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Colorado Trail Handbook$20.00Colorado Trail Planning Guide Table Of Contents
Yogi's Colorado Trail Handbook February 2012 edition
“Denver to Durango”. Say those three words to anyone in the long-distance hiking community, and they’ll know you are talking about the most gorgeous long trail in the USA: the Colorado Trail. Stretching 486 miles from Denver to Durango, the Colorado Trail ranges in elevation from 5520 feet at the eastern terminus to 13,271 feet at its highest point, with the majority of the trail above 9000 feet.
A thru-hike is about the experience, the adventure, the wonder of being self-sufficient and experiencing the beauty of our world. You can do all of that on the Colorado Trail; however, you can’t just go to Denver, stop by REI and pick up some equipment, and then hop on the trail. You’ve got to do a little bit of planning, a little bit of research. That’s where this Handbook comes in pretty darned handy. This Handbook guides you through gear selection, resupply strategy, guidebooks/maps, and a myriad of other hiking topics you probably haven’t even thought of. This Handbook will answer your questions.
Yogi's Colorado Trail Handbook guides you through an enjoyable Colorado Trail experience – both in the planning and hiking stages. Honestly, planning a hike can be more of a chore than the actual hiking (and just as much fun)! The thing is, even though *I* think that *my* way is the best, the truth is that my way is the best for ME, not everyone else. There really is not one right answer to any hiking question. Put five successful hikers together, and you’ll have five different packs, five different shoes, five different rain jackets, five different shelters, etc. Yet, each of those hikers has the PERFECT gear – but it’s the perfect gear for each individual person, not for EVERYONE.
So, Yogi's Colorado Trail Handbook offers a unique presentation: for every topic, you’ll find opinions from several previous Colorado Trail hikers. You’ll quickly realize that there are some issues that everyone agrees on, and others that no one agrees on. This is not a “Yogi says” book. I’m not telling you what to do or how to hike your hike. What I hope I’ve accomplished with this book is to present differing opinions from people who’ve been there. People who have thru-hiked the Colorado Trail. This is the stuff we wish we knew before we hiked. Read what we’ve said, then form your own opinion on what sleeping bag to carry, how to treat your water, what kind of stove to use, etc.
There are two sections to the Handbook.
The Planning Guide section (110 pages) is a collection of tips from previous thru-hikers on a variety of hiking topics such as: Route Choices, Transportation, Guidebooks and Maps, Permits and Identification, Navigation, Gear Choices, Clothing and Footwear, Trail Town Information, Advice on Trail Food, Maildrops and Resupply.
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The Town Guide section (68 pages) has detailed information for 23 towns and resorts including: ● How to get to/from each town/resort ● Town Maps ● Maildrop Information ● Exactly what each town/resort has for resupply, lodging, restaurants, ATM, phone, internet, fuel, shower, etc.
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