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Volunteer Crew + Mail from Hikers + AT Extension
- To: AT List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Volunteer Crew + Mail from Hikers + AT Extension
- From: Kathy Bilton <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 8 Mar 1996 21:28:04 -0500 (EST)
A few days ago, I announced that there was an application for the ATC-run
volunteer crews on the AT page. Since then, I asked Jeff to send me the
text that accompanied the form. The explanatory text is now
there as well. URL: http://www.fred.net/kathy/at/crewform.html
As per Roly's suggestion, I added a little more of a disclaimer to the
file sent from Quebec about the authors' thoughts about the AT extension.
I had indicated it was just a mystery file that arrived in my PO box one
day, but I thought I would add a little more to try to clarify that it
was not any sort of official position on the whole thing...
Below is some email from the Kushmans. They left Springer (I think) on
the 1st and sent this out several days later, I assume from a payphone,
or some phone, somewhere further north. (This first message seems to
have been totally written before the hike was started.) I'm planning to
put their messages on a page and make it available on the AT page after I
get their next one.
Date: 07 Mar 96 11:21:02 EST
From: Richard Kushman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
RE: 1996 Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail
Richard and Kathleen Kushman
Beginning of journey...
This is the first, I hope, of many updates from the Appalachian trail.
Now while flying to Georgia to begin our hike seems like a good
time to reflect on the last very hectic three months. Call this
a pre-hike equipment evaluation. We have read everything we could find,
talked to many other hikers and listened to the sales people make
their case for what they sell. We think we have chosen our equipment
wisely, time will tell.
Here is what we did ...
PACKS ............... KK - Lowe sirocco
RK - Osprey Helix
We tried on many and with weight. We bought the packs that felt the
most comfortable, period.
There are many high quality packs available both external and internal
frame we ended up picking internal because they simply felt best.
BOOTS........ KK - Vasque Super Hiker
RK - Raichle Mountain Guide
What's to say, both good quality and they felt best to us.
TENT...... Mountain Hardware
We just liked it. Plenty of room, excellent quality, and not too heavy
for two people.
SLEEPING BAGS ..... KK - Cats Meow - NF
RK - Big Kazoo - NF
We pretty much followed the recommendations of others. Synthetic
fill (Polyguard) was thought best. Then why did I get a down filled
bag? I needed room and the Big Cat (NF) was very comfortable but didn't
compress nearly enough, unless we took no food. The Big Kazoo offers the
space and actually compresses smaller than the Cats Meow. I will
certainly have to keep it dry.
RAIN GEAR :.. KK - Mountain Hardware
RK - Mountain Hardware
Triple Gortex jackets, fit good and received good rating in Backpacker.
We opted for less expensive pants just to get us through the first few weeks.
WATER FILTER ... PUR Hiker
I read all the first hand reports and complaints I could find on Compuserve,
AOL, and the Net There were a few different filters that some people
thought excellent The only filter that had no complaints about clogging
was the Hiker. initially I was concerned that the pore size (.5) would
not be small enough but several hikers were not happy with clogging and
stopped using a filter with no side effects. The Hiker seemed a safe
bet for this trail.
STOVE Camping Gaz Tristar
This choice was interesting in that CW says a MSR Whisperlight. We liked
the ease of use and safety of the Gaz. Cartridges are much more
available now and some people have been known to mail drop them,
two of the 270 cartridges weigh one pound...we will see on this choice.
FOOD Alpine Aire
We got a good bulk discount on backpacking meals. Really simplified mail
drops and planning. Good variety, dinners only, we purchased
approximately 130 and some deserts.
We are sending updates with a Sharp Zaurus, which is a small computer
like device. It weighs one pound, we plug into a phone and link
Our gear choices will have much less to do with our success than the
mental drive and spirit we need to accomplish an adventure
like The Appalachian Trail.
RK - KK
No trail names yet.