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Recent Forum Posts

Help Returning To Snoq Pass Upon Reaching Stevens
TheProfessor - Thu, Jul 30, 2015
Would any kind soul agree to help transit me from Stevens back to my vehicle at Snoq near the end of Aug? Donations for gas and ...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Wed, Jul 29, 2015
Thank you for the information. I'm currently working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. It doesn't leave a lot of time for researc...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
postholer - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Ok, I'll do your homework for you. In January, in SoCal, during a normal winter, you will have a tough time finding a long exte...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
If I wanted to do a southbound winter hike on the PCT to Campo, what is a safe point to start from in January? I am into advent...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
postholer - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Is it doable? Yes. KM to Campo is 700 miles. Hundreds of miles would be in winter time snow conditions. KM is closed during win...

Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Hello. I am interested in making a southbound hike in January and February. I am not familiar with weather and elevation yet on...

Re: Water Availability - North Cascades
LaGrangePoints5 - Thu, Jul 23, 2015
I was on a brief hike north from Harts Pass last week, and the first water north was pretty good at Tamarack Peak. I ran into a...

Start Date - Kennedy Meadows
Button - Thu, Jul 23, 2015
Hello - just after some advice from hikers of the PCT... If I was interested in doing a partial PCT hike from Kennedy Meadows t...

Water Availability - North Cascades
57over170 - Wed, Jul 22, 2015
We've been tracking the snow melt in the North Cascades and see that snow pack is way down from 30yr average. There's an alert f...

Re: Lift To Harts Pass ?
LaGrangePoints5 - Fri, Jul 17, 2015
Yes, that is reasonable. From the Mt. Vernon bus station, you can easily get a Skagit transit bus to Concrete. There are stores...

Lift To Harts Pass ?
golightly - Tue, Jul 14, 2015
Hi I am finally arriving in Vancouver 21st July 22nd I will get Amtrak to Mt Vernon and bus to concrete (?) and then start hitch...

Re: Moderate/Strong El Nino Occurring
postholer - Sun, Jul 12, 2015
"There is a greater than 90% chance that El Nio will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 80%...

Recent Journal Entrys

Vista Creek
PCT - bafrazier - Yesterday
Last night the moon was so bright it was tough to sleep. We could see the fire burning as it lit up the horizon. We found out later that the huge plume of smoke is not from the Blankenship fir...
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AT - Tjb02141993 - Yesterday
Crossed the Kennebec river today which is the longest river crossing on the AT without a bridge. There are upstream dams so you actually have to wait for a ferry to pick you up. The ATC employ...
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AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
64* in my tent this morning was great. Feels so much better than 70* in the morning. Surprisingly it only hit a high of 75* briefly today. A morning rain that started after 7:00 and a good rai...
Waterfalls Everywhere...
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CT - rlhdancer - Yesterday
Waterfalls Everywhere... We sat in our tent in a steady downpour throughout the afternoon, and Two Step finally set the Jetboil stove in the rain just outside the tent and boiled water for di...
JMT - yucaipatim - Fri, Jul 31, 2015
The vast majority of JMT hikers start at or near Yosemite and end down by Mt. Whitney. There are a variety of reasons for this, but I chose to hike south to north. Here are my TOP 5 reasons wh...
Day 81
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PCT - stewart50 - Fri, Jul 31, 2015
Last night was not nearly as cold as we expected even though we camped at over 10000ft. Pleasant walk up and over Donahue pass in the early morning cool with huge peaks looming over us and of ...
Ashland To Diamond Lske
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PCT - Darthkev - Fri, Jul 31, 2015
Having to complete some business for work in Ashland and arriving ahead of schedule, Blues and I took a zero in that little town. We resupplied, treated ourselves to a fancy dinner, and got a ...
Crater And Diamond Lakes
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PCT - maxmontano - Fri, Jul 31, 2015
July 30th We only had 6 miles this morning to hike to the Mazama village at crater lake so we did that early, arriving around 7:30 and getting a good breakfast. We then walked over to a little...
July 31, 2015
AT - pprovost - Fri, Jul 31, 2015
July 31, 2015 Friday Day 47 Miles about 580 We hiked with Tank and Mirage again for the morning to get to Hikers Welcome Hostel, a thru hiker run place with many bunks, tent sites and ...
South Carolina
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PCT - mike-nancy - Fri, Jul 31, 2015
On July 14th we woke up a half hour before sunrise and walked out to the beach to watch the sunrise again. Myrtle Beach State Park has a very nice campground with shaded sites not far from the...
AMAZING Ashland, OR!
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PCT - blazingstar08 - Thu, Jul 30, 2015
Today was an example of doing life right. Now, it may be said that I feel lucky every day to be hiking the PCT. And it's also true that I feel lucky pretty much everyday in life for my friends...
Rogers Pass & Lincoln
CDT - Voyageur - Thu, Jul 30, 2015
There was a bit of a climb out of Lewis and Clark Pass but not bad. The whole day was up on the divide and it was beautiful. Finally there was the switchbacked plunge into Rogers Pass. I was i...

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Flippy - PCT - Sep 8, 2008 - GRRAAARR
It was cold this morning. My thirty degree bag didn't keep me warm after 4:00 a.m. This morning. I tossed around until 6:30 a.m. When I finally got up. Thankfully our campsite got the morning sun and it warmed up pretty quick.

Ordinary day today, didn't feel like tomorrow the trip would be over. Maybe because of the "Mop Up" tour in California. I just hiked with Ant Farm & Swiffer for the day. Didn't see Slim after this morning.

Near Woody Pass there are two trails. An abandoned trail goes across to the pass, the other goes down near the valley floor then back up the pass. I thought about taking the abandoned trail, but it was really sketchy so I took the route down the valley. Near the the top of Woody Pass I saw a bear near our intended campsite. Normally I would have just hiked on. I didn't want to hike and higher today, nor did I want to camp on the north side - so I camped near the bear without any place to hang my food.

Sat around enjoying the campfire. This would be my last night on the trail in my tent - except for the "Mop Up" tour which is different. I was windy, so I boiled water and put it in my water bottle. I wrapped the bottle in my bandana & place it in my dry bag that I kept my sleeping clothes in - just in case it leaked.

Around 3 a.m. I was awaken by something pushing me over. Then I heard grunting & snorting. I paused (really I froze) for what seemed enternity. Am I dreaming? Nope it was a bear. The only thing I could thing of was to growl, so I let out several GRRAAARRs. The bear went away & didn't get my food bag which I was using as a pillow. Ant Farm & Swiffer called to me, "Flippy what's up?" When I told them about the bear Ant Farm got up & we rebuilt the fire to keep Mr. Bear away. Surpisingly I went right back to sleep & didn't wake up until 7 a.m.

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