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Luke Snyder wrote:

>This "versus" question may apply to some, but for me
>and many of the others on this list, I'd like to ask
>another question.  Here goes.  After hiking and
>enjoying the PCT, is the entire experience tougher to
>hike another trail (either AT or CDT, knowing the
>blisters will last, muscles will ache for months, body
>will be damaged more, hunger pains will come sooner,
>and mental anguish will stir about)?

Luke -
If you wait two years after your first thruhike, your body will heal and 
you'll forget all the "pain" stuff.  For some of us, the Trail is an 
addiction - and we can't wait to get back out there.  There are others who 
never think about it again.

>I don't mean to dowse his fire, but is anyone
>considering trying to "purist-like" thru-hike all
>three in the near future?

At this point in time, that's not possible - anyone who tells me that 
they've done a "pure" CDT thruhike is a liar.  You can't do a "pure" hike on 
a trail that hasn't even been designated yet.  So the "purist" Triple Crown 
will have to wait - indefinitely, I hope  :-)

Walk softly,

"Cutting the space budget really restores my faith in humanity. It
eliminates dreams, goals, and ideals and lets us get straight to the
business of hate, debauchery, and self-annihilation." -- Johnny Hart

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