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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

It Is Official!!
PCT - sb - Yesterday
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 - Yesterday
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...
Journal Entry
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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 ...
Its Happening
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PCT - Pacnwwolf - Mon, Nov 9, 2015
So it looks like this will finally be happening in 2017. A little past when I thought I would be hitting the trail but nonetheless it is happening. I will finish school well atleast the firs...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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View back over Cajon Pass from 7000 feet

Miss Potatohead - PCT - May 20, 2008 - Failure Is Not An Option
Yesterday I waited until 6 pm to start hiking. The wind died down as soon as the sun set, and as I hiked over into the hills, the moon rose. It cast a really bright light to walk by. I hiked until 9 pm, and I didn't turn on my headlamp until the very end, when I reached a jeep road junction and couldn't tell which was the PCT without seeing footprints. Soon after I found a water cache and one of the hikers I had roomed with in Big Bear camping nearby. I decided to settle down for the night, although I only did 6 miles instead of the 10 I had planned. This morning I hiked up into more hills, and when I reached the 10 mile marker (a road crossing), I realized it was just as well I didn't make it that far. There was no camping nearby, just ridges. The next few miles were pretty tough--another 1000-foot gain. I finally reached the ridge crest and ate lunch, in a shady spot with a few other hikers. The flies have been dive-bombing us all morning, and we got lucky: as we lunched the wind blew them away. This afternoon's 8 miles to the Guffy campsite was a nice light easy walk, in spite of climbing 2000 feet from lunch. We are sleeping at 8000 feet again. It was amazing when we went up from 6000 feet to 7000 feet, the temperature dropped, pine trees shaded the path--it was a welcome break from the sunny, exposed trail of this morning. One of the other hikers who is with us has a foot problem, potentially an injury, that makes hiking really painful for her, so tomorrow she will return to L.A., see a doctor, rest up--do whatever it take to get back on the trail. Ha-ha---yesterday at McDonald's an armed forces member stopped by our tables and told us how great he thought it was was that we were doing this, and how he thought it must be a little like basic training for desert survival--carrying lots of water, electrolytes, etc. He ended by telling us to us the motto that got him through it all: "Failure is not an option". I think most thru-hikers have to have a similar mindset. Either that or we're just not very good at remembering how miserable it sometimes feels out on the trail, so we just keep going when people with better memories would have stopped already.

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