[Cdt-l] Direction of Thru-Hike
bobsartini at gmail.com
Tue Nov 26 09:25:09 CST 2013
Well, you still have to keep your eyes open and not zone out :)
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM, Jennifer Hanson
<jennifer.hanson at earthlink.net> wrote:
> 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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> 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.
>> 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?
>> OB = Old and Busted
>> AT Thru - 2013
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