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[CDT-L] Trails, attitudes, and hiking our own hike
- Subject: [CDT-L] Trails, attitudes, and hiking our own hike
- Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 10:29:34 -0600
Hello All -
Hey...nice discussions lately!
Nice to see your comments again on CDT-L, Jim and Ginny. I really
enjoyed reading about your CDT hike and appreciate being included in
the "Flight of the Spirit Eagle" mailing list. I look forward to
pouring over your future detailed trail postings...I still have a LOT
of the CDT to hike <g>.
Karen...you are a welcome voice! I always enjoy postings from
someone who takes the trouble to explain where they are coming from.
Enjoyed your book about the CDT...am I to understand that you have
another one out? BTW, we met a couple of times back in '93. My son
and I met you very briefly at the hostel in Gorham (NH) when we were
hung there waiting to get our resupply package sprung from the PO
(4th of July holiday long weekend blues...). I met you again at the
CDT session at the ALDHA gathering that fall (I came off the trail to
do a Leave No Trace session and to enjoy the gathering). I was the
really scruffy one who was hanging out in the cafeteria most of the
Roger...where is your next CDT section going to be? I would love to
run into you on the trail again! Tony won't be hiking with me for a
while - his growing family is helping him find other priorities <g>.
Ron, I always enjoy your postings on PCT-L (especially when you
stretch my thinking by taking a position that I don't agree with at
first). Sonofagun...I am stretched again <g>...I am going to have to
disagree with your take on the recent discussions here on CDT-L.
I don't see the good recent discussion as being about "hike your own
hike" at all. A number of truly important issues have been raised
that CAN over time change we way that we all enjoy our distance
hiking "sport". The practical aspects of how we choose to build,
use, pay for, and provide services on our hiking trails are obviously
able to be quite important to all of us at specific times and places.
IMHO, the broader philosophical issues that provide the underpinnings
for our thinking on the more specific practical topics (trail routes,
water availability, fees, permits, etc.) are even more
important....the nitty-gritty practical details will change from day
to day, but it is our hand-won personal trail attitude that sustains
each of us for the long haul.
Dave's observations (I enjoy your "Alternative Routes"...and the
philosophy behind it!) on the very meaning of the CDT as a "trail"
are important for CDT hikers to sort out for ourselves - either
before we start our hike or later when faced with three ways to go
(two ways of which we can find), low food, questionable water, and a
hi-altitude storm coming up quickly <g>.
Do we distance hikers want the CDT to be a well-defined single
footpath...or a collection of different footpaths which tend to go in
the "same" direction...or maybe even just a broad public-access
corridor and we gets there as we can?
Is this decision ours to make ("hike your own hike") or is it being
made by the CDTA, CDTS, and the various managing agencies that are
laying in the trail? Do we want input into the CDT-definition
process as trail-loving citizens or as distance hikers? As distance
hikers who are fiercely determined to "hike our own hike"...do we
Do we want the CDT to be built using the same guidelines as the AT?
The PCT? Should enhancing the hiker's ability to get from point A to
point B be an important objective in trail design? Should it be
considered at all? How about using the CDT to guide us to wonderful
backcountry that we might not otherwise get into? Could the trail be
used to concentrate our activity into one "sacrificial" area so that
we don't destroy the rest of the backcountry? All the above? What
Do we distance hikers want to encourage having the "Great Trails"
slowly being homogenized as they are slowly made more and more
accessible? Do we want the PCT to get more and more like the AT? Do
we want the CDT to follow suit? We CAN make a difference at both the
"official" and the grassroots levels. Discussing how we distance
hikers can organize ourselves to best influence the "official"
process (CDTA, CDTS, other?) is one thing that we can do here on this
list. Discussing how we can best use our often unexpected influence
amongst the general hiking/backpacking "community" is another.
For instance, there are well-meaning volunteer efforts being made as
we speak to eliminate one of the important technical differences
between the PCT and the AT (water availability in some of the more
arid stretches). Is that a good thing for our sport? Will shoveling
a path through the high passes in the Sierras be next? These sincere
efforts are being done to "help" us thru-hikers...our attitudes about
the effects that this kind of highly structured help will have on our
sport will certainly influence what these good people try to do "for
For me, discussing the above sorts of questions with folks who have
been there and done that is always worthwhile. I have learned a lot
as I have enjoyed distance hiking...about some beautiful parts of our
country, about some neat folks met during the hikes, and about
myself. Discussing the "headbanging" issues helps me sort out what
is/isn't important to me and quite often opens my eyes to viewpoints
I have not yet considered.
Hey guys...we don't have to agree on ANYTHING! In fact, I would
probably want to find another discussion group if we did <VBG>.
There is obviously a LOT of knowledge about the CDT running loose
around here...and a lot of love for the trail, as well.
Make believe that we all just met on the trail...and Jim has offered
to share his hoard of Snickers bars! Let's sit, take our boots off,
and talk about that stuff we have been mulling over the last ten
miles or so...
- Charlie II AT (MEGA'93)
Chipping away at the CDT
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