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[cdt-l] Which CDT Starting Point

I have been waiting to see what response this question got. Hmmm, no
opinions on starting locations.

We started at Antelope Wells. That allowed us to stash water along the
highway between Hachita and the border. It is a roadwalk, but we made great
miles for it being the start - 45 miles into Hachita in about 1 1/2 days.
This route also avoids private lands. I know others who started at Common
Ground. They roughly followed BLM roads to the highway, and also stashed
water. Seems the water availabilty is the key to where to start.

We talked to one of the ranchers along the highway. We learned early how
serious these people are about land ownership issues. He didn't care if we
pumped water from his cow tanks, but would deny giving us permission if
anything went to court. He didn't want any legal responsibility for sick
hikers. Then he told us he would have hikers arrested for tresspassing if
they were on some areas of his land. These areas seemed like they were not
near any of the routes CDT hikers speak of.

I think you will find that the starting point is still a personal preference
in sourthern NM. It is nice to hear of someone in the area who is interested
in the CDT and can provide information to the list.

My thoughts
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From: "Bill Hendrickson (E-mail 2)" <desertrat@swnm.com>
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Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 9:14 AM
Subject: [cdt-l] Which CDT Starting Point

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> I have seen 3 different locations for the southern point of the CDT.
> Antelope Wells and up through Animas, East of Antelope Wells and up
> The Big Hachet, and Columbus up through the Floridas. I am new in the
> area and somewhat familiar with the Floridas. Just took a ride down to the
> Big Hachet for a look-see.
> Based on the current private land issues, water availability, etc of the
> paths in the "Boot Heel", which is better or available? Has anyone done
> one through the Floridas?
> Bill Hendrickson , DesertRat
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