[pct-l] night hiking in the desert

montypct montypct at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 21:58:02 CDT 2009

Hi Nia

Welcome to the Class of 2009
You may also want to sign up for the pct2009 yahoo group at 

In the desert most hikers hike during the day.  I do.
Starting from the border by the end of April, you should have OK weather.
There will be some hot days.
In some parts of the desert the hot temperatures also come with high winds. 
Breathable clothing that lets air through and your sweat evaporate is good.
We all take breaks in shady spots and sometimes long breaks.

The trail is well marked, but there are a few places that might be a little 
difficult at night.

Also hiking in 2009

Warner Springs Monty

Lightweight Backpacking
The fun goes up when the weight goes down
-Warner Springs Monty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nia Schmald" <nschmald1 at yahoo.com>
To: "PCT-1" <pct-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2009 6:07 PM
Subject: [pct-l] night hiking in the desert

> Hi Folks,
> I'm a late entry into the class of '09.  Looking forward to meeting as
> many of you as possible on the trail.  I've got a fair amount of
> experience hiking in the sierras but very little in the desert.
> A was reading a journal that said many were hiking through the night to
> avoid the heat.  I was planning on a siesta and hiking at twilight.  But
> hadn't really considered the need for hiking many hours in the dark.
> So is this what most people do?  If so how well is the trail marked in
> these areas.  I was planning on taking only a photon rex, which can be
> bright enough for night hiking on well marked trails, but only has
> enough battery power to do that for a couple hours.  Are most people
> taking larger headlamps for hiking through the night?
> Anything else I should be aware of in the desert, besides keeping well
> hydrated?
> Thanks for your help,
> nia (aka giggles)
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