Oh, without a doubt, they are interesting. This time around, one was from Germany, an electrician by day and handyman by night to earn money to do the PCT. Another guy was from Manchester England. Great English accent. the other two were from the US.
I asked about Forester since I have hiked it over two dozen times over the years. They said that they made the mistake of tackling the Pass mid day and paid the price pf post-holing. I then asked how they maneavered around the lake below the Pass. They said that they just walked across the lake. Now I am no autority on ice on a lake, but wow. They did say there was a foot of ice (they dug a hole with their ice axe).