great report and a fantastic unspoilt (?) wilderness.
Loved the final photo too! the locals with their sherpa sized packs
Glad that people are liking my report. I saw even bigger packs in the Hoh Rainforest for the guys going up Mount Olympus itself. I prefer to save my legs and be a little cold at night, but to each their own. Some of the people I passed on a day hike were dying after a few miles though, and they had like 15 more to go before even gaining elevation. But they really were mocking me for having a mountain axe.
I'm afraid we Brits are prone to carrying everything including the kitchen sink so we have to make a big effort to lighten up.
There is a goodly section of outdoor types over here now thinking seriously about lightweight travel, every once counts on steep hills. I've been guilty myself of sawing my toothbrush in half to save a bit of weight. BUT ! we could have saved ourselves 50 metres of step cutting last year on Pico de la Mina if we had taken our crampons on the ascent!
The cat creek way trail...and spread eagle pass