[Cdt-l] New Mexico CDT Signage-2

Trekker4 at aol.com Trekker4 at aol.com
Sat Jan 11 23:15:35 CST 2014

In '10 there was a lot of new in '10 BLM  signed trail, new signs but no 
even faint trail; and, there was a lot of side to  side walking to get around 
vegetation; I'd guess all that's still true, and  believe it'll take 10-25 
years for there to be a visible trail. Hikers wandering  from sign to sign 
won't beat down much of a trail. I was brand new to GPS in  '10, and about 3 
mi W of one of the paved roads ran out of signs just after  a tank at a fence 
corner, even through GPS said I was on the trail. I didn't  trust the GPS, 
walked about a mi from the corner finding no signs and looking at  15 mi of 
open desert, with no reasonably close mountains for reference, to the  next 
road on S side of Lordsburg. When I lost sight of the fence corner, and  
finding no signs, I turned around and walked back to the paved road and road  
walked into Lordsburg, the rancher whose land I was on gave me a ride most of 
 the way back to the pavement, and I spent one night in a culvert under the 
road  since it was all private property with houses near I-10. I found out 
later that  I wasn't the only hiker that year who couldn't find the signs in 
far S  NM. 
    I decided that probably the guys who put up  the signs could easily see 
each other quite a ways apart when installing the  signs, but not being 
hikers forgot that a man is much wider and taller than the  signs. The skinny 
signs, vegetation growth, and knocked down signs  made for many, many times 
when the next sign wasn't visible for several  minutes. 
    Now, I'd easily trust the GPS; it's saved  me many, many off course 
excursions on the CDT. I've felt every year since that  the CDT signage was 
poor or non-existent in many places in every CDT  state. Some of you like that 
challenge I know; I just want to walk, not play  guess where the trail is 
located. I think I read that CDTC plans to fix  the sign problem. I'll be done 
this summer, before they get around to it  though.
    And Ty, NM was in a severe drought in '13;  in the fall, scarce water 
sources will be even worse than spring. Good  luck.  
Bob  "Trekker" Brewer  

In a message dated 1/11/2014 12:48:39 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
tystandage at gmail.com writes:

Hello all!  Glad to be tapped into this knowledgeable group. I'm  planning 
on doing the New Mexico section of the CDT this fall. 

I'm wondering about signage on this section of the trail. I've got my  
Jerry Brown Maps and am studying them religiously. Just wondering whether the  
bulk of the trail is hard to miss and whether there are specific segments 
that  give some people trouble as far as staying on route.

Thanks in  advance!


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