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Begins: Aug 13, 2011
Date: Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Start: Velarde, NM
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Colorado Trail Map
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Dehydrated strawberries are awesome!
I hiked the Colorado Trail in 2003 with my sister and my 3 year old yellow lab Cassy (who is now almost 12 and will definitely not be revisiting the CT). I have a month, the snow is mostly melted (I hope), and I am returning to my favorite trail for another visit. I am a lightweight (but not ultra light weight) backpacker who makes a lot of her own gear and who agrees that "the fun goes up when the weight goes down!"
The Colorado Trail is near and dear to my heart. Laura and I hiked it in about 6 weeks in 2003 and when we got to the end (after a few days of sleeping and a LOT of eating), we wanted to turn around and hike back to Denver. The trail was that amazing. Colorado is beautiful and the trail traverses some of the most wonderful places I have ever been. Since that thru-hike I have frequently gone out of my way just to stand or hike a few miles along the CT whenver Im heading through Colorado.
I am throwing this hike together in about two weeks. I started planning to hike it several months ago, but life got in the way and I am just now running the dehydrator and putting rice and beans into baggies. I like planning for a hike... considering new gear, revisiting the gear that I have used for years and still love, making new things to try out this time around.
I am hoping to make a new alcohol stove this weekend with the help of my brother-in-law and his precision lathe and drill. I made a pack cover yesterday that weights about 2 ounces. My dehydrator is running and I'm borrowing a second one this weekend. I've made the Costco run for the piles of snickers, hot chocolate, gatorade, nuts, dried fruit, and rice that will fuel me on the trail. I bought a new pack a few weeks ago (glup) which weighs about twice what my last CT pack weighed and about 3 pounds more than the Gossamer Gear pack I have been using in intervening years. And I am in negotiations with my loved ones over a SPOT device. I believe in my heart that such things shouldn't be necessary, especially on a much-used trail like the CT. But I have to admit that having one will make everyone, including me, feel better. Plus it is fun to look at a hiker's progress on a map each day... if you can't be with them that is.
I have celiac disease or celiac sprue. I have some fear that I will end up with the trail name of "sprue" at some point. I was diagnosed in 2005 and spent several years regaining my health. I am healthy again and ready for some more long distance walking. There is the added challenge now of creating gluten free meals. That part isn't so hard, but going into towns and being able to pig out to make up the calorie deficit can be difficult for a celiac.
I have a little over a week left before I have to head to Colorado to teach a tapestry class and then I am hitting the trail in Denver. My partner Emily will be helping me by transcribing my journal and downloading photos and by sending me resupply boxes. My sister will be helping me with some resupplies as she live in southern Colorado. I'm planning for just sub-20 mile days and suspect that once I get going my tendency to just keep walking will take over and I will put in some longer days. And this is why I hike alone. Few people have that craving to get up at 6am and walk continually until late afternoon. I can't explain it, I just love doing it.
HYOH! And take care of each other-- Rebecca