[pct-l] Thruhiking 2017

Scott Diamond scott.diamond.mail at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 09:24:48 CST 2017

​Hi Ben,

I think you and your partner should live your dream. I'd definitely start
out at Campo. Who knows what will happen along the way. The first 700 miles
is a great way to build up experience on the PCT. If the Sierras prove too
difficult then you can adjust your plans but I wouldn't plan on skipping at
the start.


On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 7:33 AM, Ben Friedman <b.friedman86 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Good morning, PCT-ers!
> My partner Lauren and I have a start date on April 26 in Campo and have
> been beside ourselves with excitement.
> But I want to be straightforward- we are beginning to doubt the prospect of
> a true NoBo thru-hike, starting in Mexico and hiking to Canada without
> flipflopping or multi-week waiting in KM. The snowfall is clearly
> prodigious this year, a year to remember. The number of emails on this
> listserv discussing entering KM significantly later than usual, the immense
> snowpack, etc is concerning. If the snow is a challenge well into the
> summer, won't that mean thru hikers will be entering the
> volatile/unpredictable North Cascades too late?
> Not trying to be a debbie-downer. This hike has been a dream for us for
> most of our lives and we want to make this work so so bad-- we're just
> trying to figure out how to maximize our PCT time. As a plan B, should we
> bag the PCT start date and notion of a thru-hike, and simply decide to
> start at Kennedy Meadows in the summer and just see how far our legs take
> us thru Labor Day?
> Thanks to you all, for this great community and advice!
> Ben
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