[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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