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Re: [CDT-L] Thruhiking - Learning about it
- Subject: Re: [CDT-L] Thruhiking - Learning about it
- Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 23:23:12 -0500
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> In a message dated 98-12-09 23:13:52 EST, you write:
> << Subj: [CDT-L] Thruhiking - Learning about it
> Date: 98-12-09 23:13:52 EST
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Owen)
> The Rodale books [Hiking the Appalachian Trail] may be available at your
> local library. Personal
> opinion is that among the plethora of AT books, these are the ones
> that'll give you the best introduction to what thruhiking is about - and
> what it really is.
> [A couple of sets are available from us.]
Didn't know you had those - would you want us to advertise them on at-l?
There were some people looking for them about 6 months ago. We got a
set a couple years ago from Charles Konopa -
> There's less variety with respect to the CDT, but I'd recommend Karen
> Berger's "Where The Waters Divide", [also available from us].
> my personal
> recommendation for AT hikers would be Lynne Whelden's "How to Hike the
> Appalachian Trail", followed by Lynne Whelden's "Lightweight Backpacking
> Secrets Revealed", with the caveat that not all the lightweight
> techniques will work for everyone.
> [We would add that Whelden's Five Million Steps is excellent on the AT
Wouldn't argue with that - there are at least 3 or 4 others that I could
recommend too. But that's one of the best.
> To my knowledge, there's only one video about thruhiking the CDT. Joe
> and Carol McVeigh produced "Journey on the Continental Divide" in a long
> version - and a short version. Both versions are available from Jim Wolf
> at the Continental Divide Trail Society (phone number: 301-
> [ CDTS phone number is 401/235-9610.]
I'll apologize - the phone number was supposed to be there - that's what
I call a "writo".
> and the
> long one is what you want if you're gonna thruhike. The short version
> is good for showing your family what you're gonna do - if you can get
> them to sit down long enough to watch it. The lightweight video also
> applies to both the PCT and the CDT to some extent - with the caveat
> that it can snow any time of the year on either trail, so you need to be
> prepared. In 95, Monk had snow every week he was on the PCT - and in 97,
> Cindy Ross had sleet, snow and freezing rain on the CDT in Wyoming - in
> Another information source is the Internet. There's a whole gaggle of
> people who have their journals on publicly available Web pages. And
> there's a lot of information on Web pages put up by ALDHA, ALDHA-West,
> Trailplace, the ATC, CDTS, CDTA, PCTA, Kathy Bilton, PATC and other
> maintaining clubs, individual hikers --- seems like everyone in the
> world has a Web page. How much of the information actually pertains to
> thruhiking? Some - but not as much as advertised outside of the actual
> journals, and even those should be taken with a large dose of salt.
> Like the videos, the journals are very often "cleaned up" for public
> [We are planning to put up a Links page to helpful journals from
> <A HREF="http://www.gorp.com/cdts/">CDTS Home Page</A> shortly.]
> I think one fault with the lists lies in the attitude that such things
> as cell phones, speed records, bear canisters or other political Trail
> "issues" have any real importance or relevance to those who are
> [Such political Trail "issues" as location of the CDT in the Great Divide
> Basin do have real importance to thruhikers. If you are not familiar with
> this, go to the border-to-border/Wyoming section of our home page (and also to
> the CDT Forum). Get the environmental assessment from BLM's Ray Hanson at
Now you're talking about something "serious", Jim - most of the
"political" discussions on the email lists tend to be about what I call
"garbage" topics. We got caught up in one about a year ago - I don't
EVER want to do that again. I'd like to think that I have better ways
to waste my life.
> Now if we could
> only get a discussion about snow conditions on the CDT…. But Mark
> Dixon's CDT snow page is coming --
> [There is good info for Wyoming at www-wwrc.uwyo.edu/wrds/nws/nws.html]
Thank you - I don't think we had that one - we'll go check it out.
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