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by raven
January 19th, 2015, 10:08 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: PCT winter thru-hikers.
Replies: 51
Views: 3972

Re: PCT winter thru-hikers.

Yes, they switched from a winter thru-hike to a new sort of beast -- a reverse thru hike during a reversed season. For obvious reasons the usual (summer) thru hikers go from south to north. A reverse thru hike during the usual season seems to be an untried challenge. I think this pair should be more...
by raven
January 17th, 2015, 10:50 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: PCT winter thru-hikers.
Replies: 51
Views: 3972

Re: PCT winter thru-hikers.

Per their blogs, the original plan was to start from the south on October 21 with a 5 month window, thereby ending in late March in Canada. They did not change the name of the trip or their advertising. That would have been a winter trip through Washington and Oregon.
by raven
January 17th, 2015, 10:15 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: PCT winter thru-hikers.
Replies: 51
Views: 3972

Re: PCT winter thru-hikers.

Aimless and Koda: You are talking thru-hiking while I am talking winter travel. We are not in disagreement there. Nor do we disagree about athletic performance. My point is that they have no claim to having done winter travel in either Washington or Oregon. Are you claiming that they do?
by raven
January 17th, 2015, 1:13 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: PCT winter thru-hikers.
Replies: 51
Views: 3972

Re: PCT winter thru-hikers.

They did not do the winter states in winter. They finished Oregon before winter began. No one has done a winter trip the length of either Oregon or Washington. True winter is not only more work. it's a death defying fight with cornices on ridges, avalanche slopes to cross, and tree pits and hollows ...
by raven
January 16th, 2015, 10:53 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: 1882 Winchester rifle found in Great Basin National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 1902

Re: 1882 Winchester rifle found in Great Basin National Park

Viking, can you explain how you can estimate the tree's possible age? It's a skill I lack, so I am both envious and curious about all aspects of the matter.
by raven
January 13th, 2015, 11:03 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: PCT winter thru-hikers.
Replies: 51
Views: 3972

Re: PCT winter thru-hikers.

Winter is the real question, isn't it? They stared hiking October 21; crossed Snoqualmie Pass on November 1; reached Barlow pass November 12; bailed out before Santiam pass because of snow 1-2' because (among other problems) they didn't have snowshoes with them , on November 17. November 22, Santiam...
by raven
January 12th, 2015, 8:48 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: PCT winter thru-hikers.
Replies: 51
Views: 3972

Re: PCT winter thru-hikers.

I find the trip hard to fathom as a "winter" through hike. First, the attempt seems to have been, wisely, to get through as much as Washington as possible before much snow fell. A couple of avalanches could have ruined their style, but winter it was not. Then there is the matter of resupply. Summer ...
by raven
January 12th, 2015, 12:04 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: New Study: The Economic Benefits of Our Outdoor Adventures
Replies: 50
Views: 4374

Re: New Study: The Economic Benefits of Our Outdoor Adventur

In economics the terms are less emotionally charged and have technical uses. The narrow definition of recession is defined by the people who call them, while depression is implicitly defined by the analytical conditions. Panic is not a term used in economics, but does describe the conditions in fina...
by raven
January 11th, 2015, 9:30 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: New Study: The Economic Benefits of Our Outdoor Adventures
Replies: 50
Views: 4374

Re: New Study: The Economic Benefits of Our Outdoor Adventur

Your "official" definitions are correct. But liquidity traps pretty much define depressions. If an economy is not depressed, its risk-free interest rate should be positive. Your suggestion that at some low unemployment rate the country would be out of the depression is definitional -- labor resource...
by raven
January 11th, 2015, 5:32 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: New Study: The Economic Benefits of Our Outdoor Adventures
Replies: 50
Views: 4374

Re: New Study: The Economic Benefits of Our Outdoor Adventur

I have to straighten out some economic concepts: A recession occurs when an economy is contracting. A depression occurs when the economy is well below potential activity, with idle resources available for employment. The economy was growing during most years of the Great Depression, so very little o...