day on hand (a planned back up meal). This was a good decision because we spent the rest of the day (albeit a short one) dealing with the "Notch". Thank the Goddess it wasn't raining or wet rock! It is a good thing I love heights but I didn't enjoy the tough scramble with packs. We spent a nice lunch on a grassy bench between rock scrambles looking at the great view eastward.  Rich found the crucial route we needed after many false approaches that were complicated by numerous cairns that lead to nowhere. After this class 3 scramble (including down-climbing with our faces to the rock face) followed by the STEEP grassy ascent (faces to the grass - aka The Crawl) showed us how puny our Virginia lungs still were. The Notch is now one of our standards - as in "is it worse than the Notch?". We were watching the afternoon weather closely as we were off trail cross country navigating. (Maybe instead of bush-whacking it was tundra-whacking - I do feel bad about stepping on all the amazing tiny flowers but there is no trail.) Anyway, we also wanted a hot dinner so we stopped very early btw Mt Bancroft and the passes before Parry Pk.   Again the Neos saved the day on our lumpy camp but I took second blood by kneeling on a sharp rock semi buried in the tundra. Rich was my medic but forgot to kiss the boo-boo! The imminent rain/fog quickly passed making us feel like slackers but the map and descriptions didn't indicate a better place to stop further on that could be reached in the next hour or so. We enjoyed a nice hot dinner amongst the alpine flowers at/about 13100 feet - yes a new camp elevation standard for us. Later that night I woke when the tent slapped me in the face in a giant gust of wind! Rain and hail and gusts had us holding onto the tent cross braces for the next hour - Rich guesses some of the gust were over 40 mph! After clearing I noticed a glow thru the tent and at the 2am pee trip outside I realized the glow was actually the lights from the Front Range cities (Denver). And can you believe it, another gusty storm hit again at 330am? It was a very long night. We could hear the jets overhead as they approached Denver International and they sounded like they were going to land on our heads.  Again, another amazing day on the divide.  We got to do, see and feel things new today!Trail notes: See above rant about cairnage in the Notch. Suggest following Wolfs Notch description over Leys suggestion to follow cairns. Official CDT route diverges at James peak so no signage, trail or frequent cairns til Mt Flora. We got water from snow field runoff below Mt Bancroft. We hear old snow (pink stuff) needs to be chemically treated and not just filtered. Carolyn's Phrase of the Day - "That's where we are supposed to go? Really? Rich POD - "Yes, really"

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