Leaving for my PCT thru hike in two days. And last advice?
>>1510408don't get raped or murdered or both.Going alone?
You'll get your trail legs in a couple of weeks. It becomes a lot easier after that.Take your zero days. Bumming around rural towns and eating at random diners was more fun than I thought it'd be.
>>1510408If you are inexperienced with snow travel pay close attention to snow reports of sections ahead of you. As a NOBO you could face a lot of snow. However, seeing as you are starting now a bigger issue for you might be river crossings as there is a lot of snow to melt this year. Read up on proper crossing technique. If you come to a crossing that looks too gnarly, take a break. Have a snack. Drop your pack and walk up and down the river bank and look for a more suitable place to cross. There is no requirment to cross where the trail goes. River crossing are statistically the most dangerous aspect of the PCT. People have died.Also, see you out there, I'm SOBOing, starting near the end of the June.
>>1510523Not only the melt, hiking on spring snow is more dangerous than most people think. Even a minor twisted ankle from falling through a snow bridge can lead to a real bad time when you plan on hiking 20+ miles in a day. Trekking poles are your friend.
>>1510531>Trekking polesShhhh we are already at risk of enraging the autists by talking about the PCT if you mention trekking poles it's bound to start a shit storm.POLES ARE FOR FAGS.
>>1510408Watch out for rattlers and poodle dog bush. Good luck anon - I’m jellies
>>1510853>poodle dog bushthis one is new to me! I'm not US so have to brush up on all the plants you guys have.
>>1510408take a shit on a ridgemake sure you have poles that don't bend under your weight. Beat the shit out of them now to test them. I've seen people slide on snow and bend a cheap pole too many times when trying to re-align their center of gravity. The tumbles they take can be trail enders.
>>1510534>we gotta false flag to keep the bushcrafting /k/manbabies from having a fit The absolute state of /out/Good luck OP, I'll be in your shoes in 2021, though probably starting a little earlier in the season
>>1510408Fuck yeah homie, I'm on it right now as well, the trail is incredible. Even if you're a loner, try to be social and try to fall in with some other hikers, it'll help a ton and arriving at camp to friendly faces is really comforting. The people you'll meet on the PCT are all really interesting and you have something in common with a lot of them, which makes conversation easy.Start slow of course, too many people injure themselves starting too fast.Backflush your Sawyer every week to maximize flowrate, and Sawyer doesn't tell you this, but if you tap your Sawyer against something hard when you backflush to dislodge the shit in the filter it'll be much more effective.Smile when you hitchhike, it makes you look friendlier and greatly increases your odds (or just hitchhike with a girl)San Jancinto is worth the trip up, Wrightwood and Idyllwild are worth zeroing in.Are you staying at Scout and Frodo's? What's your baseweight? Where are you from? What gear are you using?
Enjoy it while it lasts. You will miss it dearly.Dont spend time hanging around people that complain. Aim to spend more time in the sierras .Dont get jaded or entitled
And hike very early in the morning during the desert, nap during the heat of the day, hike in late afternoon into the late evening. Why not hike when the ac is on?And drink some water for Christ's sake. Just chill out for a long while at water sources. If you're thirsty you fucked up especially if you're thirsty before bed, when you won't be hydrating for 8 hours and will be losing moisture from breathing. Fucking swim in those lakes.And I swear to Jesus, take a nearo or a trail zero at benson lake in Yosemite . Its .4 off trail and surreal . A sandy beach in front of a gorgeous lake surrounded by granite and evergreen.
>>1511632>The absolute state of /out/It's a broad board that covers a lot of different outdoor things, and it's 4channel, so people come here to shit post. That's the way it is. I love it desu senpai.>>1512282>What's your baseweight?Asking the real questions!Can't wait to be back at Lake Aloha
>>1510408There is a lot of snow left in the Sierra and will be for a while...be prepared.
>>1513903Experienced people with the right gear have been making it through ok
>>1512789Sick view tbqh senpai
>>1515041It was awesome, I was only hiking the tahoe rim trail, I hoped on it after the AT as an intro to west coast hiking as I'm going sobo on the PCT this year. Really excited to camp there again.
>>1510408enjoy sparsenessseriously cannot understand how people like dry environments
>>1515739this year on the PCT is kinda crazy, nobos have had the super bloom and a really green desert, and with the storms that are about to hit the desert section is probably at it's lushest.
fucking christ what a bunch of girls on this board.
>>1516238you sure told them
>>1516238>"I'm a true outdoorsman" he thought as he typed furiously from his wifi connected macbook from the comfort of his backyard-pitched Coleman tent.
>>1515739Are you familiar with Oregon and Washington you dumb east coaster?
>>1516238Why is /out/ a constant pissing contest?
NOBOs are having a wierd hike this year. The desert is getting some wacky weather. hopefully sobo won't be so nutty. 38 days till I start.
>>1518245What have you got inside that tin?
>>1517904Because it's 95% obese shut-ins who jerk it to cartoon children
>>1510534People who never hike get absolutely booty blasted when men use poles that don't exploit their holes
>>1518997snus, I normally dip when /out/ but when driving or in I use snus so I don't have to spit everywhere.
>>1519006>>1518997wrong fucking image!>>1518982gotta support your shelter with something, may as well be able to walk with it.
>>1519006>>1519008Wait, is that you, Britanon?>bin that knoife
>>1519011Hah, yeah it is. Thankfully the country side is still a fairly free an easy part of this Island so we can still carry a knife and enjoy the peace of there being little crime and few police to stick their noses in.
>>1519065Pretty knife tho.
>>1510408The Sierras are at 127% of normal snowpack, it will be July before the High country clears up.
>>1515739I’ll take dry and arid over humidity any day of the week.
>>1519313these are current conditions around truckee, images taken by the guy who I think is leading the nobos atm
>>1519514He's flipped up I think to hike south back down to truckee as post holing in snow shoes isn't a super time efficent way to hike
How much do you spend on food? Is 5$ a day possible to get enough calories if you're frugal af?
>>1519622You can have 2kg home baked bread, chocolate, 6 eggs, 1kg lentils, some veggies and apples (just an example).
>>1519622It depends. Simply you have two options with resupply. Buy as you go or arrange packages in the mail. Buying as you go means you are subject to potentially high prices in places where there are few options. arranging packages means you can buy cheap stuff in advance and in bulk. However, you then have to pay shipping which can eat into the savings. Food fatigue is real though, so limiting yourself to a super low food budget might bum you out pretty quick as you'll get sick of eating the same food all the time. If you're looking to save money on the trail then look to limit or totally cut out town expenses. Don't drink, don't smoke, don't stay in motels, eat as little town food as possible.
>>1519633Uh, motels? I think /out/ in US is such a different thing from what I have in my mind for /out/ that the whole thing is different, food included. Food in places to sleep in the Alps can either be very good and cheap or very expensive. Tends to be poor and nutrient, and I wouldn't refuse some wine. It always depends on where and how, of course if you're going to sleep in a tent in the nothing you got to think of everything stoves included
>>1519633That question is not directed at the PCT in particular, it's just for me to have an idea on some calculations I'm doing right now.
>>1519647Ah well it still applies to other long distance hikes. However, the more remote a hike is, say like the Oregon Desert Trail, the more you will be forced to rely on posting your own supplies. Where on the AT you could probably eat super cheap as it's much easier to get to a big supermarket or somewhere that isn't price gouging.
>>1519672What if the trail comes relatively close to supermarkets every 3 or 4 days. >rice>beans>tuna>oats>peanut butter and breadIs this retarded?
>>1519675Yeah that's cool. The trouble comes when it's tricky to get a spot where it's tricky to get to a normal supermarket. You can either spend the time hitching somewhere further afield or shop at a smaller shop. Some of these places only stock "hiker" food and it can be sold at a pretty big mark up. If you are totally married to your budget then you will need to spend your time rather than money and make the trip to a cheaper place. With a bit of research you can get this all sorted before you set off, so you'll know where this might happen.
>>1519622Maybe if you eat nothing but ramen noodles and snickers bars. But I don't think that's a very good idea for 5 months
>>1520072You can get a bag of rice or pasta and some tuna and bread for less than $5 a day.
>>1520122That's not going to be enough calories though. Minimum your good need to be eating 4k calories. That's a fair bit of tuna and rice.
>>1510408It's not the PCT but still qualifies as thru hike and since there's no other thread where it fits then I will leave this here.https://cadenaser.com/emisora/2019/05/17/radio_alicante/1558101907_741605.htmlIt's in Spanish but it's Miguel Mataix on a podcast speaking about his fkt of the GR11 in Spain.>800km>78000m elevation gain>14 days and two days stuck in a mountain refuge.
>>1519675$5 will be tough, if you are hiking 20 miles a day you could eat that much in peanut butter
>>1510408use no condoms come in lots of hippie hoes and leave a trail of bastards.
>>1520496Supported or unsuppoerted?
>>1520858He doesn't specify but he stayed in refuges and didn't pack sleeping gear, according to his own words his backpack weighted 6 to 7 kg. Definitely not unsupported.
>>1518245I've been on trail for 40 days and am about to hit KM and I've been rained, snowed or hailed on 10 days so far, not counting the zero days that we had rain on. It has been a very wet desert so far, which is great for water carries and keeping everything green.>>1519622>5$ a dayProbably *technically* possible, but realistically probably not. 10$ a day is more realistic.
>>1521368>I've been on trail for 40 daysHow are you doing /out/ there anon?
>>1521368I'm pretty nervous about the fire situation up north, they're already having a very high fire year in WA at lower elevations. But I'm probably getting sucked into the fearnado. I cannot wait to start.Are you flipping north or going to try going through the sierra?
>>1510408That pic is up in Washington I believe
>>1523777Check out Sherlock over here
>>1522788Having a grand time, I can't describe how great of an experience it is. I just left KM two days ago and am coming into Lone Pine now>>1523753Yeah smoke is probably gonna be shit, but I'm not gonna let anything short of an injury take me off trail. Just don't worry about it, nothing you can do about it but roll with the punches.
>>1523791Na I just have the same picture from 2017
>>1526072Good for ya, got any pussy yet?
>>1526098It was also in the file name
>>1510408>And last adviceDont smack chips lesbo
>>1516238i wish, then maybe i could get a cute /out/ gf
>>1520501Is it common to hook up on these trails?
>>1527710You get a lot of people out in nature away from civilization and feeling alive... In my experience it gets quite frisky.
>>1526098holy shit, wipe the fucking butter off your fingers before you touch your camera lens.
>>1527710"trail tail" is a phrase for a reason.
Don't fucking skip the Sierras boysIt's worth it
>>1529789Damn , I wish that was me.
Well I managed to cut pretty much half my thumb off with the log splitter yesterday. been operated on. if all goes well I should just have a fairly minor wound left to heal by the end of june and I can still start my sobo hike.
>>1534070Britanon? Fuck, get well soon buddy.
>>1534075yeah not my smartest moment! dad keeps texting me thumbs up emojis as well. hah.
>>1534075yeah right rub it under his nose>>1534083godspeed anon
>>1535853That's what peak performance looks like, appreciate it.
Made it past all the high passes, the Sierras are really fucking challenging, but so rewarding.
>>1537879keep crushing anon. have many people been trying the mountains or are a lot flipping?
>>1537879I hope you had some sekss by now, you deserve it anon.
>>1537900>sekssgross, thats where pee comes from
>>1537884I don't have the numbers, but it seems like when I entered 75-80% of hikers were getting off trail for a couple weeks or flipping, but more are probably entering now?>>1537900Haha...
>>1529789>>1537879>>1538112you got winter gear like snowshoes and gaiters? How bad is the snow depth/postholing?
>>1538236Not really. I'm rocking trail runners, microspikes, poles with snow baskets and an ice axe.The snow up here has all consolidated and isn't powder. We wake early in the morning for passes and the snow is very icy so all you need are microspikes/crampons. Even later in the day when the sun starts hitting the snow, the slush doesn't get that deep and while walking in it sucks ass, it's perfectly doable with trail runners. Snowshoes would get in the way more than they would help in these conditions. I don't use gaiters myself since my pants hang over the top of my shoe and keep most things out, but a lot of hikers are using them. I just use waterproof socks when it's slushy to keep my feet dry. Postholing isn't bad since the snow is so solid, you just have to be careful walking around big rocks, logs and trees as the snow around them is often this surface level and you can easily posthole waist deep.
>>1538485Ah nice, that actually sounds real comfy, i'd like to camp out in those conditions sometimeJust from the pic here >>1538112 it didn't look like there was a consolidated trail but if its all packed down underneath then I see what you mean by microspikes are more than enough
>>1538559ULA CircuitThe multicam version is actually an objectively worse version of the pack since they use Cordura instead of the normal fabric, which rips easier and is heavier.
>>1538485Did you carry your microspikes + ice axe all the way or get them mailed to you? I never done long distance with depots/mail packages so I have no idea how that's done
>>1538742I mailed my microspikes to me at Idyllwild (around mile 150ish) so I could hike up Mt San Jancinto, I then sent them to Kennedy Meadows (mile 700) after I had summit San Jan. Post offices will usually hold packages for a couple weeks and there are stores along trail you can send them to and they'll hold them for a long time and you just need to pay a small 3-5$ fee to pick up your packages from them.I didn't own a proper ice axe before this so I just bought on in Kennedy