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[pct-l] various replies to digest
- Subject: [pct-l] various replies to digest
- From: KBerger466@aol.com
- Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 18:52:33 EST
A couple of responses to the last digest:
* I second the opinions on the negativity of the guidebook. Just ignore all
the whining. Those guys need to spend some time on the AT. Especially ignore
the whining in northern Washington -- it's absolutely spectacular. Yes, there
are lots of 3,000 foot climbs, but so well-graded you pracitcally float
uphill (And this is ME writing that, folks -- I'm the original uphill wimp!)
Their information is really good though -- being a writer myself, I'm in awe
of the amount of detail they got in there and how accurate they are.
* Re freeze-dried: Dan and I have occasionally used a lot of it, when we've
gotten a good discount (Trail Foods is a really good company that offers good
discounts and occasional sales). Anyway, I also start to feel really run down
and underfed when eating a lot of freeze dried. We compared the weight of a
heavy freeze-dried meal for 2 people (ie: what the package SAYS is 4
portions) to a meal of one package of mac and cheese (for the two of us) plus
a can of tuna fish, a couple of ounces of real cheese, and some parmesan.
Some of the heavier freeze-dried actually weren't a lot lighter. Same for
some tomato paste leather, spices, and 1/2 pound of spaghetti. (Again for the
2 of us.) I like having the odd freeze dried around for those awful weather
days when you just want to boil and chow down. But I don't like trying to
live on it.
* Great post, Goforth -- would like to see that tent up close and personal,
because it sounds like it has the right stuff -- could it be pitched on hard
ground above treeline? That's always my prob with the non-freestanding
lightweights, because I like to be able to pitch on gravel in a teeny corner
way up high. Any one have any suggestions? I was also very moved by your
account of the trail crew work. Thanks for doing it.
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