[pct-l] Brooks Cascadias

Edward Anderson mendoridered at yahoo.com
Sat May 19 00:22:50 CDT 2012

Hello Cathy,
You will get lots of good advise on all subjects relating to hiking the PCT from this list. My advise to you is that you will need quite a bit of experience hiking and backpacking to discover what kind of footware is right for you. Recognize that we humans are really all different in many ways.  You asked about hiking boots. It seems that the majority of hikers end up using lightweight, low-cut trail runners on the PCT. While I mostly ride a horse on the PCT (I sometimes hike, leading my horse), I have done my share of hiking in my past prior to "discovering" horses in 1982. Beginning in 1952, I have hiked and backpacked all over the Sierra Nevada mountains - not just on the JMT and other established trails, but also many cross-country routes visiting remote lake basins (fishing) and climbing mountains. I discovered early on that my ankles are prone to roll over if not supported. Of course, since I was also a tennis player, I did sometimes go
 hiking wearing tennis shoes - that resulted in (very rarely) a twisted, or even a sprained ankle. That is why I prefer boots with better ankle support.  I like the KEENS, which you can buy at REI. They provide padded support that goes up an inch above my ankle bones. The model that I like is very well ventilated, allowing air circulate within the shoe. Another advantage is that their 6" height helps to keep dirt and small rocks out - one problem that some of the hikers on this list have mentioned. Yes, they are somewhat heavier than the trail runners that many hikers use, but the advantages, to me, and especially considering my ankles, outweigh the extra weight. You need to try out different kinds of footwear, carrying a pack, hiking over uneven surfaces as well as smooth surfaces, to make a decision what is right for you.
Have a great hike,

 From: Catherine Ford <ceford.nhighlands at gmail.com>
To: pct-l at backcountry.net 
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 4:57 PM
Subject: [pct-l] Brooks Cascadias
Greetings Everyone!

I'm a newbie hiker and am working my way up to being a backpacker. When I
realized that Mango's question about Brooks Cascadias was regarding a shoe
rather than a boot I was a bit confused. For hiking, don't you "need"
hiking boots? When are shoes appropriate? I appreciate any clarification
you can provide.

Have a Great Day!


Catherine Ford
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