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[pct-l] Observations

Just got off a 5-day backpacking trip to Whitney Portal. Two things I noticed alot were: (#1) All the new HEAVY GEAR and new clothes.  Everyone looked like they came out of a Backpacker Magazine ad. Many backpackers were carrying 50-65 pounds. (#2) The lack of sun protection.  Many were dressed like they were going to the beach or a picnic instead of high radiation country.  Too many were without good head protection.  This whole thing was too bad because a lot of folks were suffering needlessly.  Happy Trails, Switchback