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Sites of Pacific Crest Trail and hiking interest ... which will be added to




PCT SITES

PCT MAPS & GPS INFO - Excellent site where you can download free section maps for the Pacific Crest Trail.

PCT MAPS & INFO - Another excellent site where you can download Pacific Crest Trail Google Earth maps with trail overlay. Site also contains miscellaneous trail information and FAQ's.

BackPack45 - Their PCT page has some useful information and links for those contemplating the PCT.

Dances with Marmots - A Pacific Crest Trail Adventure - Promotional site for the book. Site also contains some hiking and PCT information and tips.

Digital Deserts Pacific Crest Trail - Site with photographs of the southern end of the trail.

Pacific Crest Trail Association - The PCTA!

PCT Experience - Read about Jonathan Ley’s experience hiking along the PCT - some nice pic’s.

Wikipedia - PCT - Wikipedia entry for the PCT.

SITES of GENERAL HIKING INTEREST

Altitude.org - Information on altitude sickness with calculators for determining oxygen content & pressures at various heights above sea level.

Backpack the Sierra - Site with a variety of information pertaining to the Sierra Nevada and hiking in general.

Digital-Desert - Interesting site with a variety of information and photographs of the Mojave desert and southern sections of the PCT.

Hiking And Backpacking - Multiple resources for hikers and backpackers.

Hiking Equipment Site - Dedicated to providing you the best information and advice on a variety of hiking equipment and other hiking related matters.


jerky site logo Marks Daily Apple - This looks like a pretty cool method of making your own jerky using an oven.

n2Backpacking - Site of 'Birdshooter', documenting his many hikes plus links to forums and hiking resources.

One Pan Wonders - Teresa 'Dicentra' Black's site where you'll find recipes for the trail and various hiking related links.

Outdoor Adventure Canada Interesting site covering many outdoor aspects. Forums, etc.

Outdoorzy - Many aspects of the outdoors - gear reviews, trip reports, forums, etc.

Survival Acres - This site should meet your food requirements!

Te Araroa - The Long Pathway - The 3000km trail that stretches the length of the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Trailjournals.com - Backpacking Journals Trail Journals - Want to get the 'feel' for various trails? Excellent site where you can post or read trail journals.

Cool site where you can select a road or highway that crosses the trail and then view the map of its location.
Good for roads that cross the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Continental Divide Trail (CDT), Appalachian Trail (AT) and Appalachian Trail shelters.


USOutdoor.com - Excellent range of outdoor clothing and hiking equipment.

More than just a hike, a serious expedition. Ex Brit army officer Ed Stafford has been travelling since April 2008 in his attempt to walk the length of the Amazon river and is hoping to make it by May 2010. Follow his progress where you can also make a donation to one of his favourite worthwhile charities.

Weather Underground - Check out the weather and five day forecasts for towns along the PCT and worldwide.


A PCT COMMENT

Preservation of existing wilderness areas is important, not least the areas traversed by the Pacific Crest Trail.
The following is an article by Oregonian staff reporter Mark Larabee...

At risk: the Pacific Crest Trail

Thousand Island Lake and Banner Peak
Thousand Island Lake and Banner Peak, just off the Pacific Crest Trail in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of California.

By Mark Larabee


The Pacific Crest Trail that runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington was only a dream in 1926 when Catherine Montgomery, a retired teacher from Bellingham, Wash., first proposed the idea for a contiguous hike along the crest of the Western mountains.

By 1932, Clinton C. Clarke of Pasadena, Calif., a successful oilman, began a letter-writing campaign, asking the nation's leaders to support setting aside a 10-mile-wide swath linking the John Muir Trail in California, the Skyline Trail in Oregon and the Cascade Crest Trail in Washington. Clarke founded the Pacific Crest Trail System Conference that same year, including in the group representatives from the Boy Scouts of America, the Young Men's Christian Association, the Sierra Club and the Portland-based Mazamas.

So there was already a huge national trails movement afoot by the time President Johnson, in February 1965, called for the development and protection of trails systems in the nation's cities and countryside.

Perhaps Clarke's letter-writing efforts three decades earlier helped put the weight of the presidency behind the idea that there is value in trails, one that cannot be measured in dollars.
Regardless, more than three years after his original speech, on Oct. 2, 1968, Johnson signed into law the National Trails System Act establishing two national scenic trails -- the Appalachian and the Pacific Crest.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the act. Today, there are eight national scenic trails in various stages of development as well as 18 national historic trails, including the Lewis and Clark, stretching from Missouri to the Pacific Northwest. That's a lot to celebrate. These trails help connect and preserve some of the most scenic wilderness tracts in the country.

But despite the efforts of many dedicated people who spend their lives preserving and maintaining these great hiking and horseback riding paths, federal funding for these national scenic treasures has been historically inadequate.

"Money for land acquisition has all but dried up," said Liz Bergeron, executive director of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. "The (Pacific Crest Trail) has received only $10.5 million in federal funds for buying land."

That wasn't always the case, she said. The Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail's older cousin back east, has received about $190 million in federal funds.

The Pacific Crest Trail was officially "completed" 15 years ago with a ceremony in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. But today, 250 miles of the trail corridor are still held by private landowners and many properties are in danger of logging, development and mining.

It's time that the government find the money to buy this land and preserve the trail.
Even while government land purchases have all but ended, the U.S. Forest Service has increased maintenance funding for the Pacific Crest Trail. The Forest Service funding for the Pacific Crest Trail Association has grown from $87,000 in 2004 to $668,000 this year.

Bergeron said the agency realized that instead of maintaining the trail itself, as it used to, it could stretch trail dollars by giving them to the nonprofit. That money helps pay a staff of 13 who advocate for the trail and coordinate the volunteers who in turn gave almost 60,000 hours to trail maintenance projects last year.

But even that funding is tenuous, Bergeron said. That's because the Forest Service has primary responsibility for fighting fires on much of the land the trail runs through. In a typical year, the agency spends about half its annual budget fighting fires.

"Every time there's a huge fire season, like we've had every year over the last several years, funding for (other) programs is affected," Bergeron said. "Congress needs to take firefighting out of the regular budget."
Bergeron's group is left to buy land by soliciting public donations.

There's a mile of trail in southern Oregon that needs protecting right now. The 153-acre Keene Creek property will go on the market in February unless the Pacific Crest Trail Association can come up with $300,000 to buy a conservation easement from the sympathetic landowner.

The property is inside the boundary of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and includes large meadows and stands of pine, fir and cedar. It is home to deer, elk, coyote and black bear. And its proximity to Highway 66 allows access for both day and long-distance hikers.

Unless it can be purchased by the conservation group, new owners could log and develop the property while leaving only a 10-foot-wide easement for the trail.

I don't believe that's what Congress and President Johnson had in mind when they created this National Scenic Trail four decades ago. To me, it's a national shame that we are still fighting to save these properties.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., has introduced a resolution recognizing the 40th anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act. While the document singles out the Pacific Crest Trail, it acknowledges the more than 60,000 miles of national trails. It also takes a bold step in calling on Congress to reaffirm its support and to provide funding for the trails.

The Pacific Crest Trail connects three states, three national monuments, seven national parks, 25 national forests and 33 federal wilderness areas. Hikers and horseback riders are witness to the stark symmetry of the desert, the awesome power of glaciers in the Sierra Nevada Range, and the poignant beauty of the Cascades.

The Pacific Crest Trail embodies the idea that recreational trails may be our best link to our country's vast "diversity of landscapes," as DeFazio's resolution describes it. Congress should adopt DeFazio's resolution and back it up with more money for trails.

For me, places like the Pacific Crest Trail allow me to become part of the land and get away from a life connected to computers, telephones and freeways. My wife, Carol, and I spent a week in August wandering the Ansel Adams Wilderness in the Sierras, and we hoofed many dusty miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. These experiences help us rejuvenate our minds and bodies. It's our collective responsibility, whether we'll ever go out into the wilderness, to ensure that it is preserved for those who will follow us.

Conservationist John Muir, an early advocate of preserving wilderness, understood the value of going into the wild.

"In every walk with nature," Muir said, "one receives far more than he seeks."

In 2005, Oregonian staff reporter Mark Larabee hiked 488 miles across Oregon for a series of articles titled "On the Pacific Crest Trail." You can reach him at 503-294-7664 or marklarabee@news.oregonian.com





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