[Cdt-l] hiking alone?

ks1007 at aol.com ks1007 at aol.com
Wed Dec 1 10:01:50 CST 2010

yes, I'm not a hiker but I feel that I must weigh in on this thread - I'm sure that hiking alone has its' merits but I think there are times when a partner is necessary - case in point - "goatman" dan johnson slips and fractures his ankle and leg in the gila's - he is the second to last nobo and the last nobo aussie dave isn't taking that route - goatman was lucky that he had a SPOT with him and that's what saved his life - if he would of had a partner they could have gone for help - I know that hikers are doing the trail because of the solitude and not having to keep a schedule - even though you may not like it,  when you get to NM the trail angels keep track of you - one of the other things that may have saved goatman was that he called julie the night before - if he wasn't there in 3 days from emory pass we would have discussed what to do which most likely would have been to call out SAR 
you never know when something may happen

el coyote
Keith and Mary
Trail Angels
Deming, NM

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim and_or Ginny Owen <spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com>
To: brianle <brianle at nwlink.com>; cdt-l <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 5:17 pm
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] trail partnership: all or nothing?

Brian - 
The main reasons for hiking together are for safety in bear country or because you just like 
hiking together or for navigation purposes (4 eyes are better than 2 eyes).  Being joined at the 
hip is a good idea if you're a married couple or looking for "safety" in "bear country" or partners 
who want to hike together, because there are a number of places where a wrong turn could 
send you in different directions and leave one or both of you kinda "floating in never-never land".  
Note please that hiking "together" in bear country means EXACTLY that.  It doesn't mean hiking 
5 minutes - or even 30 seconds apart.  If you're that far apart, the bear considers you to be alone.  
And you are. 
Truth is that "bear country" generally isn't nearly as dangerous as most people think.  But I don't 
try to convince people of that - they have to discover it for themselves.  Just keep in mind the rules 
for not irritating (or attracting) the bears and don't get overconfident.  
But if you want to hike together sometimes, and apart other times, I'd suggest hiking out of 
town together, separating at some point on the trail and then meeting at the next town. You'd 
probably want to decide on a specific motel or restaurant for your rally point in that next town.  
Our website generally doesn't give that kind of information, but Yogi's book probably does. 
You could, of course, hike part of the day together and part alone.  Just don't count on sharing 
gear or food in that case because then getting separated leaves on of you a little short of ....
something, be it food, water, shelter, fire.....whatever.   Keep in mind the words to the song - 
God bless the child who's got his own.  
Have a great hike,


> From: brianle at nwlink.com
> To: Cdt-l at backcountry.net
> Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 13:41:29 -0800
> Subject: [Cdt-l] trail partnership: all or nothing?
> Consensus is that if you don't want to hike the CDT literally alone, you
> start with one or more partners and you stay close together the whole time.
> I like the fellow that I plan to hike with a lot, but I've also quite
> enjoyed weeks of hiking alone on both PCT and AT, and even when hiking with
> one or more partners I've often hiked much of a given day alone, joining
> back up at lunch and at night. I realize that the CDT is different in this
> way, that you have to stay close to stay together at all, but the idea of
> being joined at the hip to anyone for months of hiking concerns me a little.
> What I've not seen anyone suggest is the idea of periodically splitting up
> for a while and agreeing to meet back up at or near a particular trail town.
> This seems like it would be a good compromise on the CDT to me, i.e., have a
> trail partnership, but have some significant "alone time" stretches. I
> suspect that both of us would appreciate some time apart, and enjoy each
> other's company that much more when we reconnected.
> The only downside I can see would be if one person ended up waiting quite a
> while for the other, and perhaps not being 100% certain that (for whatever
> reason) they're actually going to show up. I suppose another downside is
> the risk that, for whatever reason, the designated reunion spot wouldn't be
> a good/pleasant/safe/whatever place to hang out for the needed amount of
> time. Have any past CDT thru-hikers tried this approach ("meet you at
> this particular motel in a week or so"), and any observations if so?
> TIA ---
> Brian Lewis / Gadget
> http://www.postholer.com/brianle
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