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    Senior Member BillyBob58's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianle View Post
    My intention is to thru-hike the PCT in 2008, and I'll start with a tarptent, but I too am thinking of switching to a hammock along the way.

    My tentative plan is that my wife will meet me near Ashland, basically at the CA/OR border. We'll hike together just to Crater Lake and I'll use the hammock in that stretch, see how I feel at that point after all of California in a tent. My hammock setup is a little heavier, but I really like the flexibility of walking as late as I want to and then just finding two trees, i.e., the ability to walk later into the day, particularly later in the trip as the days start getting shorter (reduced hours of daylight). But of course, those start to get to be colder days too. I have a ~10-day solo trip planned for next month (September) in WA state with the hammock to get a better sense for whether I'll have any temperature issues, and how much clothing to bring --- I expect it will work fine.

    Brian Lewis
    Sounds like we will be there about the same time. I'll either be hangin in the Olympics ( probably Hoh River trail ) or the North Cascades 9/1- 9/8. I'm also trying to figure how it will work with , most likely, a required bear proof food canister. Extra weight and volume, and I wonder how many we will need for a weeks worth of food for 4 people?
    Last edited by BillyBob58; 08-14-2007 at 11:59.

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    Puget Sound, WA

    Hammock plus other weight/volume additions is tough

    Yup, this is a good part of why I don't think I'll switch to a hammock any earlier. Too few trees I expect in the desert, but you also have lots of water weight to carry, don't need the extra pound the hammock adds.
    Ditto in the Sierras --- my mini-crampons and ice axe are quite light, but they still add something, plus the requirement for a 2.7 pound bear can (ugh), potentially long distances between resupply points, and perhaps additional clothes for the cold. So the earliest I'd consider switching would be Echo Lake or so, but since my wife plans to meet me near Ashland, that should work too.

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