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[pct-l] weight, etc.

well said!  Hike your own hike.  Read the list to see what other 
people are doing... take what you like and leave the rest.


> As with everything in this life of ours, weight of pack and length
> of your hike, is always, relative.
> As a 54 yrs. of age female (and over weight) when I tell people
> (1) I hiked alone; (2) for 14.4 miles; (3) in one day (4) was not
> afraid of bears or any other animals; (5) was not afraid of any
> potentially 'mean' people, and loved every moment on the PCT, 
> they can barely believe it. Their jaws drop and they think I am
> close to being Wonder Woman, herself!
> And, to the non-hiker type people, I can tell them all of the
> above and add that I carry 30 to 35 pds. (+/-) when I go
> backpacking and watch their eyes get even larger as they look at
> me with total admiration (or am I seeing in their eyes
> confirmation of what they've always suspected...JoAnn REALLY is
> crazy?!)
> BUT, to the folks on this list, mainly you thru hiker types (whom
> I truly respect), all of the above, is all but totally boring,
> overly heavy, too few miles, child's play.  To me, and that's the
> only one I really care to 'listen' to, it's delightful, just the
> right amount of weight for my enjoyment, heart-fulfilling, soul
> nurturing and challenging. Perfect for me.
> Heavy or light; big or little; soft or hard (easy guys); too much
> or too little; cell phone or not; GPS or not; CDs or not, etc.,
> etc. If your soul is touched and your heart is smiling while on
> the trail, well...what else can be said...your pack and everything
> else was just right!
> JoAnn
> "Use what talents you have: the woods would have little music if
> no birds sang their song except those who sang best."
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