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Recent Forum Posts

Re: North Vs South PCT 2015 June 1 Start
rferrari - Fri, May 15, 2015
I am in California, and have lived here all my life. With the other posts telling you to wait for a southbound trek, beware that...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
gg-man - Thu, May 14, 2015
Yes. There is lost no downside to starting in early to mid July. you will have plenty of time to do your hike and unless snowa...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
kiwi stu - Thu, May 14, 2015
Thanks for that GGman. I will have to make a final decision about 12 months out due to me getting leave from work. Do you think ...

Re: PCT And Public Transportation In California
rferrari - Thu, May 14, 2015
Of course it depends on the section of the PCT you are planning to visit. If you give me more info on the starting and ending po...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
gg-man - Thu, May 14, 2015
Unless you are limited to nailing down your start date way ahead of time, I would wait to see how the preceding winter turns out...

PCT And Public Transportation In California
claudebelley - Wed, May 13, 2015
Hi, I am Canadian (from Montreal) and I plan to do a small section of the PCT this summer (10 days in July). I will arrive in S...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
kiwi stu - Wed, May 13, 2015
Thanks alot for reply...exactly what i wanted to know. Mid to late June it is then Cheers Kiwi Stu...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
postholer - Wed, May 13, 2015
May will be way too early in a normal snow year. The pass through Echo Lake around July 5th. Personally, I wouldn't start from...

Re: Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
kiwi stu - Tue, May 12, 2015
Hi everyone....Kiwi Stu here again. Is there anybody here who can help me with the start time question i have posted cheers stu...

Re: 30 Days To Campo
gg-man - Mon, May 11, 2015
Please don't take these comments as a statement on your abilities. One of the few people I have hiked any length of time with i...

Re: Class Of 2015
joshsmallbone - Mon, May 11, 2015
Jim, this is super helpful. Thanks for your amazing information and we'll take your advice. Really appreciate your time....

Echo Lake To Bridge Of The Gods Questions.
kiwi stu - Sat, May 9, 2015
Hi There...Kiwi Stu here. I am an expat Kiwi from Christchurch NZ who lives in Brisbane,Australia. I can get long service leave ...

Recent Journal Entrys

Day 36
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PCT - stewart50 - Today
Note much happened today just the usual town stuff, sorting out resupply, figuring out how to deal with the coming long waterles...
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AT - jimmyjam - Today
Total mileage really is 349.1.great day resupplied in Greenwood lakes got a beer and got ride back to trail by an off duty new y...
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CDT - jgregory - Today
Today is the beginning of my 4th zero day in Chama. My 4th day in the Y Motel, occasionally watching Family Guy and Naked and Af...
Zero Day In Acton
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PCT - maxmontano - Today
I woke early as usual yesterday and hit the trail about 6. After a couple hours I dropped into a canyon and came upon a fire sta...
5 Am
PCT - Forrest - Yesterday
Up at 5 am. Packed and on the trail by 6. Stopped at water cache just past my campsite and refilled some bottles. Long day of hi...
Warm Night, Hot Today, No Wind
AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
Today we passed the half way mark in our 2,186 mile adventure. Tomorrow there is a store at Pine Grove that is famous for hikers...
Day 54: Down To Lone Pine And Preparing To Head
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Yesterday
Last night was the coldest so far on the trail and certainly not the best choice for leaving my tarp un-pitched. Based on the th...
Knee Issues
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AT - CodeWalker - Yesterday
Well, there is good news and there is bad news from my section hike from Springer Mountain to Dick's Creek Gap to test out the a...
Gear Stuff
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CT - Ellen S - Yesterday
I posted the gear list. A few words... No tent, as that is Yeah But's job. He carries a 2-person Evolution by Big Sky. I just go...
This Hiker's Prayer
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PCT - qsquest 15 - Yesterday
Lord, you have blessed me with a sound body and been my guide in caring for it. I know without that this journey would not be po...
Memorial Day
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PCT - bobk - Mon, May 25, 2015
Headed up to Sonora Pass for a jaunt on the PCT. This is the fourth year of drought in California with no snow in the mountains....
CDT - CiscoCombs - Mon, May 25, 2015
  Sometimes the best way to experience the world is to just sit and watch it walk by.    In today's episode our intrepid hik...

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The James River AT Foot Bridge

Peanut Eater - AT - Apr 26, 2012 - Day 37
It wasn't long after I went to sleep that the loud clatter on the roof began. It was raining and the rain plus all the large raindrops from the nearby trees was dropping on the tin roof of the shelter. There were no shingles or anything to deaden the noise. This went on for the rest of the night so it was quite difficult to get back to sleep. But I must have been tired enough to get some sleep as I never heard the mouse that chewed some holes in my hiking shirt nor the alarm in the morning. The little devil also chewed a hole in the other hiker's pack as it went after some snacks he inadvertently left there. As a result of missing the alarm, I got quite a late start. After a mile or so I came to the Blue Ridge Parkway yet again. At this overlook there was a board ostensibly reflecting on the pollution that now has reduced the visibility to the valley below. It was entitled "Seeing is Believing" which seemed very appropriate given the rain clouds had obscured everything. From then on the trail was almost all downhill except for one 500 ft climb over a knob. It was easy going but at around 11:00 am it started to rain again. I pulled out all my raingear even though I was worried it might be too much and I'd overheat. I needn't have worried as the rain got steadily heavier and was teeming down within half an hour. Fortunately it wasn't a cold rain so I was quite warm and didn't need to pull out the gloves. I descended some more and came to another shelter where two hikers were waiting out the storm. I decided I was wet enough that stopping would be more trouble than it's worth. I did have a brief chat with one of the these hikers who is doing what is called the International AT from Key West in Florida to Quebec in Canada. He started in November last year so he's been going a lot longer than any of us "just" doing the regular AT. The trail dropped some more and then it came to the James River which it followed for about a mile. It's a very wide river so it was no surprise when I got to the bridge to find out it's the longest foot traffic-only bridge on the AT. I wanted to take some pictures but with the rain I didn't want to risk getting my phone soaked. Before crossing the bridge I met four people who were trying their hand at fishing. They hadn't been successful though - maybe the fish don't like rain either. I crossed the bridge just before them and when I reached the road attempted to hitchhike to Big Island where Ann had sent the resupply package. The rain had eased off quite a bit but I'm sure I still looked a little bedraggled to the drivers who sped past despite my pre-made sign saying "Big Island Please" that I was holding up along with my thumb. Luckily, after putting on their dry clothes, one of the fishing couples offered me a ride and I gratefully accepted. They dropped me off at the store where I retrieved my resupply and then I went next door to the attached restaurant. It was a so-so lunch but enough to satisfy the appetite. Unfortunately no AT&T signal in this small town so the journal backlog is building up. I chatted with a local and told him I was intrigued why this really small place was called Big Island, especially as that name generally refers to Hawaii. The reason he said was that the James River split into two and the two legs then rejoined creating a big island in the middle of the river - hence the name Big Island. In the restaurant I also dried off a bit and by the time I was ready to leave, the rain had stopped so I had a much easier time of getting a ride back to the trail. When I got back I went over to the footbridge and took a few pictures as it was a unique feature of the trail that I didn't want to omit. Then there was the dilemma of how far to go tonight. I really wanted to end up at a shelter so I could get everything dried out but the first shelter was only two miles away and the next was another eight miles, all uphill and most likely out of range before dark. I have been having a few knee issues the last couple of days and although they felt a little better today I didn't want to overdo it so I got to the first shelter and decided that was enough for today. It was 5:00 pm, probably the earliest I have stopped so far. But I swept out the shelter, got everything hung up to dry and completed the journal all before thinking about cooking dinner. And now the hiker I shared last night's shelter with has just shown up and he is staying here as well. Hopefully that is all the company I get tonight as I don't really want any more mice. I heard in Big Island that tomorrow should me nice but Saturday might be showers again.

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