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Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
CDT SUL Hiker on 06/04/2007 07:40:50 MDT Print View

If you've never heard of him, he is one of the most ardent SUL long distance hikers around. Francis Tapon is currently on a CDT Yo Yo. He previously completed the AT and PCT in SUL Style.

His tale of a CDT Colorado snowstorm under a small Cuben fiber tarp is wild.

Check out francistapon.com. Click on the CDT link on the home page and then to the bottom of the CDT page for the trip updates.

***On his base pack weight: Note the late winter type temps/weather he is undertaking by starting much earlier than regular for a NB CDT hike.



http://francistapon.com/

Edited by mountainlaureldesigns on 06/04/2007 17:05:33 MDT.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
CDT SUL Hiker on 06/04/2007 08:59:24 MDT Print View

When asked,

> How fast will you hike?

Francis responded with this,

>My strategy is simple: use New Mexico
> as the warm up and the cool down. Go
> like hell the rest of the time.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: CDT SUL Hiker on 06/04/2007 15:37:31 MDT Print View

His website says the base pack weight on the AT was about 7 pounds. For the PCT he says ultralight but gives no gearlist. On the CDT he says less than 10 pounds. SUL this is not ; ).

Edited by jshann on 06/04/2007 15:46:29 MDT.

Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: CDT SUL Hiker on 06/04/2007 16:08:06 MDT Print View

Hey John,

Francis lists his base pack weight for the CDT at 6.64 pounds here. He notes elsewhere that if he ditches the digital camera, MP3 player, and solar panel, he's under 5 pounds total.

I'm sure Doug Johnson isn't impressed (since he managed to get a camera and MP3 player into his sub-4 gearlist), but I am!

Ben