[pct-l] Just my opinion

Melanie Clarke melaniekclarke at gmail.com
Fri Nov 12 20:41:45 CST 2010

Dear PCT,

Depending on the stream I have used several strategies.  1.  I pack a pair
of flip flops to wear around camp and cross some streams.  2.  If there are
enough logs or rocks, I just walk across using those.  If you mis-judge and
end up in the water; see #3.  3.  If the stream is swift and rocky, each
step will take off your flip flops so you just need to wear your hiking
shoes or trail runners and plow through the water.  On the other side put a
dry pair of socks on and the shoe dries out soon enough.  Hiking poles help
keep balance.


On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM, Steven dvsteven <dvsteven at hotmail.com>wrote:

> I've never met Ned, although I do look forward to in January.
> The classic an ounce of prevention seems to fit.
> The only things I worry about are snow and crossing streams (rivers?) in
> early spring.  Ned seems to be my first answer, fording streams are another
> question al together.
> Any ideas about learning to cross streams?
> Thanks for all the advice on this list.
> Steven
> On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:53 PM, <ned at mountaineducation.org> wrote:
> > I'm not sure, yet, what this thread is all about, but I'd like to add a
> > bit.
> > I am in the middle of weeding through 26,000 emails received while not
> > checking my account during a Search and Rescue training weekend this last
> > Saturday and Sunday. Many of the individual emails are multiplied
> hundreds
> > of times and corked up my mail something terrible. Took most of Monday to
> > upload them. Now to go through it all....
> >
> > Ok, as many have already said, it isn't the gear that will keep you alive
> > out on the early-summer snow, but what you know and how you execute it.
> > Durable gear and clothing certainly helps when you're miles or days from
> > any
> > trailhead, but just being aware that you will need to include it, like
> > traction devices or ice axes, once on the high and steep pitches of the
> > Sierra Passes is a major start to your hiking safety.
> >
> > Everything safety starts with your feet. Your balance is crucial on snow.
> > What you wear contributes to that predictability and certainty. You only
> > want to slip and slide when you want to and when you're ready for it,
> > otherwise you're in for a potentially wild, quick tumble down the slope
> > (ask
> > Calorie!). So figure out before your big thru hike what kind of footwear
> > works for you to maintain your balance and comfort while on snow and
> > crossing creeks. Boots work for us and we're out in the snow all winter
> > teaching Snow Skills Courses (they don't get wet, keep our feet warm, and
> > only freeze slightly if the temps drop to single digits).
> >
> > Traction devices, Yes, like Katoolas, just know how to identify the
> danger
> > ahead, stop and put them on (and grab the axe), before assuming that you
> > "will be ok" and just push on without them in place. You may not need
> them
> > at all, but safe is better than sorry (again, Calorie, are you out there?
> > Would you mind telling your story?).
> >
> > The ice axe is a must, but you've got to have practiced with it to know
> how
> > it works and what you have to do with your body to get its full benefit
> for
> > self-arrest deployment. Glissades are much safer with an axe as a rudder!
> >
> >
> >
> > "Just remember, Be Careful out there!"
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