[Cdt-l] 30 days' walk SURVEY

Tom McGinnis sloetoe at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 15 13:00:45 CDT 2011

Okay, there's this faint possibility that I would have a 30-day window in which to take a walk, around mid-Summer this year. Off the top of my head, there would be 

1) The Long Trail 280+ miles that increase in their gnarlydom as you walk north. But I've done it already, and it *is* "close" (i.e., a "long green tunnel"). Hmmmm.

2) The Colorado Trail 500 miles, some CDT-ness, "hot"/"dry" in spots... Hmmmm.

3) Continental Divide in some subparts -- e.g., 
Rawlins WY SOBO to Denver CO
Rawlins WY NOBO to Yellowstone/ID

Conditioning? Right now, I'm a desk-driving flunkie, and the last serious hike I was on was 2004. I'd be solo (big advantage), and route-finding is no big deal (outside of the fact that this *is* the cdt), but I just went on a couple of easy runs the other day, and I am *still* feeling it -- I can't just run out the door anymore -- too much sitting...(must train!) SO!

In 2007, I did most of the Winds courtesy of The Great Guide, Sly[!], and then bopped around bushwhacking Medicine Bow and Mt. Zirkle -- totally loved everything I saw by car from Helena to I70/Denver. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

1) LT? (Probably not.)

2 CT? (Will it be too hot in mid-Summer? Too dry? Better elsewhere?)

3) CDT? (Something like the Winds up north past Yellowstone? OMG? Should I even bother thinking of something else? "Glacier" is too much bother by now, right?)

Tom McGinnis, City Dude
ONCE known as "sloetoe" the hiker......

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