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[cdt-l] NM map options

Just an FYI for those considering my maps for NM:

In the area south of Silver City, My route is pretty much "made up as I
went by me in 2001" as there was no guidebook when I hiked there. I've
tried to describe another route noted as "official" by another hiker.
The whole terrain down there is pretty open. As long as you know the
property distinctions, it's nearly impossible to get lost - you can see
landmarks for miles - and you don't really need a "trail" per se - x
ctry is pretty easy if the cactus & thorny plants aren't too thick.

>From Silver City to Grants, again, my route is pretty much "mine",
although, I'm told it's similar to the CDTS route (I don't have a copy
of the CDTS route)... I think my route is pretty good in that area, you
might want to tweak it a little bit here & there. The "official" route
through the El Malpais area is a lot of road walking & indirect & dry
(other than that it's a great route too;)) I didn't map it, but may in
the future.

>From Grants north, my route mostly conforms to the old CDTS route.  I
don't know if that's changed in the last couple years... There may be
some discrepancies. There are a couple areas where new "trail" has been
cairned or constructed - I've tried to map those as best I could based
on feedback from 2002 hikers. Whatever the case, the route is a pretty
decent one I think... I can't think of any significant things I'd have
hiked differently.


-----Original Message-----
From: cdt-l-admin@mailman.backcountry.net
[mailto:cdt-l-admin@mailman.backcountry.net] On Behalf Of Brett Tucker
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 10:12 AM
To: Continental Divide Trail
Subject: [cdt-l] NM map options

Sly wrote:
>>From the Gila north, Jonathan maps are more or less used in
conjunction with the CDTS guidebooks.<<

>From the Gila north, and especially from Grants north, it appears that
could alternatively use the maps contained in the CDTA guidebook to New
Mexico, in conjunction with the CDTS guidebook description. This, since
two routes are in close enough proximity to each other that the CDTS
if plotted, would appear on the CDTA map coverage. The benefits of this
approach are that we get nice, compact, color topo maps without the need
make endless hard copy printouts - just rip 'em out and mark 'em up. And
course, leave the rest of the CDTA guidebook at home.

The exceptions to this approach are from the Gila south, where the two
routes vary considerably, and where the CDTS guide already contains
navigable maps; the other exception appears to be in parts of the Santa
and especially in the Carson national forests, and here we need to look
beyond either guidebook for the requisite maps. I'm tentatively going
the forest service planemetric maps to the Santa Fe and Carson, partly
of convenience due to the large coverage area, and partly since I'm not
whether Jonathan Ley's large-scale topo maps (large scale = small area
coverage) of his roadwalk route would show the CDTS route.

I'll also carry photocopies of maps from the DeLorme New Mexico atlas,
the big picture on route location, bomb-off and hitchhiking options.

I welcome any and all feedback on this approach.

- blisterfree

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