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Snow Conditions - Current and historical conditions. Weather, too!
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Recent Forum Posts

Re: North Vs South PCT 2015 June 1 Start
dofdear - Sat, Apr 25, 2015
The WA SNOTEL facility is IMHO the best resource for both current and historical snow and water data. Believe Postholer uses tha...

Re: PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
stillroaming - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
...a single drop of burning alcohol fuel will ignite the soil causing the ground to morf into red hot lava. Bare dirt is highly ...

Re: PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
lacrose - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Yes thats right. After an area has burned leaving only dirt and some charred sticks a single drop of burning alcohol fuel will ...

Re: North Vs South PCT 2015 June 1 Start
dofdear - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Starting that early SOBO will be lots of snow. Do not let other people fool you. Recommend you use the tools on the Postholer ...

North Vs South PCT 2015 June 1 Start
Hohenhiemoflight - Thu, Apr 23, 2015
Hello everyone a longtime lurker but first time poster. I'm ready (I think) to tackle the PCT and am trying to figure out if I s...

Re: Bear Canisters/Food Handling In The Sierra
markv - Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Hi Snowmann. I store mine in the first convenient spot (like a depression or a place surrounded by downed trees) more than abou...

Re: PCT Factoids...
skD1am0nd - Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Excellent. Thanks for this info. Personally I love this kind of stuff. Now only problem is my girlfriend. She is sick of her me...

Re: Bear Canisters/Food Handling In The Sierra
Snowmann - Wed, Apr 22, 2015
For input from those of you using bear vaults, two questions: Where do you store it - how far from your tent? And, if a bear fin...

60.000 Journal Photos And Counting!
postholer - Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Today, Postholer journalists have uploaded more than 60,000 photos to their journals! This makes for some wonderful journal rea...

Re: Which Pack To Use?
stillroaming - Mon, Apr 20, 2015
5 lbs vs 1 lbs. Not really a choice! There's no way I would *ever* use a 5 lb pack, ever. Over the last 10 years I've used a 19...

Which Pack To Use?
Darthkev - Mon, Apr 20, 2015
I am starting PCT in a couple of weeks. I normally backpack with Osprey Aether (5lbs) but purchased a Golite Jam (1lb). Rest of ...

Section N
FIG - Sun, Apr 19, 2015
The trail in Lassen Park has a lot of trees on the trail. One 2.6 mile stretch had more than 260 trees that most of them you co...

Recent Journal Entrys

Only A Week Away
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PCT - maxmontano - Today
Well were only a week out from heading down to San Diego. Outside of a couple of projects around the house I think Im finally al...
Day 8, Day 9
PCT - hikerfaceplant - Yesterday
(23rd apr) DAY 7 ended at 112 (18 hike miles) DAY 8 mile 129 (17 hike miles) DAY 9 mile 148 (19 hike miles) Going well. Getting ...
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PCT - bobk - Yesterday
The wrapper on the trail bar says "A study indicates eating two bars a day helps prevent weight gain." Dang, that doesn't help m...
Day 19
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PCT - stewart50 - Yesterday
Today turned out to be a repeat of yesterday as the weather forecast was nasty and in our collective mature wisdom Willy, Little...
Warner Springs
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PCT - Russell - Yesterday
We left camp a little late, 7:23 am, but the trail was fairly level. Red Feather was making good time and just a little after 9 ...
Day 7 - Zero Day #2
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AT - CodeWalker - Yesterday
kATchup and I visited the AT Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park today. It is only open on weekends this time of year so I f...
First 100
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PCT - Red-feather - Yesterday
Being in southern cali. is so different than hiking in Washington. Instead of squirrels and chipmunks there are snakes and lizar...
I'm Built For Comfort
PCT - sawtooth - Yesterday
Call me a fair-weather hiker. With a weather forecast of low 40's, rain, and high winds, I carefully thought for about half a se...
Day 1 Goodbye France, Hello Spain
CDS - PeterS - Yesterday
Great day but a really tough start - baptism by fire literally. Anyway, I slept quite well except for a dose of cramp in both ca...
Neck Deep In Planning
PCT - JThikes - Yesterday
Due to the curiosity of friends, family, and cool random people I meet on the trail, I've decided to journal my PCT attempt this...
Last Pre-Hike Hike
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AT - jimmyjam - Yesterday
Yesterday was such a beautiful day I had to get in one last pre-hike hike so I grabbed my stuff and headed to the SNP. I did a l...
Easy Hiking Today
AT - chaseat99 - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
A half day off was nice. A whole day would be better. Rain may be moving in tomorrow (Sat) and Sunday even more likely. If Sunda...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Postholer - PCT - Jun 4, 2013 - Big Hill
Exhausted I crossed 13,200 foot Forester Pass this early afternoon. There was no snow to speak of on the south side other than the occasional patch. On the north side large swaths down to 11.4K feet had to be slogged through. Still, nothing like a normal year.

This morning we made quick work of covering the 14 miles to Forester, stepping across both Wallace and Tyndall creeks. In fact I haven't had to remove my shoes yet.

I was leap-frogging with Will and Roadrunner all day. Also I met Puma at the bottom of the pass who I haven't seen since Paradise Cafe.

After descending the pass I cooked lunch and turned on the rockets flying down the valley and up the hill getting close to Glen Pass for first thing tomorrow.

Nite. - in motion

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