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> >From owner-cdt-l  Sun Aug 13 12:46:42 2000
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>Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2000 12:43:43 -0600
>To: cdt-l@backcountry.net
>From: Charlie Thorpe <charliethorpe@worldnet.att.net>
>Subject: CDT section hike info needed
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>Hello All -
>Hooray...it looks like I might just be able to get away for little
>hike after all (the good Lord willing and the creeks don't rise...)!
>Last time I started at the WY/CO border and came down the CDT to
>Cottonwood Pass (near Buena Vista - below Leadville).  I am hoping to
>be able to pick up again at Cottonwood Pass and to hike as far south
>as a little less than three weeks will get me.
>I will be interested to find out how much the altitude will affect me
>this time.  I hiked during the same time of the year on my last
>section, but I had spent the entire summer at or above 8,000'.  This
>time I will be starting out with a solid year's worth of
>acclimatization all the way up to a lofty 675' <g>.
>I am really enjoying reading Jim's (Guide to the CDT - Vol 5), Tom's
>(Colorado's CDT), and Dave's (Alternative Routes) books...can't think
>of a better way to get back in the spirit of the CDT!
>I do have a couple of questions for those on the list who might have
>current trail info:
>Here in Alabama, it seems like much of the west has been on fire this
>summer <f>.  Are there any fires currently burning near the CDT
>between Cottonwood Pass and the NM border?  Is there a good way to
>get the latest info just before I leave for the trail?
>How about water?  My daughter lives in Colorado Springs (AF pilot who
>sometimes flies over the area and a backpacker, herself) and has
>heard through the grapevine that things are really dry this year.
>Will I be running into problems with lack of surface water that goes
>beyond the water discussions in the guidebooks?  As with the fires,
>is there a good way to et the latest info just before I leave for the
>I am going to try a mix of "going cold" and the Esbit fuel tablets
>this time out.  I used the Peak1 Apex II on my two thru-hikes (loved
>it!) and the Peak1 Extreme (butane/propane) on my last CDT section
>(did fine).  I tried going cold for six weeks on the AT, but decided
>that warm food and an occasional cuppa was more my style when the
>snow started to fly <g>.
>Does anybody have any direct experience with using the Esbit tablets
>for this kind of hiking?  I am assuming that I will need to carry
>some HD aluminum foil to act as both as an "ash catcher" and a wind
>screen (I don't plan to take the funky little fold-up stove...lotsa
>rocks up there <g>).  Are the Esbit ashes toxic?  I plan to carry
>them out in any case, but I am curious how fast I will die if I get
>them confused with the lemon pepper...
>Is there a chance that I will be seeing anybody from the list on the trail?
>Trace No Leaves,
>- Charlie II  AT (MEGA'93)
>                  PCT (Mex@Can'95)
>             Chipping away at the CDT

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