[Cdt-l] Kicking cairns

Brett blisterfree at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 6 21:59:56 CST 2010


It's nothing if not instructive, though. I mean, constructing cairns and no tread certainly *seems* like a great way to bring a new section of CDT on-line in open terrain like that. 

Eat a cow, support an entire industry of cairn kickers. ;-)


--- On Wed, 1/6/10, Sly <hikertrash at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Sly <hikertrash at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Kicking cairns
To: "CDT Mailing List" <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 10:43 PM

Yup that was the stretch.  Figures.  Those stupid things.    Think I'll 
go eat one.  heh

Sly

Brett wrote:
> >>I can't remember
> exactly but in one section in northern NM, it appeared all the 2-3 foot
> high cairn had been knocked over.  Since there were so many, I
> questioned whether it had been done deliberately or by snow/ice melt,
> but what was erect in '02 were knocked down in '07.<< 
>
> Three words: COWS COWS COWS!
>
> Sounds like maybe the stretch from Ojo de los Indios over the mesa 
> toward Rio Puerco, ie part of the New Mexico Mountain Club adopted 
> "cairned route."
>
>
>
> --- On *Wed, 1/6/10, Sly /<hikertrash at gmail.com>/* wrote:
>
>
>     From: Sly <hikertrash at gmail.com>
>     Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Kicking cairns
>     To: "CDT Mailing List" <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
>     Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 3:01 PM
>
>     Hmmm, not sure where you hiked but there's plenty of sections of
>     trail
>     that are only marked by cairns  in every state.  I can't remember
>     exactly but in one section in northern NM, it appeared all the 2-3
>     foot
>     high cairn had been knocked over.  Since there were so many, I
>     questioned whether it had been done deliberately or by snow/ice melt,
>     but what was erect in '02 were knocked down in '07.  From being
>     easy to
>     see were just barely visible above the grass.
>
>     Well, the CDT isn't as easy to follow as the AT or PCT, it's not all
>     that difficult either.  To be honest I hope it's never marked as
>     well. 
>     I prefer the challenge rather than walking mindless single track.
>
>     YMMV,
>
>     Sly
>
>     lwgear at juno.com </mc/compose?to=lwgear at juno.com> wrote:
>     >
>     > My experience (1700 miles) on the CDT this past summer revealed
>     that
>     > alot of so-called cairns marking the ever-elusive CDT route are
>     > nothing more than a single stone on top of a larger stone.
>     Sometimes
>     > you might actually get two or three piled together that some kind
>     > hiker, previously lost and frustrated, took a minute to assemble.
>     > Rarely did I ever see what would be considered a cairn built
>     with hard
>     > labor. You know, a couple feet high, big stones that even ATVers
>     might
>     > be dissuaded by.
>     >
>     > So who knows? Maybe Jack was accidentally stumbling over a few
>     rocks
>     > without even knowing what he was doing. I'm being somewhat
>     facetious
>     > but the point is...the CDT is horribly marked and until the
>     government
>     > overseers get their act together, we'll always be desperate for
>     > ways--Ley maps, GPS routes, Wolf books, prayer--to stay on-track.
>     >
>     > lynne whelden
>     >
>     > PS The dictionary defines cairns as "a heap of stones piled up as a
>     > memorial or as a landmark."
>     >
>     >
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