[Cdt-l] Kicking cairns

The Incredible Bulk ki6asp at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 08:41:02 CST 2010


I see now.  Pay back for cow tipping is cairn tipping.




On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 6:55 PM, Brett <blisterfree at yahoo.com> 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 <http://mc/compose?to=lwgear@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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