[cdt-l] Triple Crown of Desert Hiking
Trekker4 at aol.com
Trekker4 at aol.com
Wed Apr 4 10:47:11 CDT 2007
In a message dated 4/3/2007 11:50:22 PM Central Daylight Time,
lawtong at hotmail.com writes:
I just had this vision . . . or perhaps a hallucination . . . of the "Triple
Crown of Desert Hiking." This would include the Arizona Trail, Grand
Enchantment Trail and the Hayduke Trail. I know of some folks that have
done 2 of these 3 trails but does anyone know of a hiker thatｴs done all 3?
Don't forget the Desert Trail itself; it's not finished, but partly
complete in CA, NV, and OR. It runs east of the PCT and west of the Great Western
Trail, which is west of the CDT. Unfortunately, I don't think it'll be
finished, or even close, for decades.
I've got the Hayduke guidebook and have marked it in pencil on my UT & AZ
Recreational Maps. It's the toughest long trail; the authors and founders warn
you not to expect even 10 miles a day. It's a trail where one is hiking in a
stream or river, counting canyons on the left, because you have to climb out and
up the 7th one, which is more of a cliff than a canyon. It's the most remote
long trail; the resupply towns are about the size of Yogi's apartment; and your
body needs to be relatively unaffected by loss of blood.
The good news is that there are no Pirates near it; no internet
connections forcing one to read Reinhold's posts; and no discussion of guns, dogs,
trekking poles, the Warner Springs loop (which is just as tough apparently), bear
canisters or spray, which highway to hitch where (no more than 5 highways in
800 miles anyhow), or guys who think they're better looking than their dog. The
bad news is that there are no luxury tents in anyone's back yard, no washing
machines with a personal laundress, no free bandanas, no yearly gathering with
"free" (please donate) food, no Dirty Girls (damn. damn. damn), and no
alternative guidebooks (written by tiara wearing queens) that tell of trail angels,
spooky places, or which side of the river to walk in to avoid the quicksand.
Anyhow I'm tenatively looking for a partner (the only time I've ever made that
statement) for 09; I doubt I'd hike it by myself; but fast hikers need not
apply, because I'm not that fast; I'm slower, steadier perhaps with good
endurance, and usually hike from dawn to dusk. On the AT I kept up with many
thru-hikers, because they started late, stopped early, and goofed off more; on the PCT
in 05, for instance, the same group of 4-5 thru-hiker guys passed me 5 or 6
times before I ended that section hike.
Big Bend Desert Denizen
Naturalized Citizen - Republic of Texas
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