[Cdt-l] Hiker Quiz
at_anitra at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 2 19:58:19 CDT 2009
I thought the question said over 14,400. Which does give Colorado residents a slight advantage as it has 3 (I think...) Elbert, Massive and Harvard over 14,400 but only by 33, 21 and 20 feet respectively. And then Whitney. I think that question was more geared towards McKinley, Aconcagua, Everest Base Camp, Kilamanjaro, etc.
But it's also possible I miss read the height requirement. Sometimes I scan and don't read. The snow questions didn't bode well for those of us who live in an area that doesn't really get snow (southern california) but I am ok with that trade off!
Anitra I. Kass
--- On Thu, 4/2/09, Rick Ostheimer <rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
From: Rick Ostheimer <rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [Cdt-l] Hiker Quiz
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 3:13 PM
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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