[Cdt-l] Flip Flop Question

Louis Maurer ironmaurer at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 15 23:26:31 CST 2009

I am planning on doing the CDT trail during the summer of 2010.  I came
up with the idea of a planned flip flop hike that starts by going north
from southern wyoming in mid to late may to the montana/canada border
.  Then flipping to my start point in southern wyoming and finishing
the trail by going south through colorado and new mexico.  There are
numerous pros and cons to any plan for a thru hike but my thinking was
that this would be a good way to minimize the amount of snow I
encounter.  I am expecting that this would put me in colorado during
august and early sept which seams ideal for snow pack.  

I am
looking for input from previous hikers on this idea.  Is it realistic
to start a hike in the great divide basin in mid to late may and be
able to continue through the wind river range in june when considering
weather and snow.  All of the reading and topo research that I have
done so far leads me to believe that this is not a bad idea.  

do previous thru hikers think of the plan?  Has anyone done this
approach in the past or known anyone who has?  How did it go?  I would
welcome any feedback.  Thanks.

Happy Trails, Louis
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