[Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 30, Issue 20

Dylan Carlson carlsods at gmail.com
Mon Mar 22 12:22:14 CDT 2010


You've thru-hiked before, so obviously you know what works for you, but: I
would suggest *not* "warming up" by adding an extra 700 miles to your

The CDT was enormously physically challenging.  Many experienced hikers
dropped out quickly.  As a twenty-something in great physical shape, I had
some issues, but persevered. Nevertheless, I began to feel my body "break
down" for the last 400 miles of the trip, and I definitely don't think that
I would have lasted an extra 700 miles.

Just sayin: why make this harder than it already is.  Warming up is a great
idea.  Do some light day-hikes around home.  Do some *hard* day hikes around
home.  Do some overnights.  But give yourself time to recover, and don't
hurt your chances of success. (whatever that means to you.)  :-)

Dylan Carlson
CDT nobo 2009

> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 20:41:00 -0700
> From: Patrick Beggan <meta474 at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Cdt-l] 2010 Southbounders?
> Figured it was as good a time as any to check into anyone looking to start
> in Glacier this year. I checked the CDT-L archives but they look strangely
> sparse and there's nothing recorded there.
> SO! Who's headed south this year on the CDT? I'm (Joker, PCT2008/2009)
> starting June 15th in Glacier, from Chief Mountain/Belly River.
> Can't wait to start, pretty much all my necessities are in order. Thinking
> of quitting my job early and warming up with the first 790 miles of the PCT,
> too, but we'll see. All I know is I'll be rolling into East Glacier on that
> Amtrak around June 13th.
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