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    Cannibal,
    Hope you get the time off from work to do your hike.
    Who know, maybe we'll see you on the trail this summer.

    If you figure out a way to hang in the alpine sections, be sure to let us know how you did it. That sounds like one of the reasons there aren't more hammocks on the CT. We're taking ours anyway.

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    Hang em high and let em fly!

    Where there is a will there is a way and I am more than willing if my option is sleeping on the ground. From what I understand, the alpine sections are fairly short. Should be easy enough to plan my days so I'm below treeline when it's time to camp. But, food is way right when he said sunrise and sunset are a thing of beauty above the trees. The atmosphere is just different and celestial bodies are brilliant in the sky, even as the sun is rising. I really want to figure out a way to wake-up in my hammock and look at the skies above the trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    I really want to figure out a way to wake-up in my hammock and look at the skies above the trees.
    There's not much of a view from a Blackbird.

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    There's plenty of view "up" when the tarp is in the pack.
    Actually, I get a fairly decent view if I'm positioned with my head way left of center. If I'm closer to the center, the view out the footend is not too shabby either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Terraplane-
    Thanks for the heads-up! I have heard the same thing in the past couple of days about stretches of dry. So yeah, I'm planning for that pretty carefully. Even considering stashing some water at certain points ahead of time. The above tree line sections are what I'm looking forward to right now. I've been playing with some climbing gear of late and think I may have some solutions for no-tree hangs. Still going to be a trick in finding an ideal spot to hang among the rocks, but the challenge is what makes life enjoyable for me.

    Probably not a smart thing, but I refuse to be prepared to go to ground. Let's just call in stubborn in lieu of stupid. If I do have to go to ground, it will be an uncomfortable night to be sure. I will survive and have something to complain about the next day as I go searching for trees.

    One thing that makes this hike extremely appealing to me is the constant availability of accessible trailheads. Genuine Draft will be able to help me with easy resupplies and gear adjustments; particularly for the first 200 miles. It also allows me to make some water caches in critical areas. My pack weight should be significantly lower as I'll be able to carry less food between reups.

    When are you thinking about taking another shot at it this summer? I'd be glad to offer assistance if you need/want it. At the very least, I'll bring you a pizza and a 6 pack.

    Wow! I thought I lurked here a lot. I completely missed this 3 weeks ago.

    Cannibal, I plan to head to Breck about the 3rd week of June to start back southbound from where I ended last year. It all depends on the snowpack. Last year I started just before the end of June and went over 30-40 large drifts and some snowfields. I pitied the ones ahead of me. I developed pinched nevers in my hips which left me with numb thighs. Too tight on the hip belt, I guess. I still have it some of the time now. I hate to take on a partner since I'm sorta iffy.

    I have backcountry skied to the huts in the Leadville area so am really looking forward to getting back to that area. We got lost in an unmarked Wilderness area and had to back track, finding a house with someone home at 10:30 pm. Really long day to ski with 50 lbs on your back!


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    Cannibal,
    When are you planning on starting?

    My son and I are going to do sections 3 - 7 starting July 1st. You will probably pass us if you start around then. Hope to see you on the trail.

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    Bring me a Lone Star beer please!
    If all goes to plan (hahahahahahaha), I should put boot to trail on July 3rd. Hope to see you out there. I'll be looking for 2 hammocks.....right?
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    So you say you are starting July 3rd?
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    That's my current plan; gives me an extra couple of days 'paid' with the federal holiday and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    That's my current plan; gives me an extra couple of days 'paid' with the federal holiday and all.
    That's got me pondering.......
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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