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Michael Byrne
(obroin) - F

Locale: Raleigh NC
Hiking on the Continental Divide on 07/07/2013 17:02:09 MDT Print View

I am planning a weeklong backpacking trip mid-August to the CDT and would like some views and comments. Most of my backpacking has been in the Appalachians and White Mountains, so I expect the Rockies to be more challenging.
I plan to do an "out and back" starting at the Hessie Trailhead, hiking into the CDT and traveling south to James Peak or beyond depending on the schedule.
Does anyone know of a weekday shuttle to Hessie since I'll be using public transport.
What do you think of the distance - it's short on miles; 12-15 miles per day is normal in the Appalachians
Are there good escape routes off the divide to avoid thunder storms?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Hiking on the Continental Divide on 07/07/2013 17:24:57 MDT Print View

This belongs in Pre Trip Planning.

Community Support Forum is..

A place where BackpackingLight.com members can ask specific questions from the forum community about using the backpackinglight.com website or its forums, or other support issues not related to membership account maintenance

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Hiking on the Continental Divide on 07/07/2013 18:46:27 MDT Print View

"This belongs in Pre Trip Planning.

Community Support Forum is.."

Yeah, but at least these kind of questions get a response.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Community Support Forum on 07/07/2013 18:48:51 MDT Print View

True Nick.

Did you notice the name change and the change in forum description? Here we are officially on our own.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Community Support Forum on 07/07/2013 18:52:13 MDT Print View

Oh Boy! Chaff II

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Hiking on the Continental Divide on 07/07/2013 18:54:12 MDT Print View

I can't give you information about specific trails.

My experience is you can hike faster in the Sierras and Rockies. More open space and fewer obstacles unless going off trail. Also navigation is much, much easier for me.

Altitude can affect some people adversely, not only alt sickness but less oxygen to breath. If you are doing big elevation gains especially high up many folks suffer and go really, really slow.

So it is hard to give advice.

In thunder storms get down below tree line and don't be the biggest thing are next to the biggest thing.

Once you get going, it is just walking. Only I like the views better.

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
nm on 07/07/2013 22:47:29 MDT Print View

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Edited by Dondo on 07/08/2013 07:30:22 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re:Appropriate forum on 07/07/2013 23:14:31 MDT Print View

The OP has posted in the proper forum

Here

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=79371&skip_to_post=676131#676131