you wrote: "I have Ray's PCT Book but have to say that by the time I tore all the pages out that I didn't need (being polite) only about half was left. I did enjoy the part that was left."
Some amazing escapades RJ's been on. I'm just reading RJ's Beyond Backpacking book now. Some parts are pretty good (that Grandma Gatewood - she was something; would've like to meet her).
What i want to know is can a person really say what you're saying and not be committing L/UL blasphemy? Is thinking it even 'ok'? Are there others who feel the same way as you? I've gotten the impression from things that i've read, that RJ's word is pretty much viewed as gospel. Any thoughts on these thoughts?
If you/anyone care(s) to ans. me, another thread (in Chaff???) might be a better venue. However, having said that, i'm hoping that no one will respond & "trash" RJ there ("flame" - is that the 'chat' lingo for it???). That's NOT the kind of response i'm looking for. Disagree with him & educate me - yes. Trash him - NO!!!
Since I'm pretty new to L/UL any info on anything in his book that is considered specious (and why) would be helpful to me.
For example, i did find his comments on sternum straps rather interesting, but not applicable to me, since from childhood i was taught (in Tai Ji Quan & other martial arts training) various ways to breathe deep into the abdomen w/o expanding the chest ("babies' breath" as some buddhists & taoists call it). I still do this now - all day long. It's second nature for me. If you've never heard of it, i know it sounds funny (i.e. deep abdominal breathing). It has some interesting (amazing?) benefits - especially to the athelete.