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    Great question, and I bet most will say things...

    Great question, and I bet most will say things like "it will be crazy crowded next year", but I say there are too many variables to make an accurate prediction. I would say be prepared to do...
  2. Yep. it really is a ton of fun to plan, I'm...

    Yep. it really is a ton of fun to plan, I'm sitting here busily planning a 1500 mile LASH of the CDT this summer (assuming things get better, a Big assumption, I know). But again, everyone's...
  3. We all have our Modus Operandi.... mine is...

    We all have our Modus Operandi.... mine is fairly well planned out with, of course, great flexibility built in.

    I'm a spreadsheet person, used them (as a big part of my job) ever since Lotus...
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    We destroyed ourselves doing a 14 miler on mixed...

    We destroyed ourselves doing a 14 miler on mixed snow/ice in the Lost Creek Wilderness (CO). Yikes, toughest 14 miles I've done in a while, constantly switching foot gear from hiking shoes to...
  5. It's starting to look really bleak for any PCT...

    It's starting to look really bleak for any PCT hiking this year as the PCTA is basically invalidating any permits, if I understand this correctly. I believe the various jurisdictions involved are...
  6. Well, as said, not being able to stick with a...

    Well, as said, not being able to stick with a thru hike is annoying, but BFD, no worries really, but it does kind-of help to whine a bit about it.... :-( My heart does go out to those that quit...
  7. Back on to the PCT. Probably at South end of...

    Back on to the PCT. Probably at South end of Sierra, Kennedy meadows, and try to get at least rest of California done.
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    Play it again, if you're luck, you'll get 2-3...

    Play it again, if you're luck, you'll get 2-3 easy questions and if you're careful about picking the location, you'll get thousands of points each. I'm the same on shelter names, I only remember a...
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    6540, 4000 of which I got by locating Amicaloa...

    6540, 4000 of which I got by locating Amicaloa Falls SP, too easy. Yeah, you gotta be exact though to get the Big Points.... I'll try again..... 14,240 ! Three easy questions ( Shen. river...
  10. Your wording makes it sound like the Tiger Wall...

    Your wording makes it sound like the Tiger Wall is not a side entry tent, which of course it is. I basically see little difference between the inside space of the Tiger Wall vs. the Copper Spur. ...
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    Not any more, McD finally stopped using them...

    Not any more, McD finally stopped using them about a year and a half ago. thankfully they still had them in the spring of 2018 when I did the McDonald's Challenge at Cajon pass....
  12. A Tonnage of Ridiculously Heavy Backpacks.

    A Tonnage of Ridiculously Heavy Backpacks.
  13. For the record, the Tiger Wall UL2 with a dyneema...

    For the record, the Tiger Wall UL2 with a dyneema stuff sack (zpacks) and all attached original cordage is exactly 35 oz, or 2lb, 3 oz. IIRC, my Copper spur is over 3 lbs, so probably about 1 lb...
  14. Maybe already said.... check out the BA Tiger...

    Maybe already said.... check out the BA Tiger Wall UL2. Significantly lighter than the Copper Spur, but has essentially the same room inside. I own both, an older copper Spur, which we loved, but...
  15. Yikes! I figured as much though.... the FIRST...

    Yikes! I figured as much though.... the FIRST thing I did when I returned from my PCT "attempt" last week after only 7 days on the trail :-( is to instantly quit the PCT 2020 facebook group...
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    Well, I was a rocket engineer (Titan, Atlas,...

    Well, I was a rocket engineer (Titan, Atlas, Delta) for 35 years, and I blow a mean snot-rocket. And I used to hike quickly, not so much anymore.... I go by "Rocket". Not very imaginative.
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    What on earth does this have to do with the flu,...

    What on earth does this have to do with the flu, other than both are viral? Are we heartless because we have not discussed the, what, 50,000 deaths due to auto accidents every year in this...
  18. Just a quick editorial comment: The effect of...

    Just a quick editorial comment: The effect of COVID-19 on our hiking plans this year HAS to be the ultimate definition of a "first world, white people problem". BIG deal that we have to postpone...
  19. Yup, 3/12 was one of the coldest/wettest days of...

    Yup, 3/12 was one of the coldest/wettest days of hiking imaginable (by me, at least) in Southern California!
  20. Here's the leap-frog method I'm referring to in...

    Here's the leap-frog method I'm referring to in detail...

    Say you have a trail, like the CO trail, and you break the trail into 8 segments of 4 days each. Segment 1 is the start, 8 the finish....
  21. Well, I did leave the trail a few days ago...

    Well, I did leave the trail a few days ago actually. My wife wanted me home PLUS, now in retrospect, it is the right thing to do in my opinion.

    The mood on the trail from 3/11 to 3/18 (the day I...
  22. I dind't explain the leap-frog method well,...

    I dind't explain the leap-frog method well, because actually, both hikers are together, though they don't have to actually hike together or even camp together, going the same direction, the only...
  23. Yeah, I do suppose one could reasonably still do...

    Yeah, I do suppose one could reasonably still do a long hike if he/she had direct support. Still, he/she would probably want an occasional actual shower/hotel/hostel, and to do some laundry I would...
  24. Yeah, I pulled myself off the PCT after just 7...

    Yeah, I pulled myself off the PCT after just 7 days and a little over 100 miles.... :-( Because of the need to use town facilities on long hikes, it's just not smart to stick with a thru hike,...
  25. I got a ride to the Campo t/h last week with...

    I got a ride to the Campo t/h last week with Ashley Cushing, a super-cool and friendly PCT trail angel who resides on the PCT 2020 and PCT trail Angel facebook pages. Sorry, I don't have any other...
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