[Cdt-l] Bearcreek Maps of alternate routes

Jackie McDonnell yogihikes at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 15:08:53 CDT 2013


ooooh, how about adding Knapsack Col in the Winds?  That's a stunning
alternate.  I can't imagine traveling to the Winds to hike and NOT doing
Knapsack Col.  It would be like hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and not
doing Mt. Whitney.

Yogi
www.pcthandbook.com


On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM, <bcss at bresnan.net> wrote:

> Chuck,****
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> You are probably the 30th person who has raised this issue this year.
> The answer is yes.  I am also responding to your inquiry publicly to CDT-L
> in hopes that others will see it as well. (I removed all your contact and
> e-mail information)  ****
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> I have been collecting second party GPS information on the most commonly
> traveled alternates for a couple of years now. The plan is to provide maps
> of these alternates for the 2014 season.  These are:
>
> *New Mexico:*
> Columbus / Deming
> Gila River
> Mt. Taylor Summit
> Old Pietown route (probably will move the Omega north roadwalk to one that
> goes to Pietown as well. Official route is going to eventually parallel the
> road from Omega to Pietown, so pie will always be part of the experience)*
> ***
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> Cebolla Wilderness
> Skull bridge / Ghost Ranch / Bear Camp
>
> *Colorado:*
> Creede Cutoff
> New Argentine Spine route
> Silverthorne
>
> *Wyoming:*
> Temple Pass  / Cirque of the Towers
> Go-around to Fish Lake / Leeds Creek
>
> *Montana/Idaho:*
> Mack's Inn
> Anaconda Cutoff
> Bob Marshall – Spotted Bear Pass to Gooseberry
>
> The GPS data being used for these is primarily track files from Garmins
> and is of considerably lower quality than that of the data obtained by the
> mapping project of 2009-2011.  I am checking it all with aerial topography
> and making corrections - it should be end up being very good overall.
>  Probably 100' off in places, but the map lines on the maps are almost that
> wide.  GPS waypoints for the routes are also being generated, and the maps
> will be just like the current Mapbook Maps with UTM grid to aid navigation.
> ****
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> One unresolved issue is whether to include the alternate maps in each
> state’s mapbook, or to create a separate book of all the alternates.  The
> mapbooks are expensive, and the NM one in particular would get more so as
> more pages are added. It appears that possibly up to 6 hikers will complete
> the entire official route this year, while most others are doing at least
> one or two of the alternates.  One possibility would be to produce a single
> book plus a downloadable e-book of the alternates. The e-book would be a
> lower cost alternative and users could just print the maps they need.  I
> would love to get feedback on this, particularly from the new 2014 hikers.
> ****
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> best wishes,****
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> Jerry Brown****
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> *mailto:bcss at bresnan.net <bcss at bresnan.net>*****
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> www.bearcreeksurvey.com****
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> *From:* Chuck Shugart (e-mail removed)
> *Sent:* Monday, September 09, 2013 8:40 PM
> *To:* bcss at bresnan.net
> *Subject:* CDT maps****
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> Hi,     ****
>
>     I have all your CDT map books.  (They are awesome!)  I am planning to
> start NOBO next Spring.  Will probably have to do the whole trail in two
> pieces.  (Two years.  I still have a job)  I am extremely dependant on the
> UTM grids to keep myself "found" on any map.  So that's why I really like
> your maps over Jonathan Ley's...no UTM grids.  But I like Ley's maps
> because they give a few reasonable alternates to the "Official" CDT.  I'm
> just afraid that the compass rose method isn't going to make me comfortable
> about being in the right place, heading the right direction.  Especially in
> areas where the trail is sketchy or non existant.  I was talking to another
> guy who is planning to thru hike it in 2015, and he said he had heard
> somewhere that you were planning on also mapping some of the most popular
> alternates this winter.  Is that right?  So far I'm hoping for the Columbus
> route, the Gila River route, the Creed and Anaconda routes.  (And any other
> major ones I am not aware of yet.)****
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>     Or is there some way I can UTM"ize" Ley's maps?****
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>  ****
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> Thanks,****
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>  ****
>
> Chuck Shugart****
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