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No Butt
State: AZ
Country: US
Begins: Jul 1, 2015
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Apr 14th, 2015

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,486
Journal Visits: 8,177
Guestbook Views: 400
Guestbook Entrys: 6

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2014 CT Journey

At it again!

I was a bit tired by the time I reached the end of the CT last year (see the 2014 journal here); I think this was reflected in my last trail entry. I did have so many special experiences, though. YeahBut, who had to drop off the trail at Copper Mountain because of shingles, has said he wants his chance to hike the trail. So off we go! I have to say, I'm really looking forward to seeing these places again, and sharing them with him.
To those of you who want to know (and don't have time to read our other journals!), we're retired hikers, living in the southwest, and enjoying the fabulous hiking to be found here. We've already logged a bunch of miles this year. And of course, we're watching the snow pack in Colorado, wanting to be there already!
We have our gear pretty well set, although there is always some minor tweaking to do to shave off those ounces. Yeahbut is thinking about a new pack. There is always the temptation of a lighter tent or bag. I dehydrate much of our food. Last year, it rained so much that I was glad I had planned for some cookless meals. I probably will do more of these this year. Even lunches will be set up as quickies...I found I did a lot of snacking and walking while it rained. Yeah, they say to look out for afternoon storms; I had rain at all hours of the day and night. I would inevitably hike to a high point thinking, 'lunch up there will be great!' Then, when I got there, if it wasn't raining, it would be moving in.
The plan is for us to get on the trail somewhere beyond the first passages (since they weren't our favorites).
Someone recently asked me what I found most helpful in prepping for the trail (assuming you are already versed in long trails):
1. p-mags site has tons of useful info, and he updates it yearly. Especially useful: resupply info.
2. GPS data, for when the trail is buried in snow.
3. The Colorado Trail organization. They actually answer the phone, and have someone answer it who knows the trail! Their Facebook page is great, especially with updates on when various parts of the trail open, or changes.
I saw a lot of folks hiking with the data book and the CT phone app. I used neither (I cut the guidebook to pieces), but I'm thinking about the phone app since I carry the phone with me.
Looking forward to meeting new people and having new adventures!

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