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[pct-l] finished...for now

Jan & Saskia;

Hey! It's great to hear from you again. I'm "Lightningbolt" and one of the 
five thru-hiker's that you mentioned having met in Skykomish as we all 
enjoyed a great time there beside the railroad tracks talking, joking, and 
somehow managing to get our backpacks repacked inbetween it all! I 
especially enjoyed the ride back to the trailhead with you packed tight in 
the back of Bob Norton's pick-up truck... a great conversation it was and 
hopefully I will visit Europe and Holland some day.

I'm glad to hear that you're looking at making the transition to a lighter 
backpack which should surely help to eliminate some of your sore knee 
problems. Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to gear, but if 
you'd like to see what I used on my 109 day thru-hike this year I have a 
very detailed gear list at the "Pacific Crest Trail" link on my website at 
I'm still scanning a ton of photos and should have my trip journal up within 
a month probably. Take care and it was a pleasure to have shared a small 
piece of the trail with you!

Dave Brock "Lightningbolt"
North Carolina

Message: 4Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2001 14:19:37 +0200To: pct-l@backcountry.net
From: Saskia <saskia.home@wanadoo.nl>Subject: [pct-l] finished...for now
Hi everyone,We have just arrived back in Europe. We have hiked from 
Pass to Stehekin on the PCT, skipping the section between White Pass
and Snoqualmie Pass. At the end of the hike my knees hurt and I
thought I'd be hiked out for a while. But now I long to do the part
of the PCT in the High Sierra. Maybe next year?
In Skykomish we met up with a couple of thruhikers: Ira and Ethan,
Nobo and Hersh and Lightning Bolt. All of them were hiking incredibly
fast and finished their thruhike around mid-August. By them, and by
other friendly hiking creatures on the trail we have been convinced
to change a few things in our hiking gear. Most importantly: tent and
pack. We've already partly replaced those.
>From a Moss Stardome II (8 pounds and 4-season), we've switched to a
North Face Slickrock (under 4 pounds). My hiking partner has switched
from a Lowe Alpine Crossbow 70+15 to a Marmot pack that weighs half
the weight of the Crossbow and carries about 40 liters. So now we are
going to experiment with our boots.
We thoroughly enjoyed the hike. We met so many wonderful people, who
invited us to their houses or shared their campfire and icetea with
us. We expected the impressive landscapes, but were impressed with
them nonetheless. It will be fun to follow this list for a while, as
a kind of 're-adjustment' to our flat lands and busy cities.CUSaskia--
---------------------Jan Heideveld & Saskia Darujanpalm@wanadoo.nl

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