Wisdom from PCT & CDT hikers en masse

Bushwalking gear and paraphernalia. Electronic gadget topics (inc. GPS, PLB, chargers) belong in the 'Techno Babble' sub-forum.
Forum rules
TIP: The online Bushwalk Inventory System can help bushwalkers with a variety of bushwalk planning tasks, including: Manage which items they take bushwalking so that they do not forget anything they might need, plan meals for their walks, and automatically compile food/fuel shopping lists (lists of consumables) required to make and cook the meals for each walk. It is particularly useful for planning for groups who share food or other items, but is also useful for individual walkers.

Wisdom from PCT & CDT hikers en masse

Postby emma_melbourne » Fri 30 Oct, 2020 12:16 am

As I'm a bit of a gear geek, I always enjoy the major survey done on PCT thru-hikers and more recently also CDT thru-hikers, by "Halfway Anywhere".

There were 846 hikers that did the PCT survey for 2019, which is quite a decent sized sample to draw wisdom from. The survey participants list their gear, and rate each out of 5, with room for comments, and all that data gets analysed etc. You can click here for full report: https://www.halfwayanywhere.com/trails/ ... uide-2019/
User avatar
emma_melbourne
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 268
Joined: Sun 18 Jun, 2017 3:49 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Region: Victoria
Gender: Female

Re: Wisdom from PCT & CDT hikers en masse

Postby wildwanderer » Fri 30 Oct, 2020 8:41 am

Thanks for the link. Always a interesting read.

Wow zpacks got smashed.. (very negative reviews on their packs particularly for durability)
User avatar
wildwanderer
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1183
Joined: Tue 02 May, 2017 9:42 am
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Wisdom from PCT & CDT hikers en masse

Postby Warin » Fri 30 Oct, 2020 9:37 am

wildwanderer wrote:Thanks for the link. Always a interesting read.

Wow zpacks got smashed.. (very negative reviews on their packs particularly for durability)


Altra also criticized, as is sawer mini.

An interesting read.
User avatar
Warin
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1045
Joined: Sat 11 Nov, 2017 9:02 am
Region: New South Wales

Re: Wisdom from PCT & CDT hikers en masse

Postby slparker » Fri 30 Oct, 2020 11:30 am

always interesting as it is a high volume of respondents using their equipment for a lengthy period. Not always applicable to the Australian context but still interesting.
slparker
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1334
Joined: Fri 25 Apr, 2008 11:59 pm

Re: Wisdom from PCT & CDT hikers en masse

Postby headwerkn » Fri 30 Oct, 2020 2:20 pm

slparker wrote:always interesting as it is a high volume of respondents using their equipment for a lengthy period. Not always applicable to the Australian context but still interesting.


A lengthy continuous period at that too. Even those of us who get out 2-3 times a month probably aren't thrashing their gear to the extent of a thru hiker on a 6+ month jaunt.

As an aside it is interesting to see how so much gear - particularly UL gear - is designed around the specific needs of a handful of major thru-hikes. I amazed myself last week by seeing a US hiking video whose terrain, rather than just endless open mountain ridges - almost resembled Tasmanian scrub. You know, with scratchy stuff at the trail's edge that rips everything. They called it 'bushwacking', but unless you needing a running jump to actually push through the scrub, it's really just off track walking... ;-)
Adventures of the Abel Kind... http://www.benderandxing.com
User avatar
headwerkn
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 256
Joined: Sat 09 Nov, 2013 4:50 pm
Location: Central North Tasmania
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: Wisdom from PCT & CDT hikers en masse

Postby Turfa » Fri 30 Oct, 2020 4:24 pm

There is some useful information in there, but I always try to put it into context, especially with regard to gear durability. Many PCT hikers are not very experienced when they start out and I think they can have unrealistic expectations of how long ultra-light gear should last. Couple this with not understanding how to treat lightweight gear, and they are often disappointed. I saw a lot of rough treatment of UL gear on the PCT
I used a Z-packs arc-blast on the PCT and it held up just fine, as did my Altra Timps that lasted over 1000 miles per pair.
User avatar
Turfa
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 312
Joined: Mon 18 Jan, 2010 3:06 pm
Region: Australia

Re: Wisdom from PCT & CDT hikers en masse

Postby Petew » Sat 31 Oct, 2020 9:07 am

I'd imagine a lot of the footwear complaints relating to injury would apply to any brand of shoe when starting out. Walking 20 miles a day,day after day, will cause foot shenanigans in a lot of people if not used to it.
Petew
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 636
Joined: Wed 05 Oct, 2016 1:07 pm
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Wisdom from PCT & CDT hikers en masse

Postby Al M » Mon 09 Nov, 2020 6:43 pm

Certainly interesting read as mentioned to put into context of where one does their local hikes most often and level of comfort vs acceptable weight.

For example, use of non water proof shoes to dry out quicker over a longer period of hiking and long term feet health vs Aust local hikes where it may still be worth having water proof shoes for 2-5 day duration wet walks but not fording creeks with increased comfort factor and longer term feet health less an issue.
Al M
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 139
Joined: Sun 28 May, 2017 3:15 am
Region: Western Australia
Gender: Male


Return to Equipment

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Adsense [Bot] and 11 guests