[Cdt-l] Hiker Quiz

Rick Ostheimer rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net
Thu Apr 2 17:13:27 CDT 2009

I got a 42.  Sounds low, but the verbal interpretation made me feel 

Speaking as someone from the midwest, I thought there was some skewing 
toward those with more ready access to high altitude (i.e. Colorado) as 
even on the PCT, there was only a brief time I hiked over 14000 (on 
Whitney).  A question related to the max daily elevation gain/loss might 
be less biased---as would questions regarding average daily miles on 
long trails----though that is biased too as AT miles are much more 
generally than PCT miles.  I averaged nearly 20 miles per full hiking 
day on the PCT, but only about 14 on the AT.  Can't speak for the CDT yet. 

We don't have much need for ice ax/crampons here in the east, though on 
a winter trip last year they would have come in handy.  To practice 
self-arrest, I had to take my ax to an area ski area.  Only got it out 
twice on the PCT, though there was at least two other time during a 
glissade down from Mt. BadenPowell and on a climb up Mather Pass on June 
11 at 6 pm after it was in shadow.

AT06, PCT08, CDT hopeful 10

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