[Cdt-l] Thru-Hike 08 planning, Route Choices, etc.
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Thu Jan 24 21:05:07 CST 2008
3 months or so for the whole trail is very aggressive. Good luck! I
used Jonathan Ley's maps along with the Colorado official guidebook
for the section I did southbound from Grand Lake and everything was
very accurate, I had no problems with the official guidebook.
Most of the section south from Grand Lake is fairly easy, although is
at altitude -- but at this point you should be acclimated. As long as
you push you should be okay. I had a friend stationed at Ft. Carson
deliver me resupply boxes, though, so I can't give you specific
Any other sections I'm not knowledgeable about, though. Hope you find
your answers and have fun.
On Jan 24, 2008, at 9:55 PM, Scott Polewach wrote:
> 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.) Thanks,
> Hermes aka Scott Polewach
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