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[pct-l] Hello, new to the list

I have trekked in Nepal: Everest Base camp, Annapurna Circuit, Kanchenjunga BC and Makalu B.C.
I am a Netherlander,(Doeg! Nl'ers) lived in Seattle between 1980 and 2000 and am now living in

Last fall I came out to meet Bill Davies, through hiker, in Washington, and I ended up hiking 125
miles of the PCT, ending at Stehekin. Now I want to do the whole PCT this year. I want to know
more about the best time to start: "Late enough to avoid the snow and early enough to avoid the
bears." When is that? I would really like to get done in time to make it to Burning Man at the end
of August.......
What is the gathering in Campo that is about to take place, when?


Talk about Chlorine: see http://www.eclearwater.com/ChlorineandYourShower.htm 
"Chlorine is used almost universally in the treatment of public drinking water because of its
toxic effect on harmful bacteria and other waterborne, disease-causing organisms. But there is a
growing body of scientific evidence that shows that chlorine in drinking water may actually pose
greater long term dangers than those for which it was used to eliminate. These effects of chlorine
may result form either ingestion or absorption through the skin. Scientific studies have linked
chlorine and chlorination by-products to cancer of the bladder, liver, stomach, rectum, and colon,
as well as heart disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), anemia, high blood
pressure, and allergic reactions. There is also evidence that shows that chlorine can destroy
protein in our body and cause adverse effects on skin and hair.

The presence of chlorine in water may also contribute to the formation of chloramines in the
water, which can cause taste and odor problems."
Since chlorine is required by public health regulation to be represent in all public drinking
water supplies, it is up to the individual to remove it at the point-of-use in the home.

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