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    Yes, a very informative video.

    I suspect that he has hiked to HWY 74 near the Paradise Cafe and hitched into Idyllwild. Waiting for conditions to improve before tackling that ridge? The fire detour forced hikers down off the ridge by Spitler Peak last year, but now all the sections of the trail has been opened back up to hike through. It will be interesting to see how he approaches it.

    He has made a great connection there with the guy who writes the San Jacinto report, I would say no worries for second chance here, he will be well advised. He may be in Idyllwild for sometime waiting for some snow melt, hope he stays in shape in the meantime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randy.shopher View Post
    With YouTube and the likes of Dixie, Darwin,Bigfoot et al hikers should be knowledgeable before they set out. There is a bounty of information out there.

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    Why? Too many on here want to be spoon-fed their hike. Nothing wrong with learning on the fly. As has been mentioned a couple of times, he has shown himself to be quite resourceful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuneElliot View Post
    Ha ha...I couldn't think of the correct phrase we usually use....but I guess it's "money where his mouth is"
    Well, being a Brit...
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    Why is his trail name "Second chance"? Did he try thru hike and failed? I thought it is his first attempt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephanD View Post
    Why is his trail name "Second chance"? Did he try thru hike and failed? I thought it is his first attempt.
    I think it is a reference to his morbid obesity and having a second chance at life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imscotty View Post
    I think it is a reference to his morbid obesity and having a second chance at life.
    Makes sense. I hope he does not gain the weight back. This is going to be the hard part once he's back home.

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    Let him first lose the weight...


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    Quote Originally Posted by T.S.Kobzol View Post
    Let him first lose the weight...


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    Correct.
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    Wonder what Second Chance is going to do next...

    Jon (the interviewee) seemed to basically say the trail was impassable at present without winter mountaineering gear and experience - and he looked like he knew what he was talking about.

    Is it possible to skip ahead of the San Jacintos, and then double back for them later? (Excuse my ignorance, I live 4,000 miles away..)
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    He could certainly skip this for now and come back and fill in. Or he could wait, a week or two could make a big difference. I don't think he has said what type of hike he hopes to have.
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    I thu-hiked the PCT in a big snow year. I went over Fuller Ridge on May 6. There was still so much snow the PCTA was recommending that people hitch around Fuller.

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    There is a new video... from Scissors Crossing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo8gFNh8yVA
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    Good to see he is still in good spirits and enjoying being out on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephanD View Post
    Why is his trail name "Second chance"? Did he try thru hike and failed? I thought it is his first attempt.
    His last name is Chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imscotty View Post
    There is a new video... from Scissors Crossing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo8gFNh8yVA
    The videos are totally disjointed.The latest video has him starting out from Julian after a snow storm. The previous video had him at a highway crossing over an intermittent small river he called Scissors Crossing. The video before that he was in Idyllwild interviewing a local mountaineer about the conditions on the mountain above Idyllwild. Bizarre!
    Oh. He is 33.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    The videos are totally disjointed.The latest video has him starting out from Julian after a snow storm. The previous video had him at a highway crossing over an intermittent small river he called Scissors Crossing. The video before that he was in Idyllwild interviewing a local mountaineer about the conditions on the mountain above Idyllwild. Bizarre!
    Oh. He is 33.
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    Regardless of all that, it's nice to see someone take childlike joy in things like encountering "new to them" cacti.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    The videos are totally disjointed.The latest video has him starting out from Julian after a snow storm. The previous video had him at a highway crossing over an intermittent small river he called Scissors Crossing. The video before that he was in Idyllwild interviewing a local mountaineer about the conditions on the mountain above Idyllwild. Bizarre!
    Oh. He is 33.
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    I think the answer is that he is now some distance and probably many days ahead of the point the videos we are seeing. The Idyllwild interview was not one of the numbered hiking videos, and seems to have been taken out of order. The hill he climbed in the current video is the hill after Scissors Crossing, so his travel seems to be continuous. It makes sense for him to take a break in Julian from Scissors Crossing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    The videos are totally disjointed.The latest video has him starting out from Julian after a snow storm. The previous video had him at a highway crossing over an intermittent small river he called Scissors Crossing. The video before that he was in Idyllwild interviewing a local mountaineer about the conditions on the mountain above Idyllwild. Bizarre!
    Oh. He is 33.
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    I believe he threw in the Idyllwild video early (ans out of sync) as the interview included information he thought was important to other hikers - it was more an information vlog, rather than a trail vlog.
    He took refuge in Julian at the end of the previous vlog.

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    It still doesn’t explain the apparent departure from Julian on the closed snow covered road up to the PCT and a return to a snow covered Julian when he stayed at a different accommodations. Complete with a fireplace and afternoon tea.
    And no video evidence of his visit to Warner Springs.
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