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[pct-l] Some help with my mother


dooooode so many girls go alone.  This year they all packed together and 
formed "the Unit".  Needless to say all the guys tried to catch them.

You'll be fine.

-Mouse '04

>From: "Alexander F. Rigney" <arigney@uvm.edu>
>To: Elizabeth Hoffman <betseylou@mac.com>
>CC: pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net
>Subject: Re: [pct-l] Some help with my mother
>Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 22:41:36 -0400
>Hey Elizabeth,
>I'm toying with the idea of hiking the PCT this summer, so maybe I'll 
see ya out
>there.  One thing caught my attention.  Your from the Virginia/West 
>area?  I highly recommend attending the ALDHA Gathering in Pipestem WV 
if you
>can.  Its October 8-10 and is always a good time.  Tons of AT 
thru-hikers and a
>bunch of PCT completers are always there to put on slide shows, answer
>questions and help in planning and gear.  I went last year after 
finishing my
>AT hike and had a blast.  You might meet some other PCT dreamers too.  
As far
>as the AT, Shenendoah National Park is a good place to train.  Its a 100 
>long and about as gently terrain as the AT allows, a good warm up for 
>grading.  All of Virginia on the AT is beautiful, you can't really go 
>    As far as the issue with your mom, know that its totally normal. I 
>through this exact problem with my mom before the AT.  She hated the 
idea that
>I was going and that I was hiking alone (and I'm a guy).  The more 
>the better.  Lend her a PCT book or watch a film about it together.  
>her in planning, maildrops etc.  Nothing may help completely.  My mom
>completely changed her outlook when I got serious and the trip was 
coming to
>fruition.  When I was actually out hiking, she couldn't be more proud.  
>weird, but I guess thats just how moms are.  Don't let it get you down, 
>probably never gonna really understand. Good luck !
>    Alex (A-Train)
>Quoting Elizabeth Hoffman <betseylou@mac.com>:
> > Hi there,
> >
> > I'm new to the list serve and I just wanted to say I've really 
> > the first couple of weeks; most everyone seems to be knowledgeable 
> > helpful. I have a couple of questions.
> >
> > First, I'm planning on starting the PCT this coming spring, 
> > the end of March. I have lots of experience backpacking on 
> > weekend trips, (and a month in Italy, but that doesn't really 
> > however nothing even close to the amount I'm about to undertake. 
> > 23, in good shape, and I've got my bag down to just under 20 lbs. 
> > question is for those along the east coast (preferably near West
> > Virginia): Do you know of any areas where I could spend one to two
> > weeks hiking to get myself more prepared for the trip? I realize I
> > should be doing at least 15 to 20 miles a day. I've thought about 
> > part of the AT; I'm just feeling out other possibilities.
> >
> > Second, I am having some trouble with my mother. She is prone to 
> > quite a bit and every time I even mention the PCT she looks ill. 
She is
> > convinced I am going to either get attacked by a bear, raped or
> > murdered. I love my mother, and I was wondering if anyone has any
> > experience reassuring family members. Especially from a youngest
> > daughter. (Yep, I'm the "baby.")
> >
> > I would appreciate any suggestions to one or both of my questions.
> > Thanks!
> >
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