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Just wanted to introduce myself and ask for a little advice as well.
My name is Kristian and I have played a pretty minimal role on the list
other than asking the occasional question (i.e. about Rainier, food, etc.).
I am a sophomore at Oberlin College in Ohio, but am from Orinda CA (right
over the hill from Berkeley). Anyway, I am planning on through hiking the
PCT by myself in 99. Because of school, I have decided to start in June and
then take Fall of next year off so that I will be able to readjust a little
before confronting college life again. Because of this, I am planning on
starting in Canada in mid-June and then I ending whenever I really want (in
terms of school), but am hoping to end sometime in the end of Oct. Anyway,
after being on this list for a while I am now starting to get a little
nervous. I have realized how few people actually do it North->South! Is
there anyone on the list who has done it North->South that can address some
of my concnerns? I have also realized that more people take crampons than I
originally thought. I do not have, nor know how to use crampons. I have an
ice ax, but do I need crampons?
So basically I am getting a little nervous. I do not think I am
freaking out or considering not doing it, I am just wondering how much more
gear/knowledge/skills I am going to need to have before I start this trip in
order to finish it. Has anyone left from the South as late as early-mid
June? Is that a viable option? Thanks for your help. I am glad that this
list has become more friendly and less hostile as I think that I would not
have sent this e-mail if I was afraid of just getting ridiculed on the
list-serve for being some dumb novice/kid. Thanks for all of the helpful
information that you all have already shared. I hope it continues!
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