[cdt-l] New Thru-hiker questions
blisterfree at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 20 15:08:33 CST 2006
The differences between the Association's and Society's
guidebooks will become more apprarent when you're able to do
a side-by-side comparison.
The CDTA (Association) guides describe the official route,
while the CDTS (Society) guides describe the route
recommended by Jim Wolf. The Society's route is intended to
offer a practical alternative to hikers who may otherwise
find portions of the official route to be less than ideal,
e.g., due to excessive roadwalking, a lack of water, or an
absence of wilderness aesthetics. The Society advocates a
silent corridor for the CDT, and serves as something of a
watchdog agency as the trail continues to be developed.
The CDTA guides are rather like coffee-table books - full of
beautiful photos and textual flourishes, and printed on
heavy, National Geographic-type paper. They can be quite
inspirational, but many hikers find them next to useless in
the field. Part of the problem, at least with the NM guide
with which I'm familiar, is that the navigational
descriptions aren't written with much trail sense; it's
quite easy to lose track of your whereabouts in the text vis
a vis the trail corridor. Descriptions also have a tendency
of being at their vaguest when the route is also at its
vaguest. The CDTA guides include 1:24,000 maps, though at a
compressed scale that is somewhat difficult to read.
The CDTS guides are small, thin, no-nonsense editions.
They're easy to carry and reference, and the text
descriptions are written in such a way that you can dig into
the guide when you need it, find the info you need, then put
it away. Two possible disadvantages to these guides are that
they don't include field-worthy maps, and in the case of NM
(at least) the descriptions are written for the southbound
hiker. For northbounders, reversing the descriptions can be
a challenge at times. However both of these issues are
reduced by the fact that Jonathan's maps generally show the
route described in the CDTS guide.
I can't speak with authority beyond New Mexico, but it's my
impression that many hikers have completed the entire trail
using only the CDTS guides and Jonathan's maps. Fewer have
carried both the CDTS and CDTA guides. And very few have
carried only the CDTA guides. (Virtually no one hikes w/o
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Karen Somers" <kborski at yahoo.com>
To: "Brett" <blisterfree at yahoo.com>; <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 2:43 PM
Subject: Re: [cdt-l] New Thru-hiker questions
> All great info......but I am a bit confused.
> What is the difference between CDTS and CDTA?
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