I suppose there is some conflict regarding "need" here.<br><br>It was my impression that this community wanted to leave the trail ... as is.<br><br>This is not an insurmountable task for a reasonably experienced hiker, and these waterless mileages are found on the PCT as well. The CDT provides so much opportunity for hikers of all abilities, that I think having some challenges like this will preserve its character.
<br><br>Ryan<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 10/2/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">Jim Wolf</b> <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
The Forest Service Southwestern Region has denied the Society's appeal<br>regarding the need for reliable water sources on the Trail near Mount<br>Taylor. Under the Forest Service decision, it is perfectly ok for the<br>
CDT to be routed so that users would have to hike nearly 50 miles, with<br>thousands of feet of elevation gain, often under hot conditions, with no<br>access to water.<br><br>We are urging the Forest Service to address this issue as it considers
<br>the Proposed Policy Directives that are currently out for comment. Our<br>suggestion is to include a new statement, as follows:<br><br> "In general, water sources will be limited to surface water<br> natually occurring along the trail. Additional water sources shold
<br> be constructed/developed, or temporary caches provided, if the<br> interval between usable sources (excluding dirt stock tanks) exceeds<br> a full day's travel by an average experienced backpacker."
<br><br>For more information, see the What's New section on the home page of our<br>website <a href="http://www.cdtsociety.org">www.cdtsociety.org</a>.<br><br>Jim Wolf<br>_______________________________________________
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