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Re: [CDT-L] My intro

It seems to me that many people out there are just a bit too obsessed by the
"big three", while at the same time preaching the joys of "ultimate freedom"
and flexibility.  Why not make up your own hike?  How "free" are you really
if you are going to be confined to one of three long trails?  Why not combine
portions of smaller trails to create your own experience?  Why not a traverse
of nevada or a circumnavigation of the colorado rockies?  How bout traveling
up the wind rivers and down the tetons across the Uintas and back to the
Winds?  Maybe up the Arizona trail and across the Colorado Plateau.
    I think its about time we start thinking a bit more loosely.  We might be
surprised with what we could come up with and everyone would benefit.

Jeffrey Short wrote:

> Hi all..
>         My name is Jeff Short...I'm 30 from the state of Delaware...and,
> as you probably have guessed, I am a new subscriber to the list.
>         For the past couple of years, I have had dreams/wishes about
> completing a long-distance hike.  Of course, because of its
> proximity, my first thoughts were towards the AT.  I am
> wishing/planning on thru-hiking the AT (GA->ME) in 2002.
>         About 6 months ago, my hiking thoughts included the PCT and
> CDT.  My new hiking goal was to do a triple thru-hike in my
> lifetime.  Lately, however, I have gotten specific and maybe a little
> crazy about hiking the Big Three.
>         My current dream is to hike the AT, CDT, and PCT in both
> directions (S->N and N->S) by the time I hit 40 (late November,
> 2009)!  Sort of a Triple-Double experience!!
>         Ok.. I have left myself open to any snickering / potshots  from
> the group.   One question that I have is : In what order would you
> hike the trails?  I would like to go East->West (AT, CDT, PCT)...
> however, it seems that the CDT is the harsher of the three trails, so
> it could also make sense to hike it last.
> Any comments would be appreciated...
> Jeff
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