Online Resources for PCT Planning
05/30/2011 09:55 AM.
- Pacific Crest Trail
Austin & Niki Williams have put together a comprehensive PCT resource guide
that includes information about resupply points, webcams, books, movies,
podcasts, and much more.
- PCTHiker.com -
includes a registry
of past, present, and future hikers...be sure to put your mug here!
- The Pacific Crest Trailway,
by Clinton Clarke - the book that started it all
- Walk (2004),
Still Walking (2006), Even More Walking (2007), and Walked (2009) ,
films about the Pacific Crest Trail and those brave, intrepid souls that hike
its 2650+ miles full of scenic lands, dangers and personal triumphs, created
by noted documentarist Scott "Squatch" Herriott
for a Shadow of the Past, the story of the Murray family's pioneering PCT
trip on horseback in 1971-72
- Backpacker magazine
Light - The Journal of Lightweight Hiking and Backcountry Travel
- Custom Topographic Maps
for the Pacific Crest Trail - On the Hiker Trash Heaven home page, click
"free topo maps" to see the detailed maps prepared by Tony Nitz.
- Pacific Crest
Trail CD-ROM includes pictures, mileage tables, elevation profiles,
water sources, resupply information, and topographic maps of the entire
PCT map site offers free printable maps for the entire PCT, along with GPS waypoints, GPS tracks, TOPO! files, and
Google Earth files.
has topo maps for southern California.
Crest Trail Atlas is a new series of small, light guidebooks that
include just the essential information for finding your way. The creator is
2007 PCT thru hiker Erik the Black.
The Weathercarrot wrote on PCT-L "Among others, the Western Regional Climate
Center [links below] has some of the most extensive historical temp and precip
data. A surprisingly large percentage of trail towns are represented there, as
well as many of the major developed passes (such as Stevens Pass)."
David Plotnikoff writes, "the
CA Dept. of Water Resources
has all its snow and river monitors, plus other weather stations, networked on
the Web. It's very simple to look at a station near or on the trail and examine
the historic highs, lows, rain, snow for any month in any year going back
sometimes to the 50s. The form online isn't perfectly intuitive. You'll have to
play with it. Essentially, you give it a date range, a sensor number and the
type of data you want and it plots it graphically. This has been VERY helpful to
me in planning for typical nighttime low temps, knowing when a section of trail
might be reasonably clear of snow, what the chance of rain is on a certain
section during a certain week or month of the year, etc ... And, as everyone
else here has already emphasized: Every year is different. Historic performance
is no indicator of future conditions. But you knew that."
Read about other hikers' adventures -- and document your own.
From south to north:
And check out these lists too:
- Adventure 16 - Southern
California-based retailer of high-quality gear for backpacking and other
- Proprieter Tin Man says, "AntiGravityGear provides quality ultralight
backpacking gear such as Pepsi can alcohol stoves, pot cozys, blaze orange
survival bandanas, headlamps and cooking pots."
Fringe - High quality outdoor gear for the ultralight fanatic, including
packs, quilts, and more
- Gossamer Gear - Ultralight
packs and information for lightweight backpacking from ADZPCTKO patron and
ultralight innovator Glen Van Peski
- Trekking poles
Gear - Unique lightweight external frame packs
- Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics
- if you want to make your own
- Tiny LED flashlights
- Six Moon Designs
- Innovative ultralight tents and packs from Ron "Fallingwater"
- Tarptent - Henry
Shires sells improved versions of the tarp/tent he made for his 1999 PCT
hike, or you can make your own using his free plans
- The LED Light -
LED flashlights and LED components for those who want to build their own
- Thru-Hiker - Gear and resources
for long distance hikers
Adventure Equipment - PCT '99 veteran Brian Frankle says, "We provide comfortable and functional
equipment for veterans of ultralight travel, and for those who just cut the
handle off their toothbrush."