[cdt-l] CDT-2008

Doug Graybeal doug at graybealarchitects.com
Mon Oct 1 17:32:43 CDT 2007


Please share more about the Gathering (time, place ,etc) We would be interested in your workshop.

Gray Wolves
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ginny & Jim Owen 
  To: cdt-l at backcountry.net 
  Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 2:48 PM
  Subject: Re: [cdt-l] CDT-2008

  David - 
  Jim Owen here - we first met in 1992 at Trail Days in Damascus.  I was Bald Eagle back then. Since then I've supported your hikes because I know how you love the trails.  While your way isn't my way - there's no reason why it should be.  As I've been saying for more than a few years - "Hike your own hike."   You do - and I respect that.  
  If you'll be at the Gathering,  Ginny and I will be doing the CDT workshop (probably our last - at least until we hike the CDT again) on Sat afternoon.  If we can help you, don't hesitate to let us know - whether at the Gathering, on cdt-l or via email.  
  We "may" also see you out there next year.  We won't be thruhiking, but we seem to spend some time every year on or near the CDT.  We're considering hiking from Butte south through Yellowstone and then out to the Tetons via the Bechler.  Depends largely on the "state of the knees" at the time - and whether we decide next year is our time to go back to Alaska.   The time for that decision hasn't gotten here yet.  
  The CDT - varies in length depending on which routes you take.  But none of them are 3100 miles unless you REALLY work at it.  The routes that most people take are 2400 to 2500 miles.  If you don't take the Anaconda cutoff and the Creede cutoff, 2700 is a little closer to reality.  As Rollie Muesser reported some years ago, it's a rare thruhiker who does't overestimate their mileage.  
  BTW - I highly recommend NOT taking the Creede cutoff - the Weminuche is a wonderful section of trail.  I think you may have done some of the Leadville races so you probably know how beautiful that country can be.  
  Walk softly,


    Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 21:07:43 -0400
    From: dhorton at liberty.edu
    To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
    Subject: [cdt-l] CDT-2008

    Hi to all of you on the cdt-l.   I am planning on doing the CDT in the summer of 2008.  I am a ultra runner who lives in Lynchburg, VA.  I have previously set the speed record on the Long Trail, AT, and PCT.   I plan on starting the CDT around June 5-10, 2008 at the Mexican border.  I know that Squeaky set the record of 75 days in 2005 unsupported.   I plan on doing it supported somewhere around 65 days, plus or minus 5 days, depending on the length of the trail.

    I know that you are thinking, how can you set a record on a trail that is not complete or has various routes?  I plan on hiking the official trail as much as possible and not taking any shortcuts.

    How long is the trail if I do it this way??   I hear the CDTA saying it is 3100 miles.   When Squeaky and Flyin Brian did it, they both reported 2700 miles.

    I know I have a lot to learn and I look forward to learning from many of you. 

    I love the trails

    In Christ

    David Horton

    The Runner

    AT  1991

    PCT 2005

    CDT 2007

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