Last weekend we hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 94 to the Lake Morena Campground. We stopped at Hauser Creek for lunch, and to enjoy the fall colors. After lunch we hiked out of the Hauser Canyon and on to the Lake Morena Campground.
I have been doing some blog reorganization recently. Information about Pacific Crest Trail Maps, Smartphone Apps, and other Halfmile Projects will be moving to Halfmileproject.org. Check it out to learn the status of various Halfmile Projects and find other useful Halfmile PCT information.
Lon.net will remain active as my personal blog. Photographs and information about my various travels will continue to be posted here.
On this morning’s hike up Mount San Miguel, we walked up into the clouds. On the way down, as the clouds started to clear, we could see the Otay Mountains in the distance.
We made another hike up Mount San Miguel on Sunday. Great views, but a steep walk up. About 4.8 miles round trip, with just over 2,000 feet of climbing. The area is starting to be discovered. We are seeing many more hikers on the mountain now, than a year ago.
Tumbr was great because it’s so easy to post updates, especially for mobile users. I had a difficult time deciding between WordPress and Tumblr. They are very different approaches to blogging — Tumblr is simple but limited; WordPress is more powerful, but with a little added complexity. Ultimately, the power of WordPress won me over (and it’s not really very difficult to use WordPress).
Lon.net is now hosted by WordPress.com, which is the more limited of the two WordPress versions. You can’t add your own plugins, widgets or themes. Only those provided by WordPress.com can be used. The advantage, is that WordPress engineers take care of keeping the software updated, secure, and running quickly. The last think I want to do, especially if I’m away on a long thru-hike, is worry about updating WordPress plugins from a ridgetop somewhere along the Pacific Crest Trail.
What is your favorite blogging platform?
This morning’s views above the marine layer on my hike up Mount San Miguel in Chula Vista.
The Halfmile Pacific Crest Trail Android smartphone app has been released and is available free from the Google Play Store.
Halfmile’s PCT is a companion smartphone app for Halfmile’s Paciﬁc Crest Trail printed maps to aid navigation on the Pacific Crest Trail. The app uses your smartphone GPS to determine your exact location, if you are on the PCT or one of its side trails, and it calculates distances to 1,700 PCT landmarks. The app also calculates elevation gains and losses to landmarks. Halfmile’s PCT app is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones. The app currently does not contain maps of the Pacific Crest Trail — think of is as a very accurate, location aware, digital PCT Data Book. Other features of the app include:
- Download and Go — no extra configuration or data needed
- Simulation mode for hike planning and hiker support
- Provides specific “how to walk there” instructions for all points
- Calculates cumulative elevation gains and losses to all points
- Powerful search function for features like water sources, campsites, and resupply locations
- Calculates which printed map pages contain your location
- Works without cell phone service
- Matches the data and calculations of the iPhone edition exactly
The iPhone version of the Halfmile PCT app is available from the Apple itunes app store.
A FAQ that explains features of the Halfmile PCT is available at this link.
The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,669 mile National Scenic Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.