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Appalachian Trail 2000, Long Trail 2002, Pacific Crest Trail 2008, John Muir Trail 2008
"Yogi's PCT Handbook" has pretty much everything you need to know to hike the PCT. Some people think "adventure" comes from not knowing where you are, what you're doing, or what comes next. The rest of us buy Yogi's book. Indispensible.
Appalachian Trail 2000, Colorado Trail 2001, Pacific Crest Trail 2002, Long Trail 2004, Continental Divide Trail 2005
Rather than a traditional "this is a backpack, you can cut these straps to save weight and line it with your Z-Rest for stability" type of book, what you've got in Yogi's PCT Handbook is: "I use this backpack, it's worked for me now here is what 10 or so other thru-hikers have to say about their backpacks and the features that worked for them on the PCT".
Many different opinions from many different types of hikers are expressed. In this respect, it's kind of like the banter you'll find in any trail town when a bunch of hungry hikers sit down at a Sizzler and start to talk gear.
"Dude, why'd you spend $50 on that titanium pot when you could've gotten one for $5 at Wal-Mart that's lighter? duh."
It's funny. It's enjoyable. It is NOT dry. It is a good read.
Long Trail 1997 and 1999, Appalachian Trail 1998, Pacific Crest Trail 2002, Colorado Trail 2004, Continental Divide Trail 2006, Benton MacKaye Trail 2009, Tahoe Rim Trail 2009
Yogi's PCT and CDT Handbooks are both excellent books for planning long treks on the trails.
Yogi's PCT Handbook not only has town info, but has much useful information from many different hiker's viewpoints on gear, town stops, clothing, etc., for successfully completing a trail that goes from desert to alpine and back again.
Yogi's CDT Handbook has great information, is thoroughly researched and meant for the experienced long distance hiker on the Continental Divide Trail. It is a book that will make the logistics and planning of this difficult, but rewarding, trail a bit less daunting. Highly recommended!
Warner Springs Monty
14,000 miles hiked; 10,000 of those miles on the Pacific Crest Trail
Yogi is the Number One authority on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. In Yogi’s PCT Handboook, hundreds of hikers give you advice on planning for and hiking the PCT. It will cost you hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours of time to NOT buy it (from the motel and resupply advice alone). Yogi is dedicated to helping Pacific Crest Trail hikers. If it doesn’t help hikers, it’s not in the book. (And the book’s design and content also helps you keep your pack weight down!)
The Fun Goes Up When the Weight Goes Down © -Warner Springs Monty
John Muir Trail 2009, Aspiring 2011 PCT Hiker
Last week I ordered the PCT Handbook and it was sent to me wicked fast. Got it Saturday at my PO Box. Decided to go get something to eat and read a little. A few hours later let’s say I just didn’t want to put it down. Kinda like when I finished the JMT in July of 2009. I didn’t want my trip of hiking to ever end. The book is absolutely GREAT. Just finished the book today, Monday, and the funny thing is I am not a real big reader of books. I had things to do, but I got excited reading the book and was relating to my planning of my trip for 2011. Any first-timer doing the PCT should read this book, it’s just good reading and info.
I can relate to so many of the stories and almost can feel/hear the voices of the hikers and their opinions as I read. The information is great as well as how you put the book together. Please keep up the great work.
I will begin the PCT north in April 2010 and finish sometime in September. The PCT’ers I ran into in 2009 while doing the JMT, it’s their fault. They gave me the thru-hike flu bug . . . .