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Recent Forum Posts

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%...

Re: PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
Gary Schenk - Mon, Jul 6, 2015
If I had to choose between mountain bikers and hiker's illegal campfires on the PCT, I'd choose the bikers....

Recent Journal Entrys

The Hills Are Alive
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CDT - jgregory - Yesterday
Remember way back in New Mexico when I was taking shortcuts all over the place and you thought that I was just gonna shortcut way up the entire trail? Well I'm happy to report that Colorado is...
Last Day Off For A While
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PCT - tpotter - Yesterday
Today is a zero day for me. I got up fairly early (since sleeping in is really hard now) and did chores like resupplying my food, sewing up a broken tent strap, sewing up holes in my pants poc...
Day 117; Callahan's Lodge
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Because I only had a little hiking to do today, I started late and in my short bit of walking got some wonderful views of Mt. Shasta from the north. Due to the wandering nature of the trail in...
Got Muggy Day
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AT - chaseat99 - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Slept good, looking forward to sleeping in later in the morning. My hike shorts were all pretty wet this morning. We had a detour of 3 or more miles. The AT followed the roads going around a f...
Good Birthday Gift
CDT - psmurf - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Successfully rejoin the Flop-Mark Trail team. They are staying in the Loadore Inn so I move my gear to that location. Yesterday, they incurred a snow storm and had to hunkerdown down during th...
One Week To Go
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PCT - higherg1 - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Only a week to go before the PCT adventure begins. I have been too busy to get much training in which is typical. Tonight my buddy Andrew and I will go over to the stairs and go up and down ti...
July 27, 2015
AT - pprovost - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
July 27, 2015 Monday Day 43 Miles about 570 We left our full shelter area this morning (we were tenting per usual) and ran out to the road near Woodstock VT so we could get Bongo to he...
Ashland Almost To Fish Lake
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PCT - maxmontano - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
July 26th We left town around 8 via a shuttle service that the guys at Callehans lodge recommended. We also swung by Callehans since unfortunately I left the ground cloth for my tent there. It...
In Which I Enjoy My Unexpected Day Off In Republ
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PNT - markdavis - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
I slept in and took it easy most of the day. Even the work was easy as the PO to get my resupply box was right next door. The laundromat was a block away. The cafe where I had a sandwich and s...
The Infinite Debate: Alone Or Not
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PCT - Frenchie - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
So last night I was eating diner with my family and friends. One of the guest is a big fan of hiking so we were talking about my project to do the PCT which started a huge argument about the f...
On My Way To The Trailhead
BFT - fireweed - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
My friend Dianne Keller has volunteered to take me to the trailhead and then will walk with me a few miles up the trail. We went out to eat last night and looked at maps. I left the task of lo...
Cold, Wet, Short Yurt Day
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CT - rlhdancer - Sun, Jul 26, 2015
Cold, Wet, Short Yurt Day As we lay in our tent in the rain last evening, we heard voices that sounded like Alicia and Tom passing by. If so, they did a bigger day than their original plan (w...

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One of the Volcanic Ridges

Peanut Eater - PCT - Aug 3, 2009 - Day 87
I am glad to see that the universe has recovered its equilibrium today. The weather was back to normal with a bright blue, cloudless sky, my shadow was mostly in front of me, and the PCT continued to throw surprises at me.

I partially solved the alarm problem by putting the phone on vibrate and parking it right next to my head. It worked this morning and I was up and out before 6:00 am.

The trail continued its path to the south before turning westward and then northwest after a few miles.  That turn put my shadow back where it should be - in front of me. The climb also continued and it took most of the morning on this ascending roller coaster to reach the 7200 ft ridge. On the way up I passed several large volcanic areas with monster rocks covering the slope just like an avalanche. They were rather spectacular sights. I also passed two canyons that provided outstanding views and in the background was another craggy-topped mountain.

The trail continued its rollercoaster style so even though it was generally flat over several miles I was still doing a lot more climbing. I came to a saddle and there was an incredible view to the north of West Boulder Creek Canyon. In the distance down in the valley it looked like some cultivated farm land. I thought it might be a good cell reception point but it had only a weak, unusable signal. I also got a nice view of the Trinity Alps in the distance. They still had quite a lot of snow on them.

As the day wore on the rollercoaster tread continued with a trip down into a valley to cross the South Fork of the Scott River followed by a climb to Carter Meadows Summit. After a longer than normal climb out of Trail Creek Canyon I am starting to think about finishing early as I was getting to feel a little fatigued. I saw a couple of nice campsites but passed on them as I wanted to get water for dinner. Then I entered the Russian Wilderness and very soon was at the top of the spectacular Russian Creek canyon with steep granite walls similar to many I saw in the Sierras. The trail went along the north ridge which was also very steep and rocky in places. As the evening wore on my focus was on water and a campsite. The water came quite easy but campsites were non-existent. It was obvious I was going to have to keep going until the trail crossed back over the top of the ridge. It wasn't going to go to the bottom as that was a long way down and I knew the trail stays in the 6000 ft range. Eventually I saw the point it crossed the ridge but it was a steep climb to get there and with the sun already set I was just hoping I would get there before it got dark. I reached the ridge in the dusk and met two other hikers there who were also looking for camp sites. The ridge had very little to offer and the one flat spot had just been taken by one of those hikers. The other was just going to set down on the trail. I was more persistent and hiked on about another mile. The ridge to my right got lower and I saw what looked like a flat spot on the top. So I climbed the ridge and found a perfect site for the night.

With all the climbing today I am really tired now as I also walked a lot further than planned. As for Etna, I am now nine miles from the road so the timing will be really bad. Since I am on course to get to Seiad Valley on Thursday (it's now 65 miles to go), I am planning to keep going and skip Etna.

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