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Recent Forum Posts

PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
postholer - Wed, Apr 1, 2015
From 2001 - 2014, the southern most 500 miles of the PCT has seen 49% of the trail burned. That's 246 miles folks. From 2009 - 2...

Re: WA - Mosquitos In August?
islandgirl - Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Thanks so much! We will be there on the cusp it sounds like but I will be bringing protection for sure, along with a daily dose...

Re: WA - Mosquitos In August?
stillroaming - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Mid to late August I wouldn't be concerned. Take either trail! Mid July will have plenty. Regardless, have protective clothing ...

Re: WA - Mosquitos In August?
islandgirl - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Hi all. This is my first post... new to the site. My friend and I are planning to do our first section of the PCT from Willame...

More Permits Due To Wild This Year?
bback1 - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
The popularity of the trail is certainly increasing. With the sudden increase in permits it seems as though the trail is going t...

Free IOS App "eTrails" Updated
enyapjr - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
The " 1.4 is now available. (the following from a posting on another PCT forum site) David Money Harris is delighted to re...

Re: PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program For 201
enyapjr - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
It was a late posting (March 8th) this year, but i received 1.5 times as many requests as we have canisters in only two weeks......

Re: PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program For 201
LaGrangePoints5 - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
I'm kind of curious. As an early indicator of population later on the trail, how does March 22 compare to other years as the da...

PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program For 2015 No
enyapjr - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
" Sorry, but the PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program for 2015 is "CLOSED" as of March 22nd... Have received...

PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program 2015 - Now
enyapjr - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
Sorry, but the PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program for 2015 is "CLOSED" as of March 22nd... Have received far mor...

Re: PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
stillroaming - Sat, Mar 21, 2015
How far in advance can/should resupply packages be mailed. I live in upstate New York? Places like Kennedy Meadows, Vermilio...

New Pct Hiker For 2016
IHOR - Sat, Mar 21, 2015
Hey guys, I'm a fairly experienced hiker in bc looking very intently on a thru hike for 2016. A list of hikes ive done are wet...

Recent Journal Entrys

Patagonia, AZ
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AZT - Livetough - Yesterday
This is an episode of hiking with Style... Here I am at the library in Patagonia! What a rough start to the trail it has been. I...
Idyllwild To Big Bear
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PCT - doninpdx - Yesterday
Random observations:1. Idyllwild rocks! Such a great hamlet--I could definitely live there. La Casita is a "must-eat."...
Thinking About Stuff And More....
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PCT - Andariega - Yesterday
THINKING ABOUT STUFF and more...So here I am, ready to begin my long walk, and just bagging in little ziplocks all the food that...
A New Journal For Another Trip
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PCT - sgnile - Yesterday
I added my Spot device and Twitter account to this journal today. It'll be fun to see how it gets updated as I go.It is hard...
Big 20 Mile Day
PCT - Forrest - Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Today Frodo dropped us and six others at the Southern Terminus just before 730 am as promised. We took several pics of us and ou...
Finalizing Gear Choices.
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Tue, Mar 31, 2015
I had hoped to keep my base pack weight (= everything except food, fuel, water and the clothes I'll wear while hiking) to 12...
Day 4
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AT - kes - Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Tough but fun day! It was so nice out all day. Warm enough that I started out without base layers on which was nice. At the end ...
Water, Water, Water.....
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PCT - Flatlatch - Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Got an early start trying to beat the heat and make my way down to the water at Snow Canyon Rd. It was a hot and miserable trip,...
Day Eight
PCT - Eldon - Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Very disappointed , came down with shin splints and had to leave the trail . I trained very hard for this trip , hiking two and ...
The Bull And Cowgirl
GET - Wait Up - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Trail information: Today I traveled from the juncture of the old ripsey ranch to just past beehive well. This is great trail. I ...
A Word (or Two) On My Communication And Navigati
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PCT - midair - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Plan on carrying my Android. I know that there are long stretches where actual cell reception may be zero. I do have Backcountry...
Resupply And Last Minute Shopping
PCT - marcs34 - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
One of the most confusing parts of preparing for the hike has been working out my resupply plan. There are three ways people go ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Fireweed - PCT - Aug 11, 2010 - Longest Day Yet Through Indian Heaven
There were A few patches of snow in Indian Heaven Wilderness. I went down to a beautiful little lake to camp at 4:30, but after sitting there for awhile, I decided to move on--I was feeling uncertain about the weather--the clouds were still moving fast overhead. It was higher in elevation and I wanted a warmer camp down lower. Mosquitoes were bad here--it was hard to take a break along the trail. I saw some guys on horseback who I found out later were doing the state of Washington, supported by their wives who would meet them on roads that they crossed.

I pressed on for a long downhill section out of Indian Heaven. I passed through the huckleberry fields which reminded me of Alaska. They were pretty picked over. It seemed to take forever to get to the camp at Mosquito Creek, which was all I could physically do--the next camp was several miles away. Lo and behold it was occupied by the same aggressive guy from the previous night's encounter. So I asked politely if I could share the site (something that he neglected to do the previous night) and he said "yes". It didn't seem like he wanted to talk, so I just set up my tent and made dinner--I got into camp around 8 PM. He left before I did the next morning. I am going out to Trout Lake tomorrow for a zero day and re-supply.

I was happy with my 2.5 mile pace and wondered if I could keep it up.

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