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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions for first timers and old timers.
Planning Synopsis - A short and simple hike planning guide.
Resupply - All the major resupply locations along the PCT.
Gear Lists - Complete gear lists of those that walked the walk.
Plans - Actual, complete plans/schedules used by thru-hikers.
Register - Sign the register! The virtual trailhead register for section or thru-hikers.
Stockmen - For those who travel the trail with their 4 hooved friends.
Join a Trail Crew - For a day or week, learn more about the joy of giving back.

PCT Pocket Maps - the most current PCT maps available!
Pacific Crest Trail Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
JMT Map & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
Fire Perimeters - Interactive map of active fire perimeters.
Earthquake Map - 30 day interactive earthquake map along the PCT.

Data Book - Old online version, before 5th edition maps/data book.
Elevation Profiles - from the 5th edition maps. The most current available.
Photo Atlas - 7,000+ flora and landscape photos geo-referenced.

Links - A plethora of PCT links for all of your needs.
News - Trail news specific to the PCT.
Report Bikes on the PCT - Document bike encounters along the PCT.

Trail Conditions
Snow Depth - daily update of NOAA snow depth map.
Snow Conditions - Current and historical conditions. Weather, too!

Recent Forum Posts

Missing Hiker In San Diego County
tvalenti17 - Sun, Mar 1, 2015
There is a missing hiker in San Diego County that was hiking south on the PCT between February 12th and February 22nd. Help fro...

Re: Class Of 2015
casey - Sun, Mar 1, 2015
GG A few details: Mail packages to us via U.S.P.S. Priority Mail, this allows for free return shipping if something unexpected...

Re: Navigation With Compass
STINGER - Fri, Feb 27, 2015
The Brunton compass should work fine. I always like the clear ones so I can see through to the map. If your not planning on GPS,...

Navigation With Compass
TraJik - Thu, Feb 26, 2015
Hello Everyone! I was hoping to get the opinion of hikers who use map and compass on the CDT. I'm one of those that go hiking...

Re: Class Of 2015
gg-man - Mon, Feb 23, 2015
How exactly would this work? From what I remember it there wasn't much if any cell reception in North Yosemite. Would the resu...

Sonora Pass Resupply
casey - Sat, Feb 21, 2015
I'm pleased to announce the Forest Service has agreed to issue a Special Use Permit allowing my wife and I to deliver resupply p...

Re: Class Of 2015
jonhikes - Fri, Feb 20, 2015
Navigation Map reading tip: If you get time, check out the google maps on postholer to 'follow' the trail. On the map, you can ...

Re: Hi All, I'm New To This Forum
Bigfoot_Hunter - Thu, Feb 19, 2015
My plan is to be in the "Class of 2016". I'll have to lose 80lbs to make it physically possible. I have lost 65lbs in ...

Re: Hi All, I'm New To This Forum
ryandax - Wed, Feb 18, 2015
keep an open mind and a positive attitude and you will be well along your way....

Re: Hi All, I'm New To This Forum
Gary Schenk - Wed, Feb 18, 2015
You can do as much of the PCT as you want. It's just going hiking is all....

Re: Class Of 2015
jonhikes - Tue, Feb 17, 2015
Planing to start early July 1 ?? ( depending on Snow levels ) at Harts Pass. Will wait until zero snow at Harts. Currently pla...

Re: Poor Condition Of Golden Oaks Spring In Section
ryandax - Sun, Feb 15, 2015
I definatly used golden oak spring in 2006 and 2012. With it dry or not usable it would be a long carry. Whenever I have to hik...

Recent Journal Entrys

Getting Ready!
PCT - trailfortwo - Yesterday
Plans are moving along nicely and we are looking forward to our April 14th departure date. We each have our gear together and we...
So It Begins.
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PCT - Russell - Yesterday
So it begins. A trail journey that has been years in the making. I along with my family have spent many days over many years hik...
Full Disclosure
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PCT - hiphilary - Yesterday
Full Disclosure: I did see Wild. And I also read the book. And it did inspire me to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.Is that bad? Am...
Franklin, NC
AT - thodge - Yesterday
We are so sorry for the long delay in posts! It's been a struggle for me to keep my phone charged in the cold, etc. A new one sh...
AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
After studing the weather we had a tough time trying to decide to zero today or Just hike in the three miles to Ice Water shelte...
Riding The Rails
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PCT - Flatlatch - Yesterday
NOBO but not on foot just yet, rather relaxing and enjoying the scenery as I make my way to Vancouver via Amtrak. Just met a you...
Waiting On Ma Nature
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PCT - doninpdx - Yesterday
We were finally all ready to go Thursday morning, but then we took another look at the weather forecast. A storm is moving throu...
Risk - Reward
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PCT - qsquest 15 - Yesterday
There have been some very recent changes in traveling/shipping regulations for lithium batteries and it seems neither the people...
Shifting My Blog To WordPress
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PCT - Coastal - Yesterday
I placed a few entries into this blog to try out its features and functionality! It is a very useful tool and has ...
The Second Half
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PCT - bobk - Sat, Feb 28, 2015
We'd better get going, Canada is not coming to us - a frequent quip from my friend Thirstyboots during the 2013 season. That sea...
Testing Out My Gear
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PCT - Ikeman - Thu, Feb 26, 2015
My friends and I went up to San Gorgonio for some snow shoeing / snowboarding . I thought it would be a good opportunity to test...
Why Do It?!
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PCT - Red-feather - Wed, Feb 25, 2015
I just want to stop thinking about the never ending to do list for a moment to focus on why do this? If you'r planning on doing ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Nomad and the Vanimal

Ayce - AT - Apr 8, 2013 - So It Begins, Virginia
Hello all. I have crossed the Tennessee/Virginia border and into Damascus for a quick stop. It's been a rough week of weather but it has finally turned sunny and warm, and it feels good to be in VA, especially once my friends showed up. About one quarter of the entire AT runs through VA so I won't be crossing any state borders for a while.

Damascus was a quick town stop. Those of you following know the drill by now of what gets done in town stops: shower, laundry, resupply, and of course the big meals. For dinner the first night I had a 3/4 lb burger, a platter of fries, a 1 lb stromboli, and 4 mellow yellows, second day we hit the all-you-can-eat pizza place. I have no shame in telling you this.

Last night was nice catching up with the group and had great convos with Moose and Wideload (formally Chris and Cassandra) and Nomad. Moose offered to pick up my tab as well, just for the mere fact we hadn't seen each other for a while. Who knew people from Ohio were so nice? Just another lesson learned out here.

Ok so I need to tell one of the coolest stories I've experienced on the AT so far: it all started in Erwin on Easter when the entire "trail family" of ten including Nomad, Gollum, Manchild, Moose, Wideload, Witch Doctor, Tail Lights, Camaro, Dryspot, and myself were last all together. That day I hit the trail with 3 of the others while Nomad and the rest decided to leave the next day. Now, Nomad, who I've mentioned in this journal before, is essentially "the father" of our group of mostly 20-something's. He and a few others left the next day to the first shelter. When he got there something did not feel right to him mentally, and he told the others to keep going as he would take a minute to figure out what was going on and pray. It was at this moment he had a moment of clarity and realized he no longer would attempt to thruhike the AT. Instead, his epiphany revealed his reason for being out here is to do what he had done for our group since Georgia, to serve us and provide trail magic to hikers. He later hiked back to Erwin, purchased a giant van to fit food and hikers, and began his new journey. He also took along a few hikers who were injured and could no longer move on.

This whole ordeal occurred while I was about a day or so ahead of the rest of the group, so I had not heard of what happened. The way I found out was during a rainstorm on 4/4 when I hiked to a road crossing about 10 miles into my day, when I saw a giant creepy van parked near the trail. I paused, then kept walking until I heard "Ayce!". Sure enough there was Nomad, with a fully stocked van of beer, soda, sandwiches, and all sorts of food. It was a truly amazing moment especially considering I was drenched, hungry, and had not seen anyone I knew for days. He told me this story and I was so happy that I would continue to see him as I move along the trail. Nomad has looked out for me since the Smokies. He is one of the kindest, most generous people I've met in my life, and countless times he has offered us hikers food and paying for lodging in towns for those short on funds. If you want to follow his blog and find pics of the group the link is

And by the way, I know growing up every kids parents say don't talk to strangers especially in sketchy Astro-vans, but out here sometimes those rules just don't apply.

Final thought leaving Damascus: I have 80 miles to go to Atkins, VA where I will meet Maria on Friday. The terrain ahead is difficult but the weather is nice and I'm feeling good! Later!

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