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[pct-l] new guy on the list
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Greetings! I'm joining the PCT list after a decision by my wife,
Shell, and me yesterday to start the PCT next May, planning on a 3 yr
Background, in short:
Bob: AT - 1980-83. PCT - 1985-91. AT - 1992-95. CDT -
1996-2002. Ah, yes. the C&O Canal (most enjoyable) in 1997
Shell: From Bear Mt on the Hudson to Katahdin on AT - 1995.
The CDT from 1996-2002
My goal here is to try to locate info on the various changes (tons, I
know) on the PCT since I did it before. To that end, I guess I'll have
to spend lots of time in the archives, unless any of you know a better
way. Of course, I will compare the current and old guidebooks
side-by-side, but I know there are many changes in trail life,
challenges, water availability, hostel possibilities, trail angels, etc
that aren't in guidebooks. I confess to hearing zero, nada, nulla,
niente, nothing about the PCT since I finished it, except for an
occasional groan about severe trail erosion from a friend who's been
working away at the PCT.
We have a dog named Tuckerman (yup, after Tuckerman Ravine) who did
1,000 miles on the CDT with us. I know he can handle most of the PCT,
but I have concerns about the southern 500 miles of HEAT, after my 1985
experiences. So, my first two questions:
1) Do any of you know how I can dialogue (off-list, I suppose) with
anyone who has taken a dog in that first hot section from the
border to the southern Sierras?? I would love to
touch bases with them.
2) Is there any informal Xeroxed info floating around, like a
hiker's "Trail Companion" with all kinds of trail goodies in it? I know
about the guidebooks, Data Book, and Town Book. Anything else
I should try to get my hands on?
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