[Cdt-l] S Nm CDT logistics

b j xthrow at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 9 13:10:47 CST 2015

Hi Bob and Mary,
Thanks for sharing your experience.  Did you cowboy camp or tent (I'm kindof trying to get a feeling about what's best with the cold).
When you put water in the water caches, did you feel fairly confident that noone else would be drinking it (especially since it's so close to the border)?

     From: Bob Sartini <bobsartini at gmail.com>
 To: Mary Kwart <mkwart at gci.net> 
Cc: CDT Emaillist <cdt-l at backcountry.net>; xthrow at yahoo.com 
 Sent: Sunday, February 8, 2015 6:38 PM
 Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] S Nm CDT logistics
I did NM in 2013 and found it to be windy pretty much all the time. Also cold every night without exception. I guess that's a clue that every year is different. Also we filled our own caches (meaning we put water in the boxes) and 4 of five were right off of paved roads.  

On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 6:27 PM, Mary Kwart <mkwart at gci.net> wrote:

Hi, Porsche:

I completed the NM section of the CDT last spring. I got a ride to the Mexican border with the CDT van on the first day they took reservations--April 10th. I was staying in Lordsburg, but Teresa Martinez picked me up the night before and we drove to SIlver City, where we stayed at a trail angel's house and then picked up more hikers in the early morning at SIlver City. I believe they will now pickup at Lordsburg. Contact Teresa Martinez from the CDTC.

I don't remember any major winds in southern NM when I did it last year. One thing I remember about NM was how cold it was north of the desert. Our water bottles froze in our tents and our boots wet from wading in the river froze on several days within and north of the Gila WIlderness. I was glad I had a sleeping bag rated to 15 degrees. 

You could leave water at the caches with your own vehicle if you wanted to start earlier, because they are secure metal boxes and you can label your containers. Your car would have to be able to tolerate some dirt road travel--I don't know if 4wd is necessary for any, but the ones I saw had decent dirt roads coming up to them. There were trail angels filling water containers for the caches at a market in Lordsburg. I think some were volunteers from out of the area, but some were locals. I don't know if they would cache for you outside of the CDT van shuttle framework of dates.

The most important thing for the first day was hiking about 13 miles to get to the first cache--no water before then at all from the border. 

 I also did a little detour around flood debris on the Gila above Doc Campbell's on alternate trails. You might want to find out about the status of the flood debris this year.

Ghost Ranch is not to be missed--I made reservations for a room ahead of time and stayed there for two days.

Have a good hike and contact me if you have any other questions. My journal is at postholer.com



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