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RE: [ft-l] Thanks to all -- especially the list "table mates" and a few questions

I tend to agree with Jeff's definition of a long-distance hiker.  Some of my
week-long treks in the mountains (over 10,000 feet)  sure seemed like one heck
of a long distance (including looking down!).  So I hope I qualify.  Also agree
that it should not be confused with thru-hiking, two different objectives.

A friend used a space blanket (bag actually- it came sewn that way) to
supplement her sleeping bag on one of my mountain hikes.  She scrunched down way
inside (it was COLD!) and the next morning she was soaked-- her breath condensed
inside the space bag and made a LOT of moisture (we poured it out).  My advice
would be-- if you use a space bag, don't scrunch!

Great meeting all ya'll!  We're already working on next year's conference-- any


-----Original Message-----
From:	Jeff Walters [SMTP:jeffjw@geocities.com]
Sent:	Sunday, 07 March, 1999 11:39 PM
To:	ft-l@backcountry.net
Subject:	Re: [ft-l] Thanks to all -- especially the list "table mates"
and a few questions

>First -- what the heck IS a long-distance hiker? Is it measured by

That's an interesting question.  Now, lets NOT mix this up with the
definition of a thru-hiker!  Quantitatively speaking, I would have to say,
"Anyone who backpacks for more than just a weekend period (2-3 days)".  But
some would say that the terms of thru-hiker and long distance hiker are the
same, I don't believe that there are.  Anyone else have an opinion on this?

>Oh -- another question -- anyone else out there play with those so-called
>"space blankets"? I love mine, for the great warmth and very light weight,
>gee whiz they rattle a LOT. This trip was my first time out in my very own

I a true emergency situation, I don't think too many people would complain
(only out of jealously).  It stinks to be cold.  Did you use a sleeping bag?
What kind?

Happy Hiking,
Jeff Walters
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the
essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. (Thoreau)

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