[Cdt-l] Fwd: Direction of Thru-Hike

Sean Staplin seanstaplin at gmail.com
Mon Nov 25 17:48:38 CST 2013

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From: Sean Staplin <seanstaplin at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Direction of Thru-Hike
To: Ryley Breiddal <ryleyb at gmail.com>

I started on April 29th, took about ten zeros before leaving Cumbres Pass,
and left Cumbres  June 4th. I still had quite a bit of snow to deal with
and it was a pretty low snow year. If I was hitting the high country north
of Ghost ranch a whole month earlier the snow would have been constant for
hundreds of miles I am sure. Do yourself a favour and delay your start
unless you are willing to go for very low mileage days with almost total
snow cover and increased route finding problems.


On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM, Ryley Breiddal <ryleyb at gmail.com> wrote:

> That sounds very, very early to me...
> If you're hitting a decent pace, you'll be getting to the San Juans at the
> end of April.  That means you'll very likely be in snow throughout CO.
>  Maybe this turns out to be a low snow year (note that generally the snow
> level at this time of year has little bearing on how quickly it melts out
> in spring, so I wouldn't count on much at this point).
> I suggest you get your hands on Yogi's book and read the sections on NOBO
> vs SOBO and start dates... should help you make an informed decision.
> Cheers,
> Ryley
> CDT 2011
> On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM, Eaton, Kirk <keaton at irco.com> wrote:
>>  I am starting to plan my Thru-Hike for 2015 and am thinking of going
>> NOBO starting on April 1. I hear of quite a few going SOBO – any advice?
>> Thanks
>> OB = Old and Busted
>> AT Thru - 2013
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