[cdt-l] Difficulty of Routefinding

doug-sue1 doug-sue1 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 21 21:11:20 CST 2007


First I've heard of this trail- wow!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ginny & Jim Owen" <spiritbear2k at hotmail.com>
To: <gottawalk at pacbell.net>; <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 8:33 PM
Subject: Re: [cdt-l] Difficulty of Routefinding


> Have you considered Idaho's Centennial Trail? That one is 1200 miles long
> and the southern end is desert. We have the guiidebook, and the maps are
> online, but we decided to hike the GET and GDT first.  We wouldn't have a
> lot of company out there.
>
> http://www.idahoptv.org/outdoors/shows/centennialtrail/maps.cfm and
> http://www.idahoparks.org/recreation/hiking.aspx
>
> Ginny
>
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>
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> >From: "Marcia" <gottawalk at pacbell.net>
> >Reply-To: cdt-l at backcountry.net, Marcia <gottawalk at pacbell.net>
> >To: <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
> >Subject: Re: [cdt-l] Difficulty of Routefinding
> >Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 14:17:29 -0800
> >
> >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!
> >
> >GottaWalk
> >
> >
> >----- 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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