todddeluca at gmail.com
Wed May 13 10:17:52 CDT 2009
Just yesterday I built a (small) cairn on trail 79 (Black Mountain
Ridge on the Columbus route) to mark the nobo turn down into East
Canyon. Hopefully it will make someone stop, think, and not miss the
turn. I've been inspired by the other cairns and arrows that have
helped me along the way.
> champ baum wrote:
> i am planning on doing the CDT next year (saving cash money now) and have
> been reading past and current journals and getting as much info as i can.
> hey i hear that there are many trailjunctions that are unmarked and can be
> confused because of the many dirt roads in some areas....well my question is
> do hikers not build cairnes at some junctions? 90% of the backpacking i do
> is in the southwest and there may be many areas where the route is unmarked
> or difficult to find, but in many places a thoughtful soul is kind enough to
> build a cairne. I have been reading many complaints about the BLM or
> whomever not maintaing and marking the trail, but this is also the appeal of
> the CDT to most i think. So the ultimate question is why not build a cairne
> at the junctions you (current and future backpackers) have to backtrack to
> or think might be confusing to others. Although maybe not building them may
> help the CDT keep its challenging appeal......
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