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[pct-l] Hi, and some questions
I just found this list, and read some of the archives. Looks great.
My partner and I are planning on hiking (at least) the California section
of the PCT this year, starting about May 6 or 7 from Campo.
I have a couple questions that you might be able to help with.
Ice Ax: I just weighed my ice ax and it weighs 1 lb 12 oz -- a lot! How
much lighter do they come? I'm considering shortening it and
removing the spike on the end of the handle. How short can it
be and still be safe for self arrests? I don't plan to use it
as a walking stick. The head seems to de made of steel -- are
any made with aluminum heads? Or is this too weak? Again this
is planned for self arrest only -- no ice climbing or belaying.
Dogs: Before I start, let me say that I realize that dogs are
controversial. Please, no flame wars! We are planning on
bringing our dog for the dog-legal part of the trip. Does anyone
have any experience hiking long distances with a dog? I'm
concerned about her feet, which can get pretty beat up even hiking
a few 5 hour days in the Sierra. Has anyone ever made dog shoes??
How did it work?
Food: By what fraction do you think daily caloric intake increases? If
I usually eat, say 2500 calories, will I suddenly be eating 4500?
I definitely don't want to pack too much food!
Thanks in advance for your help
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