[Cdt-l] Bird's Eye View of CDT

Rick Ostheimer rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net
Thu Dec 30 13:34:06 CST 2010

Yep, Iceaxe, the AT is quite a different trail from the PCT.  There 
really are a shelters every 7 to 10 miles or so, and there's a reason 
for them. The eastern mountains get a good deal of rain.  Sometimes for 
days on end.  That's what makes them so green.  One day in particular 
stands out for me as I remember the AT in Virginia.  I was walking 
through a tunnel of blooming Mountain Laurels and savoring the scent of 
pink wild azaleas as approached the Woods Hole Hostel near Pearisburg 
during intermittent afternoon thundershowers.

Plus, don't get the idea the AT is easy despite the lack of high 
elevations compared to the PCT and CDT.  Its builders weren't much into 
switchbacks.  Hah!  To get a perspective check out the early entries in 
Sage's AT journal on Postholer.

Thanks for the verbal picture you painted of the snow-draped Divide.  It 
makes me anxious to return this coming summer.

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