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[pct-l] Re: PCT advice

RE: water filters,  how are you planning to hike the trail?

Are you going the Ultra lite-Water Cache dependant route or are you going to
obtain from natural/man made sources & carry most of your water?

I'd say if you are going to use water caches the Katadyn mini filter is
sufficent, otherwise I prefer the Katadyn Camp. It's certainly not light @
23oz, but it puts out 5L/per hr with little or no effort and there is no
pump to break!

And belive me you'll need lots of water along the Southern California Region
of the trail, I'm not sure were you're from but be assured it's very
different from northern and eastern US



----- Original Message ----- 
> Message: 11
> Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 20:06:14 +0000
> From: "Erin Reading" <ninskyaroo@hotmail.com>
> Subject: [pct-l] PCT advice
> To: pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net
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> Hello!
> I'm going to be thru-hiking the PCT in 2005, and I have a couple questions
> would love for you guys to answer...
> First, I'm about to order my sleeping bag from Feathered Friends, and I
> wondering if it would be better to get the Quantum Pertex fabric, which is
> the lightest they have, or the Epic, which is heavier but much more
> waterproof and durable. I'm going to be hiking with my dog, who I'm sure
> will be walking and sleeping on it quite often also, so I'm not sure if
> Quantum will hold up well enough.
> Second, is the Katadyn Mini Filter an OK choice for a filter?
> Third, I would love to have some dog advice...most of the books I read are
> far from helpful, being almost offensive. He will be two years old when we
> hike it and in extremely good shape. He climbs mountains about three to
> times a week in the summer and two to three times in the winter and
> absolutely loves it...he can handle class 2 stuff fine and a little class
> He has also done fine doing really long mileages with lots of elevation
> gain...like yesterday was like 20 miles with over 9000 ft total elevation
> gain and he did awesome. So, I'm not too worried about him being fit
> but I'm not sure what to do about his feet, backpack, or food.  Where in
> world do you get ultra-light hiking gear for dogs? What is the lightest
> best food? Are boots enough, or does he need extra foot care? If anyone
> hiked the PCT with their dog, I would love to correspond with you!!!
> Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!
> -Erin B & Kosmic