[Cdt-l] Direction of Thru-Hike

Jennifer Hanson jennifer.hanson at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 26 09:15:10 CST 2013

Wow, that's cool to hear.  Makes me want to hike the CDT again.

Jennifer A Hanson
Author, "Hiking the CDT: One Woman's Journey"

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From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of Bob Sartini
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:48 AM
To: Jim and_or Ginny Owen
Cc: cdt-l; Eaton, Kirk
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Direction of Thru-Hike

One thing I found last year. Others may disagree. But the trail in NM was
way better blazed than I expected and than hikers from even five years ago
might  tell you. Another issue, is all the CDT veterans told me there would
be very few others out there. In fact we all thought it was more PCT like
than we were told and in fact in towns it was like the AT. Table for 12?  So
the attention the CDT is getting and the number of hikers may have changed
enough that you should try to get input from recent hikers for most issues.
Snow of course is not one of those issues, Ginny is right on about that.

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 10:30 PM, Jim and_or Ginny Owen
<spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> My husband and I are older slower hikers who wanted to enjoy a 
> relatively leisurely hike on the CDT.  In 2006 we started April 17th 
> and reached the CO border June 2.  It was a very low snow year in NM 
> and southern Colorado, but we still ran into snow in northern NM and 
> in the south San Juans.  We had to do a couple of detours - around the 
> Knife Edge and from Blue Lake to Elwood Pass - because we were postholing
hip deep.
> We've hiked the CDT both NOBO and SOBO.  Both directions have advantages
> disadvantages. (see http://spiriteaglehome.com/cdt_northsouth.html   In
> 2006, the number of NOBO vs. SOBO hikers was about even.  Some years 
> there are a lot more in one direction or the other, and some years 
> have a lot of flip floppers or people who take off for a month or so 
> in the middle to wait for snow to melt.
> Both our hikes took six months.  My 2006 NOBO journal, if you're
> - is at http://spiriteaglehome.com/cdt06.html   The 1999 SOBO journal is
> also there for comparison.
> Ginny
> ________________________________
> From: keaton at irco.com
> To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
> Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:09:08 +0000
> Subject: [Cdt-l] Direction of Thru-Hike
> 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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