[pct-l] AL SHAVERS jmt record attempt up-date

dsaufley at sprynet.com dsaufley at sprynet.com
Fri Sep 29 12:01:43 CDT 2006

Your concern is very reasonable, Reinhold.  Buzz Saw (Jeff) and I went into Rae Lakes over Kersarge and Glen Passes last weekend, and the temperatures were down in the 20s at night.  People can get hypothermic when temps are in the 50s.  

The good news is, all the snow patches are gone, and the water that was everywhere in June and July is gone.  The fords are now rock hops.  Amazing difference.  


-----Original Message-----
>From: Reinhold Metzger <reinholdmetzger at cox.net>
>Sent: Sep 28, 2006 10:20 PM
>To: pct-l at mailman.backcountry.net, Deems <losthiker at sisqtel.net>, Monte Dodge <montedodge at msn.com>, Hiker97 at aol.com, henry shires <hshires at jps.net>, John Stamstad <JOHN_STAMSTAD at patagonia.com>, Rex Spaith <adventuresierra at yahoo.com>, Robert Ellinwood <rellinwood at worldnet.att.net>, mat masterson <lsmbam at netzero.net>, clair234 at cox.net, archer1933 at sbcglobal.net, donm48 at att.net
>Cc: Reinhold Metzger <reinholdmetzger at cox.net>
>Subject: [pct-l] AL  SHAVERS  jmt record attempt up-date
>Al called me from Lone Pine to inform me he is going in for the third time
>to attempt to set a new unsupported record for the JMT.
>He first went in Sept. 7 but had to bail out because animals got most his
>He went back in Sept. 20 but had to bail out again because of foot problems.
>He went back in yesterday evening to try a third time.
>I'm sure he will be successful the third time around, he is a tremendous
>athlete, and after 20 days of acclimation he may very well be the most
>acclimated hiker the JMT has ever seen.
>Al is a great & likable guy and I am a little concerned about him.
>We backpackers go into the Sierra prepared to live in the wilderness with
>everything we need no matter what the weather condition.
>Trail runners have support teams and therefore don't carry tents, sleeping
>bags or sufficient cold weather gear for snow or extreme cold weather
>conditions which is always a potential, especially this late in the year.
>They have their support teams to lean on.
>Al is running it like a trail runner but without a support team.
>I tried to reason with him he will not be able to sleep at night without a
>sleeping bag and hypothermia
>is a real possibility if he encounters stormy weather.
>But, Al's mind is programmed like a trail runner.....he is not planing on
>sleeping much at all....he will run all night and only cat nap in the day
>time at lower elevations so he does not need a tent ,sleeping bag, or as
>much cold weather gear.
>I ask,  AL,  what if you fall and break your leg or suffer some other
>disabling injury at 12000 ft and you get trapped in snow or freezing
>The weather forecast is good, but it can turn on a dime in the Sierra.
>Like I said I am CONCERNED about AL.
>JMT Reinhold
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