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Re: AT thru-hiking seminar/ women on the trail

On Wed, 13 Mar 1996, E. George Oeser wrote:

> mainly college age men, and there were a few there, but most of the people 
> there were actualy women in their 40's and 50's. I have read that the 
> average age of thru-hikers seems to be going up, but never had any idea that 
> the amount of women interested in the trail was at such a high level. Does 
> this seem to hold true with what recent thru-hikers have seen on the trail?
> It was great to see so many women there and I hope to see many of them out 
> on the trail as well, I had often times thought that the trail might be a 
> major testosterone festivle, and even though I'm a man I would hate to have 
> to put up with 5 to 6 months of that. I think it would be nice to have lots 
> of women and their points of views on hiking out on the trail.

	Indeed there's a lot of us out there. In 81, when I hiked, I 
remember being impressed with these 2 women who were then my age now. I 
actually ran into several groups of women, and hooked up with another 
solo woman for a couple of great months. You know, although the majority 
of hikers were male, it was rather rare that I ran into the testosterone 
regalers..On the trail, most of us were .. hikers. There were many ways 
that we all hiked the trail, some doing 20 plus miles a day (not I) and 
some meandering (I) but I figured we each carried away a really special 
set of memories... There were even times that I ran down the trail with a 
full pack for the joy of it. I think you'll meet such a great variety of 
people out there...as I reread my journal this past weekend, it was 
filled with numerous tidbits about not only the nature but the people.