[Cdt-l] finding a function's definition from a call - water crossings

cicelyb250 at aol.com cicelyb250 at aol.com
Thu Dec 17 08:52:01 CST 2009

I'm 5ft 6 inches and 60 -61 when I did the CDT in 2008-2009.  For the  
Gila, I wore sturdy tennis shoes and kept them on all day since I was  crossing 
the river constantly.   Heavy, but safe.  I noticed many  hikers used crocs 
for the water.  When I finished in 2009 (Lincoln,  Montana to Canada) I used 
crocs.  They worked like a charm.  Hiked a  bit in them in parts of the Bob 
Marshall where there were river crossings within  several hundred yards.  
Normally I hike in hiking boots since my feet and  ankles are crappy.  Many, 
many hikers use some sort of trail shoe and  keep them on for rivers and 
trail.  Of course Billy Goat is famous for  crossing rivers by wearing socks 
lined by his liners.  If it's a nice sandy  river bottom bare feet are ok too.
I am a fisherman and learned early on that when the water is swift - turn  
and face the current.  Shuffle sideways across the water.  Feels and  sounds 
strange, but you are less likely to be swept off your feet.  With  two 
poles and two feet, keep 3 planted while you move the fourth.  Slow,  but safe 
for this timid old hiker.  Take your time and "read" the  river.  What looks 
like a good crossing may or may not be. 
Maybe I just hit it right, but I found fewer scary crossings on the CDT  
than I did on the PCT.  In hiking season, most rivers in Glacier have nice  
suspension bridges across them!
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