[Cdt-l] tripple crown chicas
jonathan at phlumf.com
Sun Nov 7 13:05:18 CST 2010
When I was on the pct, I remember a time when one of the solo women in our group was talking to a younger girl in a campground about her hike and the pct. The younger girl just seemed in awe that a woman could get out there and do such a thing... Like it was opening all these possibilities in her mind. She was asking all these questions, and just lapping up the answers. I hadn't really given it much thought until that point... But I think it's often moments like that one that can change one's life forever. I don't know what became of that girl, but I have to think that her dreams got bigger that day.
On Nov 7, 2010, at 9:33 AM, sage Clegg <sageclegg at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi- I saw this posting and couldn't help but to get on my soap box even though I try not to do this kind of thing, especially in a public forum. This message has nothing to do with CDT water info or trail beta- sorry!
> I have been wondering how to track down triple crown records too. I saw an awesome documentary on the PCT with Yogi in it & she was hiking with a 17 year old who was shooting to become the youngest triple crowner, external and internal gonads regardless. I am not sure if she did it or not, but more power to her for getting out there and spending her teen years on the trail! I wish I had started back then- but maybe I would be more ruined than I am.
> As far as women's hiking records, I am curious because I can find all kinds of inspirational hikers (that isn't hard to do- anyone who gets out for a thru-hike is a hero in my book) but thru-hiking seems to be a male dominated field and records of any kind are hard to find.
> Of the CDT hikers I met this summer I guesstimate about 1/4 of us were female. I would pin about that same fraction on the PCT hikers I met last year. Does that sound about right to everybody else? Am I just a bias wack-o?
> I think women do really well on the trail once they get out the door and get a few hundred miles under their belts, and we certainly have an easier time hitching... I think the initial skepticism & fear surrounding the idea of a woman traveling alone in the wilderness, the societal pressure, is a huge hurdle that most women have a hard time leaping.
> I wish I could tell every lady that wants to go for a big hike just to ignore the fear and negativity & just give it a shot. I would like to see some women with some records just to help get the word out that chics hike too & it's not like we get attacked or live in fear with every step while we are out here. Maybe it's just that thru-hiking is kinda obscure and no matter who has records no one really knows about it, so maybe this is the wrong approch.
> Alrighty- I gotta get my female skirt clad ass back to the trail- even though I feel like crap today & this Bear's Den Hostel is very tempting to take a near-o in- but dang it, I am shooting for a personal goal and maybe a record for the gal's, so ONWARD to GA I must go... stepping down from the soap box now, thank you CDT-L peeps for bearing with a rant.
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