[cdt-l] Mount Taylor Appeal Denied

Ryan Jordan ryan at backpackinglight.com
Tue Oct 2 21:29:06 CDT 2007

I suppose there is some conflict regarding "need" here.

It was my impression that this community wanted to leave the trail ... as

This is not an insurmountable task for a reasonably experienced hiker, and
these waterless mileages are found on the PCT as well. The CDT provides so
much opportunity for hikers of all abilities, that I think having some
challenges like this will preserve its character.


On 10/2/07, Jim Wolf <mail at cdtsociety.org> wrote:
> The Forest Service Southwestern Region has denied the Society's appeal
> regarding the need for reliable water sources on the Trail near Mount
> Taylor. Under the Forest Service decision, it is perfectly ok for the
> CDT to be routed so that users would have to hike nearly 50 miles, with
> thousands of feet of elevation gain, often under hot conditions, with no
> access to water.
> We are urging the Forest Service to address this issue as it considers
> the Proposed Policy Directives that are currently out for comment. Our
> suggestion is to include a new statement, as follows:
>        "In general, water sources will be limited to surface water
>     natually occurring along the trail. Additional water sources shold
>     be constructed/developed, or temporary caches provided, if the
>     interval between usable sources (excluding dirt stock tanks) exceeds
>     a full day's travel by an average experienced backpacker."
> For more information, see the What's New section on the home page of our
> website www.cdtsociety.org.
> Jim Wolf
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