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[pct-l] Seattle Times article



Here is the link to the seattle times article

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/northwestweekend/134337674_hike06.html

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> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 08:03:41 -0700 (PDT)
> From: eric jensen <echristopherjensen@yahoo.com>
> To: pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net
> Subject: [pct-l] seattle times article on lightweight PCT hiking
> 
> Check out the PCT trail lightweight backpacking
> article in today's Seattle Times newspaper:
> 
> www.seattletimes.nwsource.com
> 
> It appears this person was propped up by the big-name
> gearmakers associated with Backpacker magazine.  I
> think we can all immediately see where he could
> further save weight if he was truly thinking
> "ultralightweight" (he uses this term pretty loosely).
>  I wonder if the Times would consider a challenge to
> report on how those of us rely on as much (or more)
> the homemade and cottage industry gear as that of the
> MSRs and TNF of the world?
> 
> Besides the choices of gear, I also have other
> misgivings about the article.  He laments about not
> having the time to enjoy the surroundings due to his
> quest to put in high mileage, suggest that lightweight
> travel risks your "well-being", and is not wise about
> his hydration and nutrition efforts.  I think we would
> all agree that the wise, careful, and prepared
> lightweight hiker can enjoy their experience without
> sacrificing the benefits of the surrounding beauty nor
> risk life/limb or adequate energy level.
> 
> 
> OneMan 
> (apparently an "ultralightweight zealot" according to
> the reporter)  
>