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#1 Posted : Monday, October 30, 2006 8:13:02 PM(UTC)

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I walked the PCT in the summer of 2003, right after I finished the AT. Keep in mind that my personal preference for the benefit of the PCT compared with the AT is much more strongly than most people I've met and did two trails.

General: in 2003, about 60 of the 150 people who tried to walk the entire PCT in that year completed. This success rate of approximately 40% typical of recent years and it stands in contrast to the success rate of 10% to 15% AT. (It should be noted that an important factor in the high failure rate of the AT is the high number of people lack experience and understanding to the challenges they face AT stopping their journey of several days. [This is the effect of THRUHIKING pirsum Rav on AT wins her.] Travelers on the likely PCT. 4 be serious and more experienced and this is one of the reasons for their low dropout rate).

General: various reasons I list some below normal year (with average snowfall distribution along the whole path) walk from South to North, it hath much easier walking from North to South. Therefore 95% or more THRUHIKERS do it from South to North. In 2003 was only travels as far as one who managed to go all the way from Canada to Mexico, virtually all travelers going north from the Mexican border starting two weeks before or after May day (the optimal date depends on the amount of snow in winter).

Information and assistance for travelers: one of the greatest advantages in PCT AT the surface is in the shell around the track on fewer TRAILANGELS they compared to the most dedicated AT but also due to the smaller number of travellers they help, the excellent website of the PCT containing (almost) all the information you need (WWW.PCTA.ORG) and the most important of all-theAnnual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off that occurs each year in late April (this year on April 22-25, 2004) near the Mexican border. The event is organized and sponsored by the Alumni PCT of previous years and they take care of you for a ride to the event from a variety of places including the airport of Los Angeles and San Diego, feed you (at least the days of the event), entertained in competitions and demonstrations of equipment and stories and movies of education for veterans and you about TRAILANGELS and motmanim alidiham water reservoirs along the route. In addition your Immigration Office at the event permits to enter any reserves. Oh, and did I mention it's all free-all funded by contributions from previous years? Even event sell for excellent guides that contain all the necessary maps (although you can find three guides on AMAZON for a little lower) so that you can come to no information on the PCT (as I reached him). The only thing that matters is that you get with trips, although there's the ULTRALIGHT equipment Bazaar (cloth is shown by the people who created it and planned/lower prices) I can't see part somewhere else, you will not be able to find anything and everything you need such as sleeping bags. A welcome result of the event is that almost all THRUHIKERS leaving the place that day in the event finals, Greece and almost all going at the same pace, in an attempt to reach Canada in late September will be the first day in dozens of other travelers, so even if tpcshsho (and everyone is clear on first) will always be people to help you around.

Temperature: surface route big can divide the 4000 km of the track for four parts that are in very crude estimate 1000 kilometers each:

1 thousand kilometers) South (they mostly desert) a temperature 0-40° c, except for one terrible thing 30 kilometers where the route passes through mohabi thing and the temperature can easily reach much above 40 degrees in the afternoon in early June, traveling an average of 15 miles per day on AT will in this section 20 miles per day in assumption that it starts in shape. The reason for the difference in distance between the two routes emanating from the much more moderate slopes of the PCT. Travel that begins on the first of may in Mexico finishes up around mid-June. Most people would agree that this is at least part of the track despite several nice attractions like snowy mountains and hot springs. Severe water problem into its caches solves the archangels are full track distances timeouts. If you know where the next full water (if large) you won't have to carry water for more than 10 miles. I never carried in this section more than two gallons at once, but that's because I've gone a lot at night (cooler) and because I was willing to risk my water run out before the next water point (which indeed happened to me several times). In terms of supplies into it-although I've never had to take five days ' food (d) access to towns where the problematic food something because the local REDNECKS don't let hitching for hikers, especially due to ignorance about the existence of the path. Ignorance also exists in other sections of the trail but less. The town of WARNER SPRINGS on some 100 miles from the border is the only place along all the route I'd recommend sending FOOD DROP to the post office and buy food for the next hundred miles (although I found the food at the local gas station getting better from year to year).

1000 km 2) in the track climbs to the Sierra Nevada-where the temperature can drop at night (and in some years even on yamim) below. You are now in a pine forest that will accompany you throughout most of the way to Canada. 250 km of the shared segment to JOHN, MUAR TRAIL are the highest and most difficult track. The difficulty is due mainly due to the fact that the southern crossings (and therefore the first to cross) are the highest reach four miles. Although now were at a height of 2 km, likely have some symptoms of altitude sickness (headaches, nausea) although they usually pass within a few days. Due to the altitude of the crossings almost always covered in snow at the start of the season when you get them, which is why you don't want to start that early. You worry, let on GATHERING in April forecast regarding what is the optimum time to leave the MEDOWS KENNEDEY is the passage between the two sections. As mentioned the departure date is June 15, but it varies from year to year. These reasons if you choose to only thing PCT/JMT FILMS DISTRIBUTION it is recommended to do this, so you will have time to get used to the altitude and the time of snow melt at least most of your walking speed that would be 15-20 miles per day. This section has no access to vehicles with wheels so if you want to cross the continuously consume to carry with you at least 10 days of food, especially if you spend a day climbing Mount Whitney (the highest mountain in the u.s. Mainland and a side trail is recommended only if your shining from weather inside and you're willing to ignore the highway of the climbers to Summit the other way).    I carried with me 5 days of food hzrtivshbil Calypso segment and deck (and beautiful) MEXICO town and so I added myself nearly 20 miles and miles of climbing, but enjoyed the waterfalls and Lakes along the way.         The 750 kilometers below lower and become like Greece that the weather is warming up for the summer are less and less snow and more and more mosquitoes (and dense mosquito clouds I've ever where ever) the temperature at night usually not falling below (unless you slept in cold-sensitive). The route crosses into it with roads from the list so that catching a ride to wakefulness is usually a little easier than Southern California delivery points and remained less than 100 miles at it taking you for at least 5 days. Also large tourist towns when the highlight is South Lake Tahoe that many bkazinoas which can catapult on all-you-can-eat buffets. The money they lost as a result of your eating spree they receive back in'S MACHINES.

3) 1000 miles of Northern California and Southern Oregon Center. At this time the snow gone and with most striking views. do you in summer and lack of water in some sections of the walk on the Ridge suddenly becomes a problem again, especially if the spring was dry. Except for one missing water 30 miles (makes two dry pieces of 15 miles a score), out of the water and short of water shortage is less problematic than it was in the desert, both because water can be obtained if the moderate Ridge before descending, and due to the temperatures that are usually not over 30° c. 600 kilometers to the border of Oregon contains several interesting attractions like active area with volcanic geyser, bubbling mud pool of hot springs. The not always easy rides to towns at least until nearing the border of Oregon. The dominant town in the sympathetic segment is Etna although rather remote trail (ride quite easy) but contains the only hostel on the PCT. From Oregon border the landscape changes dramatically. The topography starts to resemble the landscape of rolling hills AT two important differences: the forests in Oregon, as the forests throughout the PCT are open pine forests and dense forests and mm you find on the East Coast. More importantly, as a compensation for the boredom of certain parts, almost missing the route for UPS or downs, and most people do in this step is the thirty day your order. The most prominent attraction in this segment is Crater Lake (CRATER LAKE)-Lake formed by a volcanic explosion, thousands of years ago, and is considered (by the Americans) as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Oregon is a country easiest to hitchhike along the PCT, although she still doesn't compare in this respect to most countries along the AT. The tispok section is the largest university town (and fairly expensive) Ashland, and small but good shop near Crater Lake. You can also buy food items (sometimes overpriced) and enjoy the restaurants in resorts along the numerous lakes near the runway. Mosquito season is coming to an end and so saved most of you blood loss from which you would suffer if you were visiting the region only a few weeks earlier.

4 1000 km) of the trail Northwest Oregon through Washington to the Canadian border, bringing with them the threat of rain it was forgotten almost didn't have endured so far. If during the trip will suffer more than 150 days 15 days of rain, you can consider yourself as unlucky. I've had 7-10 days of rain between Mexico to Canada, mostly in Washington. The trail passes just views of volcanoes, including what remains of the famous fast St. Helena which exploded in the early 1980s.  The subtle route of the Oregon Trail gives way to the ups and downs of Washington before he descends almost to sea level on the Colombia River Bridge (AT the veterans get d?j? wow crossing the Hudson in New York). A omalf down to Colombia through its path to the official PCT, partly hewn out of the rock and basalt moving behind a waterfall, a path that is not suitable for switching horses as what PCT. As the party for the region begins to remind more and more the riasiira with their tpograpia the highstand as indicators.  Now, when you arrived almost at the end of the track, the first snow may drop you when temperatures can soar once it gets below but if you have luck, it will melt in a matter of hours. If you're lucky and your travel trailer until mid-October, or early winter this year you may find your journey is interrupted now, just a few days before the final iadtchm.   In terms of supply, the only problematic in North Oregon where some 160 miles of track between one small resort and hotel visitors brother skiers on a nearby glacier each year and they may help prevent you from having to carry 7-8 days of food. I didn't have to confront the problem because I had to skip a section 60 miles due to giant forest area ashtolla (and the remains of charred remains no doubt look). Obtaining supplies in Washington State was a lot easier than I thought. Although most towns are 15-20 miles of trail, but there is nothing in Greece, the first ride is almost always get you to your destination. 100 miles was again the maximum distance between towns, but as Greece expected to rain on one of the pieces I took another day could so I could save myself a day walk in the rain. Please note that if you don't have luck to blessed American or Canadian passport to cross the Canadian border at the northern end of the PCT and continue on for a few more miles on the highway (although usually not guard the borders, but if they catch you as you try to return to the u.s. to deport you that is unlikely to be able to get again visa for the foreseeable future). Assuming you law-abiding tourists need to go south a few dozen miles from the border to American Road (eventually) to Seattle.

Which is better-AT or PCT- You need to decide. If you're like me and walk in hot and humid weather is the most exhausting thing you great advantage to PCT Is indeed hot sometimes, but always.  If on the other hand, the greatest pleasure is to eat a burger every other day three, the AU is in.

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