It’s well known that the goal for 2012 is to travel ALL of the Colorado Trail – the 500+ miles on the bike and the 146.9 (+) Wilderness miles on foot. Are you confused? If so, look into it.
HINT: You CANNOT travel the entire Colorado Trail on a bike. You gotta take some detours. So, if you want to see it all, find some walking shoes and hang with us… at the Back of the Pack.
uh, The Madre said we shouldn’t hitchhike
The Motivation : The Colorado Trail : The Wilderness Areas:
- I’m a 220 lbs singlespeed freak (who is in treatment for obesity) and a dude that wants to see it all – from the Back of the Pack. So, just riding the Colorado Trail is not good enough for me… yeah, I’m a SLOW dude that needs elastic waistbands. Seriously.
- The Colorado Trail is ~ 485 miles. But only 338.1 miles of the CT are accessible via bike, i.e., legal for bike action. So there are 5 Bypasses? Yep, you gotta skip ~ 147 miles, like 30.29% of the CT if you’re rolling on 2 wheels.
- So, my adventures are about The Colorado Trail – but really, the adventures are about Colorado – just not ‘The Trail’. It’s about the mountains AND the trails, the history, the isolation, the miners, the explorers, the tough dudes, the tougher dudettes, the lifestyle in the Wild West, the freedom…. the whatever.
- Yeah, the whatever… because it is whatever you want it to be.
- If it works for bikepacking it’ll work for phatpacking
- Judd needs 1L of water for 21 miles. Prob-eee needs 4 or more L of water
- The Lt Col & Prob-eee have similar genetic composition. What am I talking about? You don’t’ have a need to know. But… the score:
- Judd 1.1
- Prob-eee 6.3
- Gotta take the heat, just because. And if you don’t get it, you won’t get it.
- Don’t carry 10+ lbs of liquid nourishment. You’ll only ‘need’ like 1L / 2.2 lbs per 10 hours / 20 miles. I think. Maybe.
- Seriously – have a strategy for H20. Don’t carry water just to carry water.
- Seasonal streams are seasonal. Year round streams are seasonal, seriously.
- Seg 1 – 4 can be viewed as ‘the ascent’ into the mountains
- The southern bike bypass could be a brutal 80 miles. An additional long day. (The northern bypass goes through Bailey & up HWY 285, 28.x miles)
- It may be too much to deal with early on in an end-to-end CT attempt. Maybe.
- We may take the 50/50 chance (of survival) on the northern route, through Bailey, again.
- New Mexico is Greener than parts of Colorado.
- Yeah, that’s weird. It is dry up near Bailey and Kenosha Pass. It’ll be a long dry hot dangerous summer up there.
- Lt Col’s Rehabilitation Trip – San Juan Mtns, Memorial Day weekend
- just kickin’ it at high altitude
- done – survived – a blog posting will follow
- 24 Hrs in the Enchanted Forest – June 16th / 17th
- Colorado Trail – Seg 9-10 12-13 – early July
- CTR ITT – start July 25th / end 10 days later
- Colorado Trail – Seg 18-21 – early August
- 24 hrs in the Sage – August 18th / 19th
- Tommy knocker – Sept 1st / 2nd
- Colorado Trail – Seg 24 – mid September
The Colorado Trail segments in wilderness areas are a big unknown to me. Therefore one goal for 2012 is to hike all of these segments. It will happen and I will report – naturally.
Segments in Wilderness Areas:
Segment 4: FS-560 to Long Gulch, 16.6 miles & 3271 vertical.
Segment 5: Long Gulch to Kenosha Pass, 15.1 miles & 2109 vertical.
Segment 9: Tennessee Pass to Colorado TH, 13.6 miles & 2627 vertical.
Segment 10: Colorado TH to Halfmoon Creek Rd, 13.6 miles & 2690 vertical.
Segment 12: Clear Creak Rd to N. Cottonwood Creek, 18.5 miles & 4866 vertical.
Segment 13, partial: N. Cottonwood Creek to Cottonwood Pass Rd…
~ 6.3 miles & 2460? vertical.
Segment 19: Saguache Park Rd to Eddiesville TH, 13.7 miles & 2239 vertical.
Segment 20: Eddiesville TH to San Luis Pass, 12.7 miles & 3104 vertical.
Segment 21: San Luis Pass to Spring Creek Pass, 14.8 miles & 3116 vertical.