[Cdt-l] Thru-Hike 08 planning, Route Choices, etc.

Scott Polewach spolewach at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 24 20:55:38 CST 2008

I'm planning on NOBOing starting in the last week of May.  I plan to finish by the end of August/beginning of September.  I thru-hiked the AT on 06 and did a 850 mile section of the AT and the PCT in 07.  I plan to do another 850 mile AT section this spring so that I'm prepared for the CDT.  I am planning on the toughness of the CDT miles to be somewhere between AT and PCT, in general.  I do have Yogi's guide, and my LeDorme maps, and J. Ley maps are on the way.  

How many NOBOs actually found the Wolf guides to be useful?

Most of the information that I've read about mosquitoes is written by southbounders.  What will the biting insect situation be for someone on my timeline? I plan on picking up my ice axe in Ghost Ranch, NM.  Would Cuba be a better place, or even earlier?  Will instep crampons be useful in the San Juans if If I plan on entering them around the 20th of June, give or take a few days? 

I'm not a big hitching fan, so I'm currently planning on going straight through from Grand Lake, CO to Rawlings, WY.  Is this 240 mile section especially tough?  

Most importantly, I'm trying to figure out what route I want to plan on taking for my CDT '08 thru attempt.

I think that I'm pretty decided on taking the Wolf Route through Southern NM and the San Juans instead of the Creede.

I don't really understand the choice that I have to make between the Red Desert ant the Ferris Mountains...what is the character of the hike through each area?  Scenic, mileage, trail condition, water, private property, etc.

I also don't really understand the route choices between Henry's Lake and Mack's Inn.  Obviously the resupply on Mack's Inn route is more convenient, but what again, what is the character of each hike?

For the Anaconda/Butte choice, has anyone actually hiked the Butte Route?  >From what I've heard, the Anaconda route makes more sense in pretty much every way (shorter, easier resupply, more scenic, less ATVs, etc.)



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