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CDT Segment in Colorado -- good acclimation plan?
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Rutherford Platt
(tunaboy999) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
CDT Segment in Colorado -- good acclimation plan? on 06/23/2012 07:37:39 MDT Print View

Hi Everyone.

I'm planning on hiking along the CDT from the Herman Gulch Trailhead near the Loveland Ski area to Nederland Colorado (~45 miles).

This segment is nicely connected to public transportation/shuttles on both ends. Unfortunately the trailhead is close to 11,000 and goes up from there so there is little scope for gradual acclimation.

Here is my acclimation plan...
Day #1: Arrive in Boulder and take a 4 mile day hike (~5,500 ft)
Day #2: Hike to little blue lake (~11,000 ft) and then return to Boulder to sleep.
Day #3: Hike to Pawnee Pass (~12,000 ft) and then return to Boulder to sleep.
Day #4: Arrive at Herman Gulch trailhead, hike just a few miles, and sleep (~11,000 ft)
Day #5-6: Hike up to ~13,000 ft and sleep around ~12,000 ft. There are few opportunities to 'sleep low' once the hike starts.

Does this sound like a reasonable acclimation plan?
AND: has anyone done this trip before? Any advice or campsite recommendations?


Rutherford Platt
(tunaboy999) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
chickening out on 07/24/2012 11:36:23 MDT Print View

I'm thinking of doing a different route instead of Loveland-Nederland on the CDT so that I can "climb high and sleep low". It would ruin the whole trip if I got sick from altitude on the CDT route. On the other hand, what a great route... does anyone want to talk me back into it? Need to decide by Saturday.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Good route, bad timing on 07/24/2012 12:32:10 MDT Print View

That would be a very scenic and challenging route, but I wouldn't consider it right now. Maybe in September, after the "monsoon" clouds go away. You would be at seriously exposed elevations, and severe lightning above tree line is almost a certainty this time of the year.

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
Don't chicken out on 07/24/2012 13:01:51 MDT Print View

Give yourself a full day in Boulder as Day 1. Drink water all day and hang aroung town. Get to bed early. Do the 4 mile on Day 2, drink water all day and off to bed early. Day 3, hit the trails.
Elevation at home is 1100' and with a couple of easy, non-alcohol days before hitting the trails we have never had any altitude related problems.
Have a great trip.