[cdt-l] Difficulty of Routefinding

Marcia gottawalk at pacbell.net
Wed Feb 21 16:17:29 CST 2007

I don't think we had heard of the TC when we started hiking. We knew the PCT was close to home and while we were hiking the agenda was discussion of what we wanted to do in retirement. By Burney Falls we knew that retirement should be filled with ldh. The CDT was next for us, again because it was "local". Ken grew up in Idaho and I grew up in the wild, scenic wonderful Rockies of Montana (Andrew Skurka walked through our family ranch that was taken for the Charlie Russell Wildlfe Refuge).

We were completely unfamiliar with eastern US so the AT was an interesting new experience. We did consider a sobo hike but waiting for hiking season to start is too hard. We did start well after the March and April crowd who mostly thought we were section hikers since they hadn't seen us before. heh Our "group" then ended being a couple of other hikers that were really interested in as much of a wilderness experience as possible which was what we wanted. At this point Ken said my report card would need a box "Does Not Hike Well With Others" to be checked.

I think now that I would leave the AT unhiked and substitute the ADT Utah and Nevada, Hayduke, Grand Enchantment and Arizona Trail. I wish they were longer...long trails just get my hiking blood going. Wilderness is important and the idea that I can hike an entire state without seeing anyone is fantastic and then if route finding challenges are the same as or even more demanding than the CDT...awesome!

My hat is off to Jonathan Ley who so far has decided not to hike the AT...I just didn't think a lot before dashing off to hike. Each hike contributes to a hiker's internal store of experiences. I wouldn't wish any of my experiences away but I would not, in retrospect, hike the AT. My theory is that a first hike is the benchmark for all other hikes (Annie and the Salesman LOVED the AT and couldn't get enough of it while we think the best scenery and hiking should be like the High Sierra). And now desert hiking really calls to me after all the time we have spent there in S CA, NM, WY and now UT and NV...go figure!

Actually, I want to hike it all and I think maybe we have another 30 years left to be out there walking down my "to-hike" list, especially if gear keeps improving and getting lighter!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Trevor Lind 
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net 
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 7:34 PM
Subject: [cdt-l] Difficulty of Routefinding

I'm curious how tough the routefinding on the CDT is. How would it compare to the Mount Assiniboine to Jasper section of the Great Divide Trail which I have hiked?

Also does anyone have any thoughts on a preferable progression on the triple crown? I hiked the PCT in 2002 and may do another thru hike attempt in 07 or 08. I'm leaning towards the CDT and may never hike the AT or do it after the CDT. 

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