[Cdt-l] Fwd: Gila Wilderness

ks1007 at aol.com ks1007 at aol.com
Tue Dec 27 13:25:31 CST 2011

or I can take you to the border for $20 caching water on our way south - I will pick you up at train or bus station for free

el coyote
Keith and Mary
Trail Angels
Deming, NM

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Ostheimer <rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net>
To: cdt-l <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Cc: lcgrconrad <lcgrconrad at aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 11:55 am
Subject: [Cdt-l] Gila Wilderness

There is no vaccine for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but it can be 
reated with antibiotics.  This is a tick-borne disease, so your best 
et is to do frequent checks for ticks and remove them before they get a 
hance to infect you.  There are other infections that ticks can also 
ransmit including Lyme Disease.  There was a vaccine for Lyme Disease, 
ut it has been withdrawn.  It too can be treated with antibiotics, but 
ne should catch it during the initial stages of an infection as there 
re very serious issues if the infection becomes established.
There are 3 possible starting points for a nobo: Columbus (S of Deming), 
razy Cook Monument, and Antelope Wells.  The "official" route starts at 
razy Cook which is literally in the middle of nowhere.  I got a fee 
huttle down there from Sam Hughes who lives in Hachita.  The route is 
easonably well marked with signs erected by the BLM.  The BLM has set 
p water caches along the route from Hachita to Lordsburg and Sam Hughes 
raciously stocked them for me when I hiked the NM-CO chunk in 2010.  
lternatively, you can hitch to Columbus, which is a port of entry, from 
eming which has train and bus service.  This route is described in the 
olfe guides.   Antelope Wells is another port of entry on NM81 of 
achita.  I believe this route is not recommended due to issues with 
llegal immigration.
I recommend you get on the list for Jonathan Ley's updated CDT map CD.  
is maps will have many alternates to choose from, not only in NM, but 
any other places along the trail.

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