[pct-l] pepper spray

Melissa Rexilius melissa.rexilius at hotmail.com
Mon May 24 13:11:02 CDT 2010


If you are so inclined as to need protection on the trail, consider a small amount of pepper spray. Packing heat seems ridiculous, weighs too much, and is doubtful that it's going to need to be used on the trail, ever. I believe a hiker is their own worst enemy, and that's being unprepared. I don't think you need to prepare for your hike with a gun in mind. Those who told you that were concerned because you are female. If they were to go out on the trail I bet they aren't toting around gun/ammo. I know I can speak for myself and probably other hikers that I don't want to have to worry about someone out on the trail with a gun whatsoever.

 

T. Rex
 
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> Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 09:10:51 -0700
> From: Randy Forsland <hikertrsh at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [pct-l] WHERE'S YOUR GUN??
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> Man...that's what i get for listening to a NV co-worker..he was wrong. and i
> was right the first time. CA only recognizes their own CCWs
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> http://apps.carryconcealed.net/legal/california-ccw-state-laws.php
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> Redwood
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> On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 9:06 AM, Randy Forsland <hikertrsh at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > Oops...my bad...CA does recognize nevada's CCW...
> >
> >
> > On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 9:04 AM, Randy Forsland <hikertrsh at gmail.com>wrote:
> >
> >> I only carry both of those when going to the mall...extra baggage on the
> >> trail
> >>
> >> Redwood
> >>
> >> PS- jim...you do know that your nevada CCW is not recognized in california
> >> don't you ?/ CA has no reciprocity as far as CCWs go...
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM, <jomike at cot.net> wrote:
> >>
> >>> I've had to
> >>> listen to a lot of people, who aren't hikers and never will be hikers
> >>> tell
> >>> me that I need to take a gun to defend myself in the big scary woods
> >>> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >>>
> >>> THIS PAST WEEKEND i HAD FOUR MEN GRILLING ME ABOUT BEING "STUPID" to be
> >>> ON THE TRAIL BOTH ALONE, AND FOR NOT HAVING A spot AND A GUN. They really
> >>> laid into me. I didn't take it well. tHEY DEFENDED MY HUSBAND SAYING HE JUST
> >>> WORRIES ABOUT ME. He's A WORRY WORT REGARDLESS!
> >>>
> >>> are we there yet
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> Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 09:33:29 -0700
> From: Christopher Kopp <christopher.kopp at gmail.com>
> Subject: [pct-l] WHERE'S YOUR GUN??
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> Here we go again with another gun debate.....
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> Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 09:45:39 -0700
> From: <jomike at cot.net>
> Subject: [pct-l] Planning first solo
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> You aren't likely to be very alone on the PCT unless you hike out of 
> season, and even then it would have to be an ugly boring section with 
> intolerable weather so you didn't meet section hikers. I went for a 
> solo hike this weekend and within half an hour had met two people who 
> knew my mother. Within another hour or two I'd met another fellow. A 
> few more hours I had met three more. Eventually we all ended up at 
> the same campsite and several more also arrived. There was a PCTA 
> work crew there so we had hot meals and a warm campfire to enjoy 
> along with conversation and camaraderie on what was a windy and 
> frigid night. In the morning we had breakfast in the snow showers. 
> Hiking the PCT is far from a solitary existence full of scary beasts. 
> I'm sure the scariest beast you'll ever meet is that guy with his 
> gun, but I bet he sends it home early on in his hike. Unless he's a 
> section hiker and then you probably will be able to walk through his 
> radius of influence in less than an hour.
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> I am inclined to disagree with this; let's say it all depends upon where you are hiking. I have hiked many three to four day trips up here in extreme northern CA and seen as few as one person the entire trip and as many as two.
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> are we there yet
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