[pct-l] Fwd: Re: New PCT Speed Record

Reinhold Metzger reinholdmetzger at cox.net
Sun Sep 4 17:34:23 CDT 2016

Yes Sebastian......HYOH!!!!!

There are "Turtles" and there are "Rabbits".

Turtles will always criticize the rabbits for going to fast and not
sniffing the flowers along the way and the rabbits will always
criticize the turtles for slowly lumbering down the trail getting
to enjoy only one half the wilderness, in a particular time frame,
compared to rabbits.

Who is to say that turtles, lumbering down the trail enjoy their
journey more than rabbits, skip hopping down the trail?

I say....let everyone hike their own merry way and enjoy their
journey their own special way.

I first set foot on the JMT in the summer of 1968 and have since
thru-hiked it many times with my friends, my wife, the Boy
Scouts or on my own.

However, the ones that I seem to remember the best, and I am
the most fond off, are my JMT speed hikes.
There is something to be said about challenging yourself by
setting extremely high goals and then pushing your body to the
limit to achieve those goals.
Besides,...the aches and the pains will soon be forgotten,...but
the memories,....aaahhh,....the MEMORIES,....they will last a

I have been a rabbit and a turtle, enjoyed my journeys which
ever way and came to realize there is no absolute correct way.
Whether you hike like a turtle or a rabbit is usually a function
of what you want out of your hike and your physical condition
and whichever way makes you "happy" is the "correct" way
for "YOU".

JMT Reinhold
Your happy trail companion skipping down the trail whichever way.

Sebastian wrote....HYOH
Tim wrote:
Is anybody famous for just poking along the trail and enjoying it?
Not worrying about how fast they can do the trip, how many
miles they can do in one day, how little weight they can carry, etc.?
It's a camping trip. Enjoy the walk!
Reinhold wrote:

Hi gang,
Trouble is back in town.....the girls are dancing in the streets
the guys are gnashing their teeth.

Like some of you PCT fanatics probably already know, a 26 year
old Belgian Dentist marathon runner by the name Karel Sabbe,
who in the last 2 years has run close to 8,000 KM in 31 countries,
set a new PCT speed record of 52 days, 8 hrs, 25 minutes.
It should be noted that Karel did it as a marathon runner, with a
support team, VS traditional backpacking where you carry all your
gear and food, etc.

Hats of to Karel, the new PCT sped record holder and his

All records, sooner or later get broken.

However, in my book, my buddy Scott Williamson still is, and
probably always will be the undeniable, the unquestionable, and
indisputable "King of the PCT" and his PCT accomplishments
probably will never be equaled.

"LONG LIVE THE KING" and may you have many offsprings to
carry on his legacy.

And also long live Switchback, the undeniable, the unquestionable,
and indisputable"Rascal" of the PCT...aka Switchback the trail
pirate, who's mischief of raiding and plundering innocent hikers
also will never be equaled.

I will not get into what I am famous for.

You can ask...YOGI...she knows.

JMT Reinhold

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