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Old 05-03-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Manchester, NH
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Has anyone here done a through-hike of the Colorado Trail?

I was born and raised in Colorado, and although I hiked when I was younger, by the time I was 30 the arthritis and other problems in my knees put an end to it. I had a total knee replacement two years ago (the other knee is due for surgery within the next year).

This past fall, a friend invited me to do the through-hike with him, and I said yes. I hadn't hiked in almost 30 years and had never backpacked. Crazy, huh? But here I am, training and trying to prepare myself for five weeks of backpacking.

I'm wondering whether anyone out there has experienced the CT this way and, if you did, whether it was your first big backpacking experience. I'd love to hear your story!

Thanks.

Julie
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Georgetown,TX
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You might get more responses on the 14ers forum.

14ers

Use one of these threads:

Trailheads, Roads, and Camping

or

General Mountaineering Discussion
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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@JukieF.....I've only walked about a mile of the Colorado Trail southward from Monarch Pass, so my familiarity of it very limited. However, back in the 70s I hiked the hundred miles wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. If you have specific questions about doing a long hike, I might be able to assist you.
The 100 Mile Wilderness is the northernmost section of the Appalachian Trail; the 2175 mile footpath running along the mountainous region of the Eastern seaboard from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine.

Surrounded by more than 15 million acres of virtually inaccessible woodlands, this is also one of the most remote sections of trail in the entire United States. This is the land that time forgot; unspoiled, uninhabited and seldom traveled. This is a land of harsh contrasts; pleasing to behold, yet unforgiving to the ill-prepared. Make no mistake about it; this is nature in the raw.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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We've only done Durango to Lake City a few times. It's a hardy hike above treeline over 13K ft in spots with lightning concerns in the afternoons. But we loved every minute of each trip!

My suggestion.... go ultralight & seriously train for the trip.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:07 PM
 
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bongo wrote: go ultralight & seriously train for the trip.

This guy obviously knows what he is talking about!

Keep the weight in your pack as light as you can. Carrying a heavy pack takes much of the enjoyment out of a trail hike of any distance, but especially on a long one.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that walking the trail will get you in shape. If you are not in shape when you start, chances are real good that you won't be on the trail long enough to get yourself in shape. One thing you can do for training, is to find a place with lots of stairs and practice carrying your loaded pack up and down the stairs. If you can't find stairs, find a steep hill. Whatever you do, don't skimp on your training.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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We were 5 women each time. One actually had to take a short-cut down & out since she just wasn't in shape one of the years.

I kept my starting weight around 20#. I ate ultra-light instant soup foods that I only had to boil water to hydrate, had an ultralight tent stove, titanium pot & pack. We also had a food-drop husband as a support 4 wheeling in with our pre-packed food bags & beer!

Lots of info on the forums on backpacker.com or backpackinglight.com

There are even forums for Colorado & CT

The quintessential guide book is the official guidebook of the Co Tr Foundation "THE COLORADO TRAIL." Almost step by step they guide you.

Be sure every member of the party gets a search & rescue CORSAR card:
http://www.coloradotrail.org/corsar.html

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Old 05-11-2013, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Wandering in the West
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Hey, Jukie - small world. I'm in Colorado right now and training so I can climb Mt. Elbert before I leave here.

Just a word of warning - I'm at about 8500' here (looking at Pike's Peak out my window) and I've actually had to ease up on my workouts until I get used to the elevation change and get better hydrated. No serious problems, but a few times it was hard to get my breath and I felt a little light-headed. I didn't think it would be an issue below 10,000', but it seems to be for me. So be sure to drink lots of water before and during your trip.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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Google the name Andrew Skurka.....He has hiked them all....I met him once when I was thru hiking the Rainbow Trail....Very impressive individual....
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Wandering in the West
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Wow, that guy gets around. His website has a lot of useful info on it too.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:00 AM
 
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Default Are there any groups hiking the CT I can join

someone mentioned that it is not suggested to get in shape on the trail one must train before. but I did get in shape on the trail when I was 33. I never hiked a trail in my life. Never walked anything but sea level and I was a gas ass. I was invited to Backpack for 10 wks by my boyfriend. I don't believe I had ever seen a Back pack close up in my life until days before the trip when I bought my first one. My boy friend was a marathoner and extreme athlete. the first stop and 3 day BP trip I fell over, thinking I was having a heart attach. It was physically the hardest thing I ever did in my life and the most beautiful experience of my life. 10 weeks back country , not one night in a bed.
Now I am 52. I backpacked some in my 30s and early 40s.
Now, I am out of shape and visualizing doing the first 22 miles in 10 days to get in shape , and pick up the pace after that. Still only do half of it or quit when I feel like it. I would be alone with monitoring.
Any feedback.
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