[pct-l] Snow Questionaire for pct thru hike finishers
ned at mountaineducation.com
Mon Sep 25 14:51:47 CDT 2006
I will make them available on Mountain Education's website as soon as we can
compile it all.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Rebecca Mezoff" <rlmezoff at cybermesa.com>
To: <pct-l at backcountry.net>
Cc: <pct2006 at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Snow Questionaire for pct thru hike finishers
> And for those of use who may not make any of those seminars before
> hiking the trail next year, can you include your answers on the list
> of make them available somewhere? Or put them on the PCT2007 yahoo
> group list? These are pretty much all of the questions I think we're
> all having thinking about next year and if you can share the wealth
> and only answer once (because we're all going to be asking them over
> the next few months), it would be so great.
> Rebecca, PCT '07
> On Sep 25, 2006, at 11:47 AM, Ned Tibbits wrote:
>> To Jeff and all of you who finished this outrageous trail
>> experience and are trying to begin your new lives, can you take a
>> few minutes and share your thoughts on the following questions?
>> What you say may be used in presentations at ALDHA-West, the ADZ,
>> REI and other public seminars. Can we quote you? If you have any
>> specific pictures that would help others understand your point of
>> view on a subject below, could you include it in your response and
>> can we use it for presentation?
>> In light of your snow and ice challenges:
>> - What would you say was the best method of traveling over the
>> snow and handling the icy stretches? (snowshoes, boots only,
>> runners only, ice axe, crampons...)
>> - which was the safest, most injury-free?
>> - which allowed you the most miles?
>> - which kept you the driest?
>> - were you glad you had snowshoes?
>> - How many of you were injured in any way while on snow?
>> (strains, sprains, cuts, infections, submersions, hypothermia,
>> overexposure, dehydration, blindness, cramping, weight loss...)
>> - How would you recommend hikers avoid these injuries next year?
>> - What techniques worked best for stream crossings?
>> - any troubles with clothes drying out?
>> - what worked on your feet while crossing?
>> - anyone fall mid-stream and how did you get to safety?
>> - any lost gear?
>> - How many miles a day was realistic?
>> - did you have a strategy for accomplishing your miles?
>> (passes/streams early, really early starts, simply long days...)
>> - Were you prepared for how hard it was?
>> - how would you help the next class understand what to
>> - Did you have enough food?
>> - which worked best, Hot meals or Cold?
>> - what would you carry more of next time?
>> - did you go through more fuel or less than on summer trail?
>> - Did your poles work out?
>> - baskets hold up?
>> - poles bend or break?
>> - wish they were designed differently??
>> - Ice axe use:
>> - did they help while glissading?
>> - did any one fall and need to arrest their slide?
>> - did they help on the climbs?
>> - did anyone wish they had learned how to use them before
>> the trip?
>> - anyone injured by the axe, itself?
>> - Crampons:
>> - how often did you need them & under what conditions and
>> - what design worked best on runners or boots?
>> - did you feel more secure with them on?
>> - did they add to the safety of your trip through the snow?
>> - Were you warm and dry enough?
>> - what clothing combinations worked for you?
>> - any trouble with frozen items in the morning:
>> - water bottles, tent floors, pants, shoes, socks,
>> gaiters, bags, flies?
>> - did you take time somewhere in the day to dry out?
>> - if you had trouble with wet and frozen shoes, socks
>> & gaiters, how would you recommend others avoid what you experienced?
>> - Shelter: Tarp or Tent?
>> - did anyone experience bad weather on snow? (wind, rain,
>> - which type of shelter worked best for you or for
>> - What techniques worked best on sun cups?
>> - Any troubles with navigation?
>> - how would you advise/reassure future hikers regarding
>> following buried trail?
>> - what techniques/tools worked best?
>> - Traction and Sure Footedness:
>> - did you slip a lot walking on the snow or in mud once
>> off the snow?
>> - what would you do differently?
>> - Climbs and Descents:
>> - did you go straight up or switchback?
>> - did the snow ever make any strange noises in the pack as
>> you passed?
>> - did you get sick of the snow and choose rock routes up
>> or down?
>> - did you posthole down and was it the safest way?
>> - did you sit down and slide, stand and skate or traverse
>> - was walking in other's footsteps helpful, awkward or
>> - Sanitation:
>> - how did you deal with your used toilet paper?
>> - General:
>> - did everyone carry sunscreen, lip balm, and dark glasses
>> and use them?
>> - did you drink more water or about the same as summer trail?
>> - did you have any food cravings (like you were missing
>> something dietary)?
>> - any issues with communication out?
>> - any safety problems with group members getting spread
>> out on snow?
>> - any advice regarding resupply in the High Sierra (KM to
>> - Ultralight, advantages/disadvantages:
>> - does the ultralight philosophy adequately prepare you
>> for the snow experience or does it, basically, get thrown out the
>> window during this time?
>> - Forums, ADZ, PCT-L, publications, professional schools and
>> - can these methods adequately and realistically prepare
>> thru hikers for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual
>> challenges of the long trail?
>> - what helped you and why?
>> There is so much that can be said about the benefits of time spent
>> in Wilderness. What did this experience do for you and what do you
>> want to do with it?
>> A Thousand thanks!!!
>> For Information on Programs, previous Trips, and Photo Gallery,
>> Please visit: www.mountaineducation.com
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Jeff Singewald
>> To: pct2006 at yahoogroups.com
>> Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2006 8:32 PM
>> Subject: [pct2006] Re: pct thru hike finishers
>> When I finished on 9/6 I know of the following nobo thru-hike
>> Scott Williamson
>> Eric Dees
>> Peaschur (sp?)
>> Elevator (myself)
>> Scott and Eric both turned around and headed southbound on yo-yo
>> Additionally, I am aware of two other couples (Patience and Lico and
>> Bluegrass and Scarecrow) that signed the Monument register, although
>> there was mention elsewhere that they may have skipped a section of
>> the Sierras. I only mention this as you asked about border to
>> border, however, I do not have first hand knowledge.
>> I know that since I finished I have heard from both you and Lint
>> indicating you finished. I know that Lint went through the border
>> fire closure on 9/10 without problem. I would suspect that Mike
>> Mallory and Go-Go and Right Behind would have also finished sometime
>> shortly after you and Lint.
>> Keep in mind that we will not be able to use the monument register
>> this year because the Tatoosh fire closed the border for a period of
>> time and some folks have taken the detour and others have decided to
>> call it done at Harts Pass.
>> --- In pct2006 at yahoogroups.com, "karl jorgensen" <karlandpeggy at ...>
>>> Does anyone know how many of the 006 class have finished the hike
>>> border to border? Just interested. jorgy
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