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Charlie Knight

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Even when you're 6000 miles away, the trail still finds a way to kick the shit out of you http://www.charlie-knight.com/post-trail-depression-nostalgia-pct/ #pacificcresttrail
Acclimatising to being back home has been hard. Post-trail depression and intense nostalgia have hit, but the next adventure is just around the corner
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Libris Fidelis

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The ‘Land of Giants’

If ever there were a place that makes a human feel ant-sized, it is Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Roughly one-third of the world’s naturally occurring sequoias grow in 75 groves in these adjacent parks, according to the National Park Service (NPS). The trees require high soil moisture and only grow between certain elevations (5,000 to 7,000 feet—1500 to 2330 meters) on the western slope of the southern Sierras.

The towering sequoias are more fragile than they appear; more than once, human activities have threatened to fell them. The creation of the park in 1890 saved the Giant Forest, one of the park’s largest groves, from logging. Inside that forest, visitors can marvel at the world’s tallest tree, the General Sherman Tree, which stands 275 feet (83 meters) tall and has a 36-foot (11 meters) in diameter at its base.

A report commissioned in the 1960s found that development in the Giant Forest was having negative effects on water flow and growth of the sequoias. In the late 1990s, the Park Service began to clear existing structures out of the grove to restore it to its natural state. Since then, NPS has demolished nearly 300 buildings on more than 231 acres.

The image below of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was captured by Landsat’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) on September 1, 2016. The image was overlaid on terrain data from the ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM). It shows the park’s dramatic elevation change from 1,370 to 14,494 feet (418 to 4418 m). Peaks appear sharper, in higher relief, with lower contrast along gentler slopes. Together, the parks cover a combined 1,353 square miles (3,500 kilometers).

This year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. We are celebrating this milestone with a gallery of images that you can see here.

Download a larger version of this image here:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88803

See our national parks gallery here:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/NationalParks/
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Justin Arn

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Hitting the trail again this year. But Southbound! 
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I'm planning a solo.Any tips for me.
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Charlie Knight

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Hi all! Starting in April I am raising money for the mental health charity SANE by walking the 2650 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Mental health is an issue I am extremely passionate about and any amount, whether it’s just £5 or £100, will be greatly appreciated and you will be providing life-changing support for someone struggling with mental illness.

Thanks so much,

Charlie Knight
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Wishing you tremendous health and happiness in your journey
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Charlie Knight

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Under 2 months to go until my Pacific Crest Trail start date! Update from my practice hike in the Peak District involving navigational issues, friendly dogs and toilet tea.
A practice hike in the Peak District to prepare myself for the Pacific Crest Trail
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What do you do to prepare your body for such a long hike ?
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Charlie Knight

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Hi everyone! I will be doing a northbound PCT thru-hike in April, raising money and awareness for the mental health charity SANE. Please have a look at and subscribe to my blog if you are interested :) 

Thanks, Charlie

http://www.charlie-knight.com/hiking-the-pacific-crest-trail-pct-from-mexico-to-canada/
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I planned in march
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Brad Biocca

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Hitting the PCT this weekend.
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Enjoy the walk. Wish I was there
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We day hike the lower two miles of the South Fork Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains.  This is part of the alternate route for the Angeles NF endangered species closure at Eagles Roost.
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Brad Biocca

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Brad Biocca

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Pictures of our 16 mile hike on the PCT.
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+Ed Schernau We missed you. Maybe next time.
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Matt Williams

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A short section of the PCT from Tuolumne Meadows YNP northbound (solo trip), with a slight detour up Matterhorn Canyon. I did this in a loop as opposed to a one-way. 
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Back in the 1960's I wandered all through this area with a ruck sack and a break down fly pole.... Did not run into many other people..... Lots of wild life..... But very few people..... Thanks for sharing
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This group is for all those who love the PCT. Whether it's for a short afternoon jaunt or a multi-month ramble, you know that you're trail family. Come on and join the group. Also, be sure to follow the +Pacific Crest Trail Association!

Charlie Knight

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My review of the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Tent on the Pacific Crest Trail

http://www.charlie-knight.com/pct-gear-review-big-agnes-copper-spur-ul3/
A detailed gear review of the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 tent on the Pacific Crest Trail - is it worth the weight and the price?
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Justin Arn

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"We are more than a speck of carbonic flesh flung upon an unimportant hulking mass of earth. Within each of us is the godhead we so desire to know, or as may be the case, wish to forget."



http://journeyonthepct.blogspot.com/2016/08/foot-and-soul-damage.html


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Thank you. :)
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Hello Community, later this year I am planning on doing a 4 day round trip. The closest PCT trail head to me is one hwy 410 in WA state. At Chinook pass. Does anyone have any suggestions of direction, North or South? Is one way more scenic? treacherous? Has lakes or ponds? 
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Charlie Knight

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How I will avoid being eaten by bears on the Pacific Crest Trail
The steps I will be taking to avoid getting myself or my food eaten by bears on the Pacific Crest Trail
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Bells to let um know your there 
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Mile 1172 sunset 
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Any warnings you can relate to look for
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chris brewer

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Warner Springs near Eagle Rock
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Ya thanks
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Jason Moriarty

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Hey everyone, 
I'm hiking the PCT this year and just started a blog please take a second to check it out and spread the word if you find it useful or interesting.
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Thanks for the feedback and encouragement! I'll be posting more in the near future. 
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Brad Biocca

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My personal favorite: Sorry it was left out of.
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Brad Biocca

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Is anyone in So-Cal interested in getting together for a pit-bull hike and play? Free, safe parking. Less than 15 miles round trip. Water available for our pit-bull friends along the way. Hot springs for us to enjoy at the turn around spot. Come with me on a guided tour of the high deserts own Deep Creek, Hot Springs along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Come enjoy the outdoors with Brad, Joy, Mayhem, and Nestle
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We (my dogs and I) will be making our first trip to Deep Creek Hot Springs this year on Sunday January 18th.
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