[pct-l] Raingear

Matt Maxon matt at mattmaxon.com
Mon Dec 18 07:06:46 CST 2006

Scott Polewach wrote:
> 1.  How friendly are the post offices and lodges that hold maildrops 
> along the PCT?  If I send out all my own maildrops before begining my 
> trip, will (almost) all of them actually be at the post 
> offices/lodges/etc. when I arrive?  Should I call them in advance and 
> give them a heads up?   I know that many people say they would not 
> recommend maildrops, but even if I did the AT again I would do 
> maildrops.  I go into sensory overload at grocery stores and usually 
> buy at least 50% more food than I need.
> 2.   How nessecary is rain gear?  I found that I'm too sweaty for 
> gore-tex to be all that effective.  Will a windshirt and an emergency 
> poncho cut it for the majority of the trail?  I would (probably) carry 
> a gore-tex jacket for at least the Sierra, but are there any other 
> areas where I would need one?
> Thanks
> Hermes
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The one test I have been able to give my Dry duck(???) rain suit was a 
smashing success.

I was day hiking up to Angeles Landing in Zion National Park, when 
thunder storms rolled in. I broke out my rain suit and stayed bone dry. 
Also had a very cool show of numerous waterfalls and a small flash flood.

The thing I generally use around here is a golf umbrella and chaps, 
maybe a poncho if it's really pouring. You had better have dry socks.


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