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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby Electra » Wed May 11, 2016 4:19 pm

Have a great trip, congrats for making the commitment. You are going to love it. I did the PCT in 1991 ( the year we had 'miracle march') and seeing the Sierra with a lot of snow and few people is amazing.
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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby maverick » Wed May 11, 2016 4:33 pm

I did the PCT in 1991


Was that a solo trip Dave? Please read: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=14319
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby Pulpit » Thu May 12, 2016 7:39 am

Have a great and safe trip, schmaltz, I'm jealous too!! Enjoy the hell out of it!
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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby LMBSGV » Thu May 12, 2016 8:35 am

Have a great trip! It's a once in a lifetime experience and I hope it more than lives up to expectations. Best of luck.
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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby schmalz » Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:30 pm

Riss, Callie, and I will be at Matlock Lake tomorrow and at Tyee Lakes on Saturday, if anyone is in the area and happens to see a couple with a dog, please say hi. I'm still planning on starting at Cottonwood Pass on Sunday. It looks like the weather is cooperating and I'm lucky to be able to skip past the Chimney Fire. An ominous sign to start the summer and one of the reasons why I'll be hiking as fast as I can.

I hope to see some of you out there.

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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby Jimr » Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:29 am

I wish you the best of experiences, Brian.
In our thirst for freedom, we must be careful not to drink from the cup of bitterness and hatred

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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby schmalz » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:37 pm

Made it to Mammoth in 9 days. Conditions for the first stretch were the the same that Hobbes and Bluewater ran into. A winter storm came in 2 days ago that dropped snow down to 8k feet, flooded creeks, and added about 8 inches of soft sticky snow up high. Needless to say, it made things rough. I think most pcters headed to vvr but I decided to push through. I'll put some pics up on calitrails face book tomorrow. If anyone has any questions I can answer those as well. I won't have time for a full trip report though.
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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby Jimr » Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:16 pm

:rock:
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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby Bluewater » Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:38 pm

Thanks for the update, I'm glad you made it through the storm OK!
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Re: Schmalz hikes the PCT

Postby schmalz » Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:02 pm

The storm did have plenty of consequence for me. I slipped in one of the many flooded creeks on Saturday which soaked a lot of clothes I was wearing. Drying them out was not an option.

Then, yesterday after forgoing vvr I got stopped at the second ford of north mono creek. Pretty much the last ford of the whole stretch. I had to setup camp at 2 in the wet forest and sit it out. That was a huge bummer. I had to hike my ass off today to get into town.
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