[pct-l] O.d.Coyote??? Not quite...
Ginny & Jim Owen
spiritbear2k at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 1 12:39:44 CST 2006
>On Nov 30, 2006, at 8:28 PM, Ginny & Jim Owen wrote:
>>I said that many, if not most, of those who have hiked the CDT in the
>>last 5 years ,as well as those who plan to hike next year, have announced
>>the Triple Crown as their primary motivation. Thats fact not
>>guesswork, opinion or argument.
>Hmm. I'm not sure I would agree with this statement but I'm only
>speculating--I certainly don't have any 'data' to prove that my thoughts
>are representative of past or future CDT hikers.
We've tracked this kind of information since 1995 - and chased it down for
some years before that. I seriously doubt that anyone but Jim Wolf has
given this subject as much attention.
>If I hike the CDT next year it will indeed complete my triple-crown but
>that isn't the reason I'm considering hiking the CDT. The reason I'm
>considering the CDT is that I haven't hiked it before and I think that I
>now have the skills for that trail--I didn't even know about the CDT
>before I set out on my AT thru-hike. I don't think that my desire to hike
>a *new* trail is all that uncommon. The inevitable side-effect of the
>desire to hike new long trails is to complete the triple-crown. But I
>think it is a side-effect, not the primary goal. At least that is the way
>I'm thinking about it. I don't think that my CDT completion will satiate
>my appetite for long-distance hiking and as such I don't think of the
>triple-crown as and endpoint but just an inevitable milestone in this
>long-distance hiker's journeys.
Well said. I was hoping you'd get out there soon. Now - can you get WC to
go with you? He's resisted our best efforts. <g>
Skill sets - if you've hiked the PCT, you have a good start. My
recommendation - go for a Wilderness First Aid course - and hone your map
and compass capability with some orienteering work. Then you can save
yourself the cost and weight of the GPS. GPS is NOT necessary for anyone
who's competent with map and compass and lacks an overwhelming fear of being
"lost." To paraphrase an old saw - Give a man a GPS and he'll navigate for
a day, teach him how to navigate and he'll never be lost again. Using a GPS
is NOT navigation - it just makes you a tourist with an electronic
guidebook. Of course, YMMV.
Frankly, I don't give a damn about the motivation of any iindividual. My
concern is the cumulative effect on the Trail, the hiking community and the
Trail towns. Like it or not, those who hike only for Triple Crown status
rather than love of the trail tend to have a less positive experience.
Generally they just want to "get through it" and they, for example, take all
the shortcuts/cutoffs and then roadwalk New Mexico.
There are also other side effects, but - enuff - let's not get too serious
We're on your side. If there's anything we can do for you, let us know.
But the website won't be updated with 2006 information until at least Jan 1.
We're working on it.
OK - I'm outta here - gotta go back to the drywall and tile work.
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