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u/DSettahr · 1 pointr/PacificCrestTrail

The Book Appalachian Trials by Zach Davis is about the AT, but it has some good information about the pros and cons of hiking with a partner, as well as what is necessary to make it work, that are applicable to any long trail. It covers the topic better than any other "how to" book of long distance hiking I've looked at does.

Another set of books that is also AT specific but still probably relevant are the Barefoot Sister's duology of books about yo-yoing the AT together- Southbound and Walking Home. They definitely had some blowups/fights along the way (some of which ended in tears), and the books are surprisingly honest in their descriptions of this psychologically difficult aspect of thru-hiking.

There is no guarantee that you guys are going to be compatible thru-hiking partners. And even if you are, it is still going to take willingness and effort from both of you to make it happen successfully. And even then, you're probably still going to have a couple of (potentially nasty) disagreements along the way. I agree with the others that working up to a thru-hike through some (relatively) shorter hikes that still require you to spend a lot of time with your SO is a good idea.

But don't just discount the idea because it is difficult or because you find major obstacles along the way to making it happen- being able to do something like this with your SO is a great way to become even closer with that person.

u/NWguy1979 · 2 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

Maybe both read, I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool For Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

u/howtohike · 3 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

There are things you know you know... 1+1=2

There are things you know you don't know... square root of 1 is?

Then there are things you don't know you don't know... I wasn't even aware there was a hiking trail going from ME to CA.

Yeah, it can be hard finding out that 3rd one. As a college student have they taught you how to google?

I'm not joking:

> Any tidbit of advice

Yes, read the PCTA's FAQ which answers all your questions...

Read Ray Jardine's book:

Read the 1000's of other books on how to backpack.

Watch the tons of hiking "movies". (that is a tiny portion of all the content out there)

Read the dozens of posts on this very forum posting gear lists (aka "shakedown") for their upcoming thru hikes:

Read this forum's sidebar of links. One of the most helpful ones are these annual surveys of thru hikers:

u/cwide87 · 1 pointr/PacificCrestTrail

That charger would probably give you a single charge. If you are only using your phone for emergencies (in airplane mode or off otherwise) then you should be fine. If you are using it for PCT maps, apps, or music/podcasts, then you will probably want something closer to 10000 mah.

If all of your big items remain the same, then I would recommend definitely taking it slow at the beginning unless you are already in great hiking shape. Your pack will be extremely heavy at first due to all the water you have to carry (and other stuff that you will immediately mail back). This will lead to a much higher chance of injury until your get your legs.

Also, from personal experience, it is much cheaper to lose weight (if you have weight to lose) before you go than to spend money shaving ounces on equipment.

u/FIRExNECK · 3 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

[I Hike] ( is not exclusively about the PCT but does have stories from it. It's a great read with stories from over 10,000 of long distance hiking.

u/Shydra · 4 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

Not the person you replied to, but when somebody asked about that a week or two ago this book was recommended:

I ordered a copy and only just started reading it, but I like it so far. I know next to nothing about the west coast, so it's nice to have an overview of plants and history and such.

u/bemental_ · 1 pointr/PacificCrestTrail

A lot of good advice here.

In summary:

Friction is the primary cause of blisters. Whether it's from too big/small shoes, sliding and rubbing are he primary cause. Do whatever you need to do to prevent / minimize the cause of the friction.

Wet feet, excessively dirty feet, improper shoe size are the main problems.

Tougher feet = endure more friction

But reducing friction is key as well.

Here are any number of methods to reduce friction. Here are a few:

  • well-fitting shoes - not too big, not too small, just right
  • Tie your shoes properly ever see that extra hole at the top of your shoes? This is what's for.
  • keep your feet dry, they rub differently/more when wet
  • can't keep your feet dry, try putting Vaseline or a similar lubricant (body glide) where you're getting blisters (Vaseline works wonders for me - no lie, not messy, easy to apply and has multiple uses).

    Also, trying giving the book Fix Your Feet a read. Good advice galore in there.
u/Wideflange · 2 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

I went with this Anker 10000 mAH battery at 6.4 ounces it's a couple ounces lighter than other 10 Ah batteries I've seen, and it's very small in size.

For solar I have a small panel from Sunkingdom that weighs 6.5 ounces on my scale. So a total 0f 12.9 ounces for battery and panel.

I used this same combo of solar panel and 10Ah battery on the colorado trail this past summer and found it worked well. Many days I would use the solar panel only, but it was nice to have the battery for the times it was cloudy for a few days in a row.

u/AMomentALove · 2 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

Thanks for the reply, that Jepson database seems like a very comprehensive source. The PCT website recommends these guidebooks but I'll have to look more into them

u/numbershikes · 5 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

Theres a nice poster-length, high quality map of the trail from i think natgeo. Amazon might have it for sale.

Edit: They also have at and cdt maps linked from the same page.

u/goodtim42 · 6 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

Before hiking in 2016, I read Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart and Hiker Trash both of which I thought presented accurate descriptions for what it's really like to hike the PCT. Not the most thrilling reads, but worth it if you're considering doing the PCT.

u/parametrek · 1 pointr/PacificCrestTrail

I've been playing with something but haven't taken it on any longer hikes. Remember the mp3 players we had before phones? There are still cheap ones being made. For example these but I don't have that specific one.

The benefit here is that you can load up a micro SD card with your music. No bluetooth and the phone doesn't even have to be on. Yes there is another battery to worry about but better battery life all around. Downside is that messing with playlists and micro sd cards sucks.

u/andrewholzschuh · 1 pointr/PacificCrestTrail

speaking just from our experience (me and my wife) plan on being stuck in a hotel for a week, on top of however many other zeros you planned to do. she got severe thigh chafing in oregon. she had never had an issue with chafing but I guess it was just cold and wet enough where the skin rubbed raw enough to the point of bleeding. she knew she was chafing but not THAT bad. had to use my spare pare of underarmor to make it to timberline lodge. it was bad enough where we needed to really keep it in a clean environment (a hotel) to prevent infection. All she could do was sit in bed for a week. too much movement would effect the skin growing back. There's always a chance that you will have some kind of injury or illness come at you out of nowhere. even if you're on top of everything. dont let this stuff scare you from doing the trail. just know most people brush this kinda stuff off and think "it wont happen to me" and it might not. but if you're prepared to deal with it, it makes the whole experience a bit less stressful. one last tip... I read the NOLS wilderness first aid book at the beginning of our hike. I recommend it. It gave me a lot more peace of mind about handling a situation if anything came up...

u/r_syzygy · 7 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

Ultralight Winter Travel: The Ultimate Guide to Lightweight Winter Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking

Written by the guys that thru hiked the PCT in the winter and thru skied the TRT

u/jrice138 · 7 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

Sawyer Products SP150 Coupling for Water Filtration Cleaning

I carried one of these. I only ever cleaned my sawyer in town so I’d just fill up my platypus and attach the sawyer to it with the coupler. But, also as someone said the plungers are practically in every hiker box.

u/bosun120 · 2 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

Still comes with that giant ridiculous syringe that everyone throws away.

Sawyer should just concede, partner up with CNOC, and package their filter with the following accessories & call it a day:

u/mattjv89 · 3 pointsr/PacificCrestTrail

These are the pocket guides I'm referring to, so far I'm gathering almost nobody has heard of or used them. Topo maps and resupply info in three volumes each about the size of an AWOL book so more convenient to handle and swap out in the mail than a stack of loose pages.