[Cdt-l] Location name / lowly- start date

matthew lesniewicz mlesswicz at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 9 18:36:21 CST 2014

I 'm guessing the campground was Lagunitas. I don't remember a private ranch per say but it is surrounded by the Tierra Amarilla on the west. That's what keeps us off the divide leaving north of Chama. Chama and Banded Pks. Those first two defining mountains in the south san juan.

I'm in the same boat in regards to being a "lowly section hiker." And also wondering about an ideal start date ID/MT. Heading north. 

It's one thing when one plans a thru and finds themselves demoted to a section hiker  Vs. a conscious choice of only hiking sections.
There's something less fulfilling about it, if your not fulfilling your intentions.

That's where I'm at from this 2014 season hike. A measly 2000 miles and I feel like a failure. Completely short handed. I know that's my own problem. I'll confess, even worse I opted for the Big sky variant and regretted every moment of it leading to the point of bailing out in Big Sky MT.  A complete mental collapse around it. Not to mention funding. Somebody should take this out as an option. And save it for the yo yo's to whom it was created for. It is completely more directionally sound however, but way off the divide theme.

Now I'm stuck with 550 miles from there or going back to southern yellowstone and finishing the official some 900-1000 mi.
Even if I would have finished the variant I wouldn't have felt like I hiked the CDT.  Not meeting the demand of the divide.

Most will say it doesn't matter what routes you take on the cdt but I would ask are you hiking the CDT? Can you hack the Weminuche or climb the highest on the divide. Or hike the basin in the hottest time of the season. Short cutting, flipping blah blah. I think once you start doing this, one tends to loose their "thru" hiking status. And is transposed to a chunker. I know this topic will get heated and the debate will go on and on and peoples' feelings will get hurt. And everybody will get defensive.  

Thru the seasons and thru the land, over the trail, to the border we go!

(Disclaimer): these are my feelings and interpretations.
And really none of it matters. I'm just glad to see and meet everyone out there. It was a great class of 2014.
I'm just trying to come out of my shell with all this.

The CDT is an epic awesome passage. I'm so enthralled that it exists for us..........

 We do what we can and make the most of it.

And the irony is, in reality hiking sections probably would be the most enjoyable. Bravo to the section hikers that "embrace" this.

Anyone with PTS (post trail syndrome) out there?

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