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Re: [pct-l] El Nino

On Sun, 26 Oct 1997, ALAN JULLIARD wrote:

> >i've heard el nino pretty much wipes out the possibility of a through hike in
> >98 due to snow.  true?
>   How times change!!  I can't believe what I read here.  Is everyone planning a
> thru-hike these days so tunnel-visioned?  Whatever happened to adventure and
> spunk?  When I did my thru-hike (and others on this list as well) in 1975, it
> was assumed that you had to go through the snow; the only other choice was
> walking 395 through Owens Valley, which meant no choice in my view.  I was
> there to do the trail: it came with no guarantees for an easy to walk path from
> Mexico to Canada, one simply dealt with whatever the conditions were.

Many times it is harder to say no than it is to say yes. Adventure and
spunk lose all meaning when you walk into something you can't walk out of. 

>   Just once, I would like to hear someone say "El Nino!  What a great
> oppurtunity to do the PCT!".  Not only will you have a worthy challenge, but
> you will have the entire High Sierra to yourself (as we did; the only people we
> met along the way were some mountaineers who had come over Bishop Pass for the
> long Memorial Day weekend and a couple doing a high traverse on skis).

Perhaps you could have the High Sierra to yourself, forever. 


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