Yogi’s PCT Handbook, July 2018 edition.
430 pages, basically a textbook on hiking the PCT. Trail legends and veterans offer PCT hiking advice:
“Yogi” Jackie McDonnell (Double-Triple Crowner with 20,000 miles)
“BINK” Scott Williamson (Triple Crowner with 46,000 PCT miles)
“Anish” Heather Anderson (Double-Triple Crowner, with fastest known times on PCT, AT, AZT)
“Scrub” Christopher Burke (AT and PCT hiker)
“Hiker Box Special” Michael Henrick (PCT hiker)
13-time PCT thru-hiker Scott Williamson says: “Having done the PCT numerous times now, I cannot think of anything I would add to this book if it were my creation. Back on my first PCT hike in 1992, I used the Wilderness Press guides and a AAA road map to plan my PCT hike. I couldn’t even locate anyone who had hiked the trail. I really had very little to go off of. I would have paid $250 for Yogi’s book. It is still the most comprehensive and useful single source of material for planning any PCT hike that is available, it is worth its weight in gold!”
This is the book you’ve been looking for. The thought of planning and completing a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike can be overwhelming. There’s so much to learn: how to resupply, what shoes/gear to buy, how to survive in the desert and the snow, what Guidebooks to purchase, etc. Yogi’s Pacific Crest Trail Handbook answers all these questions . . . and more.
This valuable planning and hiking resource is written by hikers for hikers. It takes the confusion out of pre-hike planning and on-trail logistics. It is a collection of different opinions from people who have thru-hiked the PCT. We’ve been where you’re going. We’ve done what you’re about to do. This is the stuff we wish we knew before we thru-hiked.
The first half (154 pages) is a collection of tips from previous PCT thru-hikers on a variety of hiking topics such as:
- Maps and Guidebooks
- Sleep Systems
- Ultralight Hiking
- Desert Advice
- Sierra Advice
- Travel to/from the Start/Finish of the Trail
The second half (284 pages) is the Trail Tips and Town Guide. Mileage matches Halfmile’s 2018 mileage.
TOWNS: Valuable information for 100+ hiker stops (near-trail stores/towns/Resorts/Trail Angels) including:
- How to get to/from each resupply location
- Town Maps
- Maildrop Information
- Exactly what each town/resort has for resupply, lodging, restaurants, ATM, internet, fuel, shower, etc.
- Historical data of every water source from Campo to Kennedy Meadows (“the desert”)
- Historical data of all critical water sources from Kennedy Meadows to Canada
- Where to go at confusing trail junctions
- Sierra-specific information: tips for crossing the passes, bear box locations, canister-required areas, Sierra Public Bus information
- Detour information
- The best places to eat
- Hiker-friendly motels
- 13-time PCT thru-hiker Scott Williamson has contributed his comments regarding water availability and places few people know about.