Just back from the second leg of the trip.
First thank you for your hospitality, the visit to the Doug "Inner Sanctum" ( gear/toy room...) and the use of the GG Lightreck 4 poles poles.
We did the PCT bit in six days opting to spend the extra night in to get out early on the next day , the seventh, after a late start on the first day.
The trail was relatively easy to do (water everywhere, only filtered once...). Very spectacular and a buzz for us.
I used the poles for that section than gave them to Petras for the loop in the Olympic's. (report to follow...)
Petras had his BPL poles destroyed on the bus on the way back to Seattle. I had a play with those too.
In the Olympics we started at Deception Point, after 3 PM and eventually after going around in a circle ended up a few feet away from where we started (!) at about 10:30 on the fourth day ,45 miles later. Not many on that trail, not surprising considering that most of it is straight up or down and that Aussies where about.
Petras complained some because of course he is getting on a bit .( gammy knees and creaky joints) but we all got there in the end.
My new BD almost CF poles finally got a good work out and offered a valid comparison with the GG ultralight.
My favourite gear where the poles, my Aarn Pack and my two WM bits ( Ultralite and the new Hooded Flash jacket) as well as my IceBreaker bits (no smell...)
Oh and the Caldera Cone...
We all purchased a Neo Air ( my instigation) and that also gets thumbs up from all of us ( noise ? what noise ???)
But of course the Contrail IS still the best of all for the moment....
Will post some pics when I get back to civilisation (Melbourne)
The spooky one is me. The photo was taken at the exact moment I remembered I had left the oven on.
I did get THAT E Mail. I will address it when I get back.