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Planning Synopsis - A short and simple hike planning guide.
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Gear Lists - Complete gear lists of those that walked the walk.
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Pacific Crest Trail Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
Mt San Jacinto - 1:30K maps from Hwy 74 to I-10.
JMT Map & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
Overview Maps - 71, 1:100K maps and 29, 1:250K maps in PDF format.
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

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

2nd Edition Colorado Trail Map Book
postholer - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 now available! While you still get the same great look and feel, the style and fonts have changed to a much cleaner look....

Re: Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
Miner - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Back in 2009, I was able to mail out a box from the store. Though I used a flat rate priority box which made calculating the po...

Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
cbliss10 - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
So I've begun planning my 2015 PCT thru hike supply drops and I am having some trouble at Kennedy Meadows. Being the start of t...

Re: Bikes On The Pacific Crest Trail
TheDane - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Not sure this is the right place to post about a bike encounter, but best I could find Met southbound mountain bike at PCT mil...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
Absolutely perfect answer, thank you! I will take an ultralight tent and a 200 g hammock just for the case of pleasant nights am...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
Miner - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
To use a hammock, you'll have to modify your daily mileage to insure that you are always below tree line at night. I would hate...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
stillroaming - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
One more question - does it sometimes rain at night as well? I mean, when the sky is clear in the evening, you sleep without a t...

Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
When I hear, how many people are walking through high Sierra and do not even use a tent, I will ask a question - did you see any...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
I've been backpacking in the Sierra Nevada with a down sleeping bag for over 20 years. Never had any issues keeping it dry. I ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
It can be extremely dry between Walker Pass and your first encounter with the Kern River. As for weather you can expect thunder...

Recent Journal Entrys

7.2 Miles Past Willow Pass To Grand Lake
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CDT - Jo - Today
It was a warm 47 degrees this morning, no rain in the night so the tent dried out. We were up and away by 6 a.m. this morning an...
Push The Reset Button
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CT - UberBitch - Today
We somehow managed to turn a 4 1/2 day section into a 4 and two one half day section?? I'm still trying to figure out how that h...
Rest Day
AT - DblR - Today
Day 141 - About the time to get up the rain started coming down in buckets. Tried to wait for it to let up so I ended up taking ...
Timberline Lodge
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PCT - tnx4asking - Today
First and foremost, I would encourage everyone to goback to July 5th to see the pictures that have finally been posted. We have ...
Gear Breakdown
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PCT - slinging bull - Today
Well, so my base weight seems to be right around 12 pounds. 8.5% of my bodyweight. which is about right.------- 5/4 lb - My pack...
PCT - swade - Yesterday
30 miles today Last night I had to fend off mice and rats. After dark, they kept coming up to my pack that was right outside of ...
Uh Oh, Another One.
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AT - grimtongue - Yesterday
Well I know that I have said before that I don't like to write a lot on my zero days but this one was pretty epic and not the us...
To Town!
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PCT - Braxton25 - Yesterday
Overcast day that helped with the miles. Made it to the road and first car to come by drove me to Etna and the hotel. Will retur...
The Adventure Begins!
PCT - bafrazier - Yesterday
The adventure begins tomorrow! Had a great drive down to Mammoth Lakes and got the last wilderness permit for tomorrow. We were ...
Into The Wilderness
CDT - Hamburger - Yesterday
Got an early ride back to the pass and started climbing. Up on top the wind became a storm. Great views but this wind. Had a sca...
Day 93
CDT - pounce - Sat, Jul 26, 2014
Sorry, I didn't take any photos today. I was too busy either outrunning storms or hiding from them. This is getting a bit old. P...
Out Of Steamboat Springs
CDT - MotherGoose - Sat, Jul 26, 2014
Got in seventeen miles today. Beautiful walking in the flowers it seems everything is in bloom. The terrain was easy and the tra...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Stoked little boy

nferguson - PCT - Apr 28, 2013 - Day One.
7:30 - 6:30

Day one was grueling. It started out nice with Dad and Tina driving me down to the border. I was so thankful to have my dad there to help me get my head in the right place to start this journey and to have him see me off. I will always think of backpacking as a family activity, so it was nice to have my mom (who is mailing me resupply packages) and dad be an active part of this trip. After taking pictures at the southern terminus, my dad hiked with me for about the first mile, and then I was off. I started with six liters of water, to get me all the way to Lake Morena, and five days of food, which was going to last me all the way to Warner Springs at mile 109. Six liters of water is about 13 pounds, and my five days of food weighed about 10. So with a base weight of around 16 pounds, I weighed in close to 39 pounds, which is entirely too much weight to start off with. Little did I know that I had a hot day with a fair amount of elevation gain and loss.

Hiking in the desert (technically "coastal chaparral") is far from my favorite environment. The trails were covered in cobbles and there was little to no shade. In addition the limited water and signs in Spanish warning illegal immigrants not to lose their lives to the elements was offputting. The cobbles became a problem with the Merrell Barefoots I was wearing because there is little to no cushion in the soles. It was either this day, or the next that I bruised a tarsal pretty bad by stomping on a rock on a downhill slope. I learned quickly to pay attention to where I was stepping.

Hiking alone for ten hours a day gives your mind a lot of time to wander. It has been a long time since I've had the time to do that. That day I mainly thought about all the people in my life that I love, about why I was out here hiking in heat with no water around, and whether I can really hike all the way to Canada. What a rediculous idea! On the trail I met Otter and Jamie. I had a chance to chat with Jamie for a while. She quit her job and is fully supported by her husband. We talked about him a bit, and he sounds like a good guy. We were both thankful for all of the support we were finding from those we were leaving behind.

When I arrived at Lake Morena, I bee lined to the showers to try and lower my bodyheat. I was dehydrated and hot! I met Gazelle and Squatch, who invited me to join the Anderson's camp for dinner and a party. Even though I wasn't feeling incredibly social, I decided to accept. That night I ate a couple bowls of chili (not a GREAT idea in retrospect) and passed out right after. No partying for me.

Highlight: Surviving mentally and physically

I also learned that wearing orange tinted sunglasses makes the desert look like a horridly unhospitable place. I'm thinking that Day One will be one of the hardest days on the trail.

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