[Cdt-l] link to a hiker quiz

Scott Piddington sp2mtns at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 3 09:00:26 CDT 2009

I thought the Hiker Quiz was a blast even before I got my score of an astonishing 59%. It made me think back and reminisce about so many adventures. Some of the questions even made me laugh. Thanks Fiddlehead. 

It seems to me that many thruhikers believe they are "professional" or "expert" backpackers just because they thruhike. I bite my tongue when I hear a thruhiker with no other hiking experience make such a claim. A thruhike is an incredible achievement but there are many other backpacking challenges. I had 40 years of backpacking experience all over the country before my first thruhike. Of course, now I fear I am adicted to thruhikes. Living in NH accounts for many nights & miles on snow. Adventures in Wyoming, Colorado, Florida, & Alaska accomadate many of the other questions.

No matter how much anyone does there will always be some one who does more. Who cares. Just get out there, have fun and be happy about what you can and do do.

AT-04, PCT-07, PCT-08, CDT-10?? (see you there Handlebar)

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Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2009 18:13:27 -0400
From: Rick Ostheimer <rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [Cdt-l] Hiker Quiz
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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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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 19:44:47 EDT
From: CicelyB250 at aol.com
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] link to a hiker quiz
To: fiddleheadpa at hotmail.com, cdt-l at backcountry.net
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Cool - 43%  I think it helps to be "old".  CicelyB
In a message dated 4/2/2009 12:38:24 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
fiddleheadpa at hotmail.com writes:

Hello,  my first post under my new login  (forgot my password for the old  

I hiked the CDT many years ago.  
I have made up a quiz  which is basically my thoughts on what is important 
(or not) in learning or  honing hiking skills.

I put it out on the AT forum and got flamed  pretty hard by some of the 
newbie's there.

I would like to put it on  this forum and see if there is any difference in 
the attitudes towards it,  scores (if you care to post your results), and any 
Feel free to say what you think.  I'm a big boy and can take  it.

Here is the link to my blog and the quiz:   

thanks  everyone,  fiddlehead

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