[cdt-l] Pi is finished
elnomad42 at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 22 12:31:52 CST 2006
Way to go Pi!
>From: "Mateo Jackson" <msjack01 at hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
>To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
>Subject: [cdt-l] Pi is finished
>Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 11:09:43 -0500
>I finished my last section of the CDT in Pie Town of all places on Nov
>16th. Nita and Kathy are super trail magicians and really took care of me
>upon my arrival there. I'm really glad I got to hike with SKittles, PoD,
>Disco, Matti and Trace down to the border, but since I had done so much of
>the hike on my own, it was pretty fitting to finish on my own, especially
>in such a cool trail town where they love me because of my name.
>>1. What did you expect before you hiked the CDT? Did the trail live up to
>>I honestly thought the trail was going to swallow me whole... really rough
>>me up. The navigation/ route finding and snow was something I'd never
>>really dealt with. I knew the weather could rough me up too. I found
>>that navigation isn't so bad... getting lost is kinda fun if I just stay
>>calm and take in everything around me. Its pretty neat to think about
>>walking x-country and realize very few humans have ever set foot on the
>>same ground you are now standing. All in all, the actual trail wasn't as
>>difficult as I thought it would be.
>>2. Was it harder or easier than you expected? Why?
>>The biggest challenge was overcoming illness on the trail. I took 10 days
>>off at Chama and actually went home I felt so bad. I was sick for a good
>>time before that as well and not enjoying the hike. In addition to that,
>>the huge snowstorm in the San Juans in mid-Sept made for some epic hiking
>>conditions. Those both came out of nowhere and added a lot of spice to
>>6. Would you/will you do the CDT again? What would/will you do
>>I'd do sections. Right now I don't even want to think about hiking the
>>whole thing again.
>>7. Favorite and/or least favorite Trail towns?
>>My town experience is based on encounters with just a few people... hotel
>>clerk, postmaster, person I'm hitching with... and I found pretty cool
>>people in every town. I would avoid Lake City if I went back through
>>there... the "locals" are all Texans and they don't seem to like long
>>haired hikers with no cars. My favorite was Pie Town just because I was
>>there twice and now I know 90% of the town. I also felt like a local in
>>Creede because I was there so long.
>>8. Good/bad wildlife encounters?
>>CDT offered the biggest variety of wildlife of any trail. I had no
>>negative experiences with any animal I saw. In Yellowstone NP however, I
>>hung my foodbag from the foodpole in a designated campsite and some rodent
>>got into it in the night. A ranger I saw the next day said this is the
>>first rodent food heist she'd ever heard of there.
>>10. Any rants or raves?
>>I just want to thank the hikers I spent time with on the trail. They made
>>for a lot of great memories. I especially want to thank Matti for guiding
>>all of us through the really sketchy, snowy, windy, rainy Piegan Pass in
>>Glacier. Then I also want to thank PoD and Disco for sticking with me
>>while I was sick on the Creede cutoff when I was in a delerium. Those
>>were both very selfless efforts that helped me a ton.
>>11. Were you lonely or did you enjoy the solitude? Did you have solitude?
>>I hiked almost the whole trail alone. I'd say I hiked about 400 or so
>>miles with other people and 2100 miles alone. I'm a pretty spacy person
>>and my mind makes good company for itself, so I never had any worries
>>about the solitude. I did however love every minute I hiked with my
>>friends I met on the trail. Hiking out of Silver City beside a man with a
>>carved pumpkin over his head is good fun...
>>12. Any words of wisdom for next year's hikers? Final thoughts??
>>My sage advice is don't get sick on the trail... it makes for a much more
>>difficult time. Final thought: If you can laugh at yourself, you'll
>>probably be okay out there.
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