[Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 38, Issue 42

Len Beké lentheman-lenteman at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 28 13:06:41 CST 2010




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> Today's Topics:
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>    1. Re: trail partnership (Chris dePolo)
>    2. Re: trail partnership (Brian Lewis)
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> Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2010 19:24:55 -0800 (PST)
> From: Chris dePolo <cdepolo at ymail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] trail partnership
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> Brian,
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> I'm wondering the same things.  I'll be attempting the CDT with my girlfriend next year, don't know if you remember that post on WB but I think you may have commented on it.
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> I frequently mention how I love to be alone and have no obligations to anyone while hiking.  I think it is going to be tough to hike with a partner.  I know that we are both going to want our alone time so I've been wondering how to manage it.
> 
> I'm debating picking up two lightweight walkie talkies maybe.  I don't really like to carry extra stuff so I don't know.
> 
> I plan on taking two shelters, prob a gg spintwin cause I like setting a tarp up for lunch on those rainy days and prob a real tent just to appease my lady.  If we do ever split for a few days I won't be left without a shelter ect ect.  I'd actually like for her to see if she likes a day or two alone so.
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> I think that doing it on a stretch into town makes sense and I'd prob try that.  I haven't done much research into it yet but how much of the trail is well marked if any?
> 
> And on a side note: Gadget, were you on the PCT this year?  I think we met in the desert one rainy day.  You had a little gadget that checked the wind speed if I remember correctly and you are the same gadget.  I think your wife was picking you up from hikertown that day.
> 
> -Chance
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> .
> Consensus is that if you don't want to hike the CDT literally alone, you
> start with one or more partners and you stay close together the whole time.
> I like the fellow that I plan to hike with a lot, but I've also quite
> enjoyed weeks of hiking alone on both PCT and AT, and even when hiking with
> one or more partners I've often hiked much of a given day alone, joining
> back up at lunch and at night.  I realize that the CDT is different in this
> way, that you have to stay close to stay together at all, but the idea of
> being joined at the hip to anyone for months of hiking concerns me a little.
> 
> What I've not seen anyone suggest is the idea of periodically splitting up
> for a while and agreeing to meet back up at or near a particular trail town.
> This seems like it would be a good compromise on the CDT to me, i.e., have a
> trail partnership, but have some significant "alone time" stretches.  I
> suspect that both of us would appreciate some time apart, and enjoy each
> other's company that much more when we reconnected.
> 
> The only downside I can see would be if one person ended up waiting quite a
> while for the other, and perhaps not being 100% certain that (for whatever
> reason) they're actually going to show up.    I suppose another downside is
> the risk that, for whatever reason, the designated reunion spot wouldn't be
> a good/pleasant/safe/whatever place to hang out for the needed amount of
> time.      Have any past CDT thru-hikers tried this approach ("meet you at
> this particular motel in a week or so"), and any observations if so?
> 
> TIA ---
> 
> 
>    Brian Lewis / Gadget
>    http://www.postholer.com/brianle
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> Message: 2
> Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 02:34:05 -0800
> From: "Brian Lewis" <brianle at nwlink.com>
> Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] trail partnership
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> "I'm debating picking up two lightweight walkie talkies maybe."
> 
> My recollection is that unless you get the type you need a license to use,
> they don't have enough range to make them too helpful for reconnecting.
> 
> "Gadget, were you on the PCT this year?"
> 
> Nope, must have been another fellow; I was on the AT this year (did the PCT
> in 2008). 
> 
> As more and more folks start bringing things like smartphones into the
> wilderness, I won't be surprised if "Gadget" gets to be one of those
> overused trail names (like "Wizard", Greybeard", etc).  There were two of us
> on the PCT in 2008 until the other fellow decided to change his name.
> 
> 
> 	Brian Lewis / Gadget
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