[cdt-l] Average age for CDT hiklers

doug-sue1 doug-sue1 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jan 11 18:42:23 CST 2007


Bret got me thinking about the ultimate end of the trail.  Anyone ever hear
of anyone being cremated and buried in their backpack?

Too sober a thought while there is still life in the legs and the feet can
still move.




----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brett" <blisterfree at yahoo.com>
To: <cdt-l at backcountry.net>; "Paul Magnanti" <pmags at yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 6:49 PM
Subject: Re: [cdt-l] Average age for CDT hiklers


> >>Many of us do not fit the college/marriage/home/baby "road
> >>map" that is so popular with our peers.
>
> College/Marriage/Home/Baby... sounds like a promising name
> for some future big box retailer. "Your road map to life" as
> the come-hither by-line. Just climb into one end of the
> hopper, and be shot out the other end, fully-equipped for
> each stage of life. Maybe throw in mortuary services, too.
> And just to make things statistically interesting, put up an
> REI next door.
>
> blisterfree, 34, repeat offender and furtive REI shopper
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Paul Magnanti" <pmags at yahoo.com>
> To: "CDT MailingList" <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
> Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 6:32 PM
> Subject: [cdt-l] Average age for CDT hiklers
>
>
> >>>My guess is that CDT hikers follow a similar pattern as
> >>>PCT hikers.
> >
> >
> > Most *FIRST TIME* thru-hikers seem to follow the
> > "under-25 and over-55 category" rule of thumb. Students
> > and retirees. Thoes two
> > groups traditionally have the most free time.
> >
> > The CDT (and to a lesser extent  than in the past, the
> > PCT) tends to get "repeat offenders". Many of us do not
> > fit the college/marriage/home/baby "road map" that is so
> > popular with our peers. (Not that there's anything wrong
> > with that. I am the proud adoptive "uncle" of my friend's
> > first child. I'm biased, but I think he is the cutest baby
> > in Boudler. :D) The ages of "repeat offenders" tend to be
> > all over the map,  There was a heavy concetration of
> > 30-somethings  this past year esp. going SoBo. (I am 32
> > myself)
> >
> > So, the CDT does not follow the pattern of the two other
> > trails in terms of people who hike them.  Those who hike
> > the trail tend to have at least one other trail under
> > their belt and have made a decision that long distance
> > hiking is not just a hobby or a sport, but a lifestyle.
> > And those who have made thru-hiking a lifestyle (esp.
> > pre-retirement age) tend to be a little bit older than the
> > college age crowd.
> >
> >
> >
> >
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> > stardust
> > caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched
> > --Thoreau
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