[Cdt-l] Well marked? Hah!
Jim and_or Ginny Owen
spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 29 21:32:45 CST 2010
You shoulda been there in 1999 - It IS well marked now - comparatively.
The operative statement in your post is - One really has to pay attention to navigation.
Congratulations - and welcome to the Society of the Frequently Lost
> Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:04:26 -0500
> From: rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net
> To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
> Subject: [Cdt-l] Well marked? Hah!
> I hiked from Crazy Cook to Steamboat Springs in '10 and plan on picking
> up the hike nobo this summer at the end of June. The CDT is NOT well
> marked. On BLM lands in NM, there were posts about every quarter mile
> some of which had blown down or been knocked down by cows. You could
> barely see from one to the other and frequently would have to go beyond
> the post you were at before you spotted the next one. Occasionally
> there were blazes cut into pines in the wooded sections. In many places
> it is cross country. Sometimes there was a herd path, but frequently
> there wasn't much of one. Since it was a high snow year, in S Colorado
> the trail was frequently hidden under the snow. That said, the portion
> of the trail that coincides with the Colorado Trail is usually better
> marked----except, where turns off one dirt road onto another aren't
> followed by a sign to let you know you've turned onto the right path.
> Hah! I had two of those the same day, but at least the afternoon
> thunderstorm was over the trail dirt road rather than the longer road
> that I was following.
> I was rushed in my final prep work and when I loaded OOO's GPS track,
> the Delorme software kindly dropped a lot of points so it would all
> fit. It did warn me, but I didn't realize how much that would degrade
> the value of the GPS. (I've fixed that indiscretion for this year.) I
> misplaced the trail frequently due to not checking my map frequently.
> After learning the hard way, when I finally made a point of orienting
> myself on the maps relative to the topography I could see around me
> frequently, the "misplacing" of the trail diminished. I learned to
> double check on the maps at every trail and/or road intersection, as
> every time I failed to do so, it seemed I'd be heading the wrong way.
> One really has to pay attention to navigation. I carried an MP3 player,
> but only felt secure in listening to it on long road-walk sections like
> the trek into and out of Pie Town. Also, I found that the Wolf Guides
> were very difficult to translate from sobo (as they're written) to nobo
> (as I was travelling).
> I guess what I'm saying is, if you and your lady plan for some alone
> time, you need to both be comfortable with navigating with map and
> compass, and have your own sets of maps. I second the 4 eyes are better
> than 2 comment. The brief times when I was hiking with others tended to
> be times I didn't get misplaced, because one or the other of us
> questioned a wrong turn quickly and we put our heads together to
> interpret the maps.
> In spite of these navigation difficulties, the CDT was the wildest, most
> beautiful of the three long distance trails I've been on to date.
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