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Recent Forum Posts

Introducing The New Hike Planner
postholer - Tue, Sep 1, 2015
You now have a new, comprehensive hike planner that creates your plan dynamically based on your hiking style, terrain, condition...

Echo Lake Resort No Longer Accepts Resupply Pkgs
postholer - Thu, Aug 13, 2015
As of October 1st 2015, Echo Lake Resort will no longer accept resupply packages. You will need to send your resupply to the P....

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...

Recent Journal Entrys

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PCT - tpotter - Today
Temp Update: After hiking 3 days in rain from Snoqualmie to Stevens, I am cold and soaked. So, I'm going to take a zero day at my Sister Jennifer's house in Cashmere. She is on the way...
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AT - chaseat99 - Today
Finishing up out trek across the White Mountains. Another day or so and we will be in Gorham. Our last stop in New Hampshire. Maine state line is just a few miles past the city of Gorham. The...
To Squaw Pass And South
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CDT - Jo - Today
August 2. We woke up at 5:15, decided to eat later (ever hopeful for the warm rays of the sun!). so we were on the trail at 6 a.m. The sky was fairly clear when we got up and almost a full moo...
Hiking Out Into The Rain
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PCT - maxmontano - Today
We had a fun weekend in Seattle and it was nice to eat non-trail food for a few days and sleep in a real bed. Yesterday we took a bus to north bend and hitched back up to Snoqualmie pass from ...
Blackfeet Reservation
CDT - Jellybean - Yesterday
The stats are off, we actually did hike 6 more miles yesterday. Then drove to Browning and did 15 more today. So yesterday we drove ahead to check out the road. Parked 6 miles from St Mary and...
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AT - Tjb02141993 - Yesterday
Warm day but not a single climb so I didn't lose much water. Drank a lot of water though which seems to be helping my shins quite a bit. I found myself cursing at the rocks today which I didn'...
August 31, 2015
AT - pprovost - Yesterday
August 31, 2015 Monday Day 80 Miles about 980 We left the dusty rafting Mecca of Abol Bridge Campground after downing two of their breakfast sandwiches, a blueberry muffin (marginal) ...
When Shit Got Real
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CDT - jgregory - Yesterday
I've been kicked out of the mountains: they're closed for business. My daily life has come to resemble, quite literally, Cormac McCarthy's The Road. As I type this very entry on my phone, I'm ...
JMT - sgundry - Yesterday
Enjoying a nero day! Strider picked us up at the trailhead a bit after noon and brought us to her motel. She proceeded to wash our clothes and offer us a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. After we all s...
The Road Home
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PCT - mike-nancy - Yesterday
On August 1st, we spent this day cleaning and preparing for the drive home. On August 2nd, we started our drive home. First we drove to the mainland past Miami and then turned west through th...
What To Do, What To Do...
PCT - Ellen S - Yesterday
Well, we've been busy...just not busy hiking the PCT. In light of the closures, etc, we decided to take some time off the trail to see if conditions would improve. At the advise of a local in ...
PCT - dpex - Yesterday
Almost ready to leave to hike the remaking section of my five-year project to complete the PCT. I'm driving up to Mount Rainier Saturday morning, 5 September. And then on to Canada! I'm hopin...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Dimples - AT - Apr 10, 2013 - Hiking With Family #2
I was on top of things this morning. I checked out around 10:30 and went to the office to work on my journal.Mr. Haven told us various stories as he drove us back to the was avoid reminder that the service providers that make this journey measure and more pleasurable are part of the AT community: he knew somebody in Vernon years ago.The youngsters had perhaps imbibed too much last night so they decided to go at Dimples Speed today. I felt some pressure to keep up and I did for a good part of the day. It was fun. We climbed our first bald today..great views in the hot sun.I got dehydrated and started stumbling at a point where the trail required a little attention to foot placement, so I slowed down. I was not the only one impacted by the heat...close to the end of the day, a sunburnt Baby Steps was also impacted so I filtered some water for her. Vita had raced ahead and indicated the trail markings to our meadow were odd and Baby Steps and I had to yell for him to find it. It was nice meadow; only 2 issues:Supposed water source nonexistent and we had to cook on the road b/c the grass was too long for stable flat spots. I was tired...I retired to my tent shortly after dinner while most of the group watched the stars under the clear night sky. The meadow's unobstructed view was made sweeter by the knowledge that tomorrow would be rainy. Two sounds made me chuckle inside my tent: the sound of Leopard & White Sidewalls bear bag crashing down as the weakened branch they threw the bag over collapsed and the quacking of a lone duck at the edge of the meadow. REALLY..that duck followed me from WoodyGap?!!?

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