[Cdt-l] Decision to turn my hike upside down

Trekker4 at aol.com Trekker4 at aol.com
Sun May 9 12:26:21 CDT 2010

The MT snowpack is below normal 
(http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/support/water/westwide/snowpack/wy2010/snow1005.gif) ),  as common 
in an El Nino year, so I'd guess there'd be no problems with the 4  usual 
snow problem areas in Glacier NP (clearly marked on the Nat'l  Geo/Trails 
Illustrated GNP map). I'm planning an approx 4 week Sbound CDT hike  beginning 
abt 22 Jun, to the Elliston/Helena area, I have to finish the PCT in  WA in 
Bob  "Trekker"
Big Bend Desert Denizen, and...
Naturalized Citizen - Republic  of Texas

"Government cripples you, then hands you a crutch and says,  'See, if it 
wasn't for us, you couldn't walk.' " -- Harry Browne

"If you  think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it 
costs when its  free." -- P J O'Rourke

In a message dated 5/9/2010 9:59:13 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
jackrichardson at roadrunner.com writes:

Hi CDT  hikers,

After my blister packed 4/14 nobo start (57 miles) I have  decided to  
let the blister healing finish. It has been almost 4  weeks since my  
return to Maine. Recently I have done a few 4 mile  walks with and  
without pack (20#). There is still tenderness in both  feet but I am  
encouraged. The reluctance to jump back into the trip  is based upon  
Rachel's, my wife, experience on the PCT. Her  blistered feet healed  
over time while hiking but the process caused  other foot problems that  
are just now being resolved after three  years.

So, the new plan is to consider going to Glacier mid to late  June and  
do a SOBO. This will be a very different hike. I will be  checking  
postholer.com and trailjournals.com and trailforums.com for  other sobo  
hikers leaving around that time.

My recollection  is that the snowpack in MT is about normal, which  
would be  great.

It would be great to hear from other 2010  sobo'ers,


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