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[pct-l] Introduction

Idyllwild: IDLE-wild
Agua Dulce: didn't you take 7th grade Spanish?=) AH-gwuh DULL-say, if you're
doing the typical gringo pronunciation; if you've had a coupla margaritas,
AH-gwah DOOL-say
Tuolumne: TWALL-uh-me


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From: pct-l-bounces@mailman.backcountry.net
[mailto:pct-l-bounces@mailman.backcountry.net]On Behalf Of Stoveman uk
Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2004 2:39 AM
To: pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net
Subject: [pct-l] Introduction

Hi all,

I've decided after a good year or so of learning some great stuff from this
list that its time to stop lurking and say hi & thanks for everything I've
picked up. We've learnt a lot about the trail that isn't found in the
guidebooks, and bought a lot of new gear!

My wife Michele and I (Dave) are planning a thru-hike next year (2005).
We've hiked & mountaineered a fair bit before but never more than a couple
of weeks at a stretch so this will be our first long hike & we're really
looking forward to it. We did the Tour Du Mont Blanc earlier this year (105
mile alpine hike) to test our gear out and found the lightweight approach
was fantastic.

A couple of rather random questions that are probably seem rather simple,
but to someone from this side of the pond are hard to figure out:
1) How do you pronounce 'Idyllwild', 'Agua Dulce' and "tuolumne'. most of
the others I can figure out, but I is idyllwild idle or idyllic?! (After
discovering Calais was pronounced callous in the US I've found I can't rely
on European pronunciation)
2) We're contemplating a canister stove for some sections (carrying a .3oz
alcohol stove as well in case we can't get fuel) - the increased fuel
efficiency of a canister stove mean that for 2 people we find it lighter if
its more than 7 days between refuelling.  Do the small handheld blowtorch
cylinders in the US have the same coupling as canister stoves?  (over here
in europe they're all the same EN417 coupling so our blowtorch canisters
will fit a pocket rocket making it much easier to resupply from a hardware

Thanks in advance for any help on these.


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