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    Quote Originally Posted by Chop View Post
    With the pants and long sleeves... I realized I was carrying sunscreen anyways....a collared shirt is nice. When I switched from pants/long sleeves to a T-Shirt and shorts, it was soo welcomed. I didn't feel nearly as dirty (my legs get dirtier with pants than without because of a sweat) and just loved the air flow. I think if I was standing around in the desert, that'd be different...but hiking, I will do shorts and short sleeves.
    Point taken. I prefer shorts in most weather.
    Poncho vs Raincoat. Its probably even debateable if either are needed for a large portion of the PCT. I liked having the raincoat in the windy mornings a few times in the Sierras... I wore it for about 3 hours cumulative for mist the entire trip...but we had outstanding weather. If it is cold, its a nice extra layer.
    I figure a wind shirt will do for me most of the time.
    With the Sierra cold...it wasn't cold for me during the day. And in the evenings, I just hit the hay if it was cold...but that didn't even happen much.
    Good to know.
    Depending on the timing of your start, you can slackpack the first 20 miles. That'll work if you go to kickoff. There are people who will take you to the border in the AM and you can just walk back with minimal gear.
    I just did 19 in the Smokies with a full pack, so a 20 mile slack might not be too bad.
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    Yep...the 20mile slack will be no problem for you in that case. Very similar walking. On the whole, I was pleasantly surprised how easy 20 miles on the west coast was compared to the east coast hiking that I have done. On the PCT, 20 miles can happen by lunch if you start early, crank...and keep thinking about that pizza in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock View Post
    .... I'm planning on hiking some in Washington next summer ...
    Hey, just FYI from someone who lives in central WA.... If you're coming here to backpack in the mountains, the standard advice is to prepare for bugs and prepare for cold nights/mornings. It can freeze any day out of the year (even had sideways snow flying by at 2,000' in town one year for 4th of July). And if you want to burn some time with an experienced hiker, just start the conversation about what's worse- the mosquitoes or the flies.

    Hopefully you'll hit a great window of weather and skip the airborne blood draw, but it's always possible to get.... something else, lol. As long as it isn't totally socked in you can guarantee beautiful views though.

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    It looks like maybe we are going to Idaho in the Sawteeth range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock View Post
    It looks like maybe we are going to Idaho in the Sawteeth range.
    If that's the same Sawtooth range I saw on our honeymoon a couple decades ago, you're gonna love it! Been wanting to get back out that direction ever since.

    Def keep Washington's Cascades on your bucket list though.

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    Chop and Sarge! Thanks for all the great info on the PCT and Gear. I am hopping to start hiking the PCT next year, but I will probably have to do it in sections as I don't know how I could take off for 5 or 6 months.

    I also plan on using a Hammock for the majority of the hike. Not sure abut the start though, Google earth does not show a lot of trees out there!


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    Re: On the PCT

    There is a journal on trail journals of a guy that thru-hiked the pct and used a hammock every night, though he doesn't talk much about it in the journal. Jester's friend breezeway used a hammock almost every night.
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    SGT, I live near Boise Idaho so if I can be of assistance when you hike the Sawtooths let me know. I really appreciate your videos and you sharing your gear and thoughts.

    Chop, thanks for sharing your PCT thoughts. The PCT is on my list and my current thinking is for 2015. Lots to learn between now and then.
    J

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    I appreciate the offer. We are going to be staying with an aunt and uncle in the Sun Valley area. They have a cabin on some river up that way.
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    Best of luck it is beautiful country. Enjoy. J

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