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Re: [at-l] KC's Dates for Shelters/Mileage/Mail drops
- Subject: Re: [at-l] KC's Dates for Shelters/Mileage/Mail drops
- From: Owen <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 22:34:57 -0500
- Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org
> In a message dated 12/11/98 2:25:21 AM, you wrote:
> >9 Carlo Sh 17
> >10 Baldpate Lean-To 16.4
> Very ambitious miles through the Whites. ...
> Having hiked extensively in the Whites I know you have to >really be careful of the weather. In bad weather a section can take >three times as long as in good weather. Or it can be impossible to >hike during severe weather conditions.
KC - I'll second that. By that time you are starting to get REALLY tired
- and in my case, my knees were blown. It was a long time after
starting the Whites before I was ready to do more than 12 mile days
again - past Rangely I think. Then in 1988 we ran into white-out
conditions one day going over Saddleback. I hiked blind, but did a short
day, my companions turned back. I know who was smarter :-) If you do
Mahoosuc Notch as a short day, it is playtime. You can have a lot of fun
there. But if it is part of a long day - it can be a real trial. And an
utterly exhausting (not fun) day.
But you know (or at least you've been told) that a schedule is for
general planning - throw it out once you're on the trail. Planning is
fun - and you get to know the trail - but don't take it too seriously.
The trail itself, weather, your body, companions, hunger, etc. will
dictate your actual schedule. Stay loose. I've spent three years
studying the CDT routes - and I know that the final decisions on where
we go and when won't be made until we are actually en route. There are
simply too many variables (including Chaos striking again!)
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