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[pct-l] Watches, Compass, GPS, altimeter, thermometer, cell phones, Palm pilot, . . .

I agree with leaving most of those things at home Mr. Hummel, but I suggest
holding onto your compass until you pass the snow covered portions of the
trail.  Everything looks the same in the snow and without a compass I think
you could get into trouble or in the least turned around if conditions
proved adverse.  One of my most memorable days was a foggy, snow covered day
in Washington when without a compass I would have been sitting that day and
the next one out.  Of course I was teaching myself how to use the compass
that day, but that is a whole different story.  Keep those items that ease
your comfort level until you know you can safely part with them.  But by all
means, lose the timepiece.