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Hi,

 Was looking at potential hikes for the summer and decided I really would like to do the Colorado Trail.  I'm thinking about starting in August.  I'm an experienced hiker (will be 60 by then) but not looking to set land speed records.  I averaged out 17 miles a day on my last section hike on the AT, 550 miles.  I've lead some hikes for the San Antonio Meet-Up Group; pictures from last summer hikes in the Weiminuche are posted: http://www.meetup.com/San-Antonio-Backpackers-Meetup/events/67538122/.  I'm married and my wife does not allow dating.  I was thinking a group of about 4 would be great.  I do understand that we might start together but not necessarily end the hike together based on our hiking styles.

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Hello  :D

My math skills tell me that you're probably expecting to be on the trail for a month then?

Great pictures of your Weiminuche trip last summer!  Looks like it was another memorable trip.

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Good luck on your adventure !!

But equating 17mi a day on the AT to the CO trail is Apples to Smoked Oysters .

The CO trail has no huts, and is often times well above timberline, requiring quite a bit more substantial shelter, and often times days to a week w/o resupply with huge altitude gains.

Also, by the first of Sept, you stand the VERY real possibility of a major winter storm of 1-2' of snow. Will your fast pack shelter be able to handle that kind of snowload ?

Start a month earlier and it will be much easier. Warmer temps, fewer clothes, etc.=lighter pack.


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Hi Susanne,

 Hope you get the chance to do the JMT.  Are you retired yet?  Don't know yet about the spring trip this year, the Camino, another AT section hike or Hadrian's Wall.  I'm waiting to see what my son wants to do.

Trout,

 Thanks for the advice.  Fortunately I have hiked in Colorado pretty much since the 80s (I was a tad younger then) and know that AT mileage does not translate to mileage at altitude although I can still drag my no longer young body over some pretty long, high trails.  For me, it's the hike and not the mileage that counts.  I will consider a late July start, thanks.

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I would be very interested. late july early aug is perfect for me. but I could only go for about a week before work called. if you wanted someone for the first 7 to 9 days id be there. im not an ultralight hiker but I do try to get my pack and gear less than 25 pounds and can average 14 miles per day on flat ground.  I am 39 , married and my wife does not allow dating either(lol). I snore, im afraid of bears, and my feet smell bad , real bad on the trail. sounds like a cool trip!  if interested shoot me an email: [EMAIL=frmertd@yahoo.com.]frmertd@yahoo.com.[/EMAIL]
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Sounds great, I will shoot you a quick e-mail later in the day.  I've got much lighter gear than I used to carry, an evolution over time but I am not ultralight.  After a day on the trail I don't smell like roses either...baby wipes every night keep me smelling bad and not stinking so bad my own eyes water.
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