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[pct-l] section hike info needed on "other" trail...
- Subject: [pct-l] section hike info needed on "other" trail...
- From: Charlie Thorpe <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2000 12:43:24 -0600
Hello All -
Hooray...it looks like I might just be able to get away for little
hike on the CDT after all (the good Lord willing and the creeks don't
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 PCT-L list who might
have current trail info on that other trail just over the hills:
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>.
I have a couple of questions for those on PCT-L who have 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 if I will have time to get down to civilization if I get
them confused with the lemon pepper...
Have you had any luck with extinguishing the tablet and then relighting later?
Do you use a garden-variety Bic to light the tabs?
Thanks for the info!
Is there a chance that I will be seeing anybody from PCT-L on that
part of the CDT (late Aug up til mid-Sep)?
Trace No Leaves,
- Charlie II AT (MEGA'93)
Chipping away at the CDT
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