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NOBO in the fall?

Posted: Jan 05 2019 1:40 pm
by tomzoellner
My job may only let me get the time off in the fall, and for various reasons, I'd like to start at the Mexican border. Does anybody ever do this? What are the pros and cons? Does this create a water problem, or a weather problem? Any info appreciated!

Tom

Re: NOBO in the fall?

Posted: Jan 06 2019 8:24 am
by sandyfortner
Generally SOBO is the way to go in the fall. Although you have mountains throughout the 800 miles, you'll spend more time in higher elevations as you head north - meaning more time in possible winter conditions. Fall SOBO hikers leave before major winter sets in up north and they hike to better weather. Then, as they hit the Sky Islands in the southern part, they can decide how to handle the elevations if bad weather comes in. Wait it out for a day or 2? Just plow through - up and over in a day? Or, take the right gear and camp a night in the colder / snowier / etc.? I THINK we have a NOBO on the trail right now. Haven't really noticed any posts on the FB page lately, but you may want to check it out and see if he responds.

Re: NOBO in the fall?

Posted: Jan 06 2019 9:05 am
by sandyfortner
Search this Forum for Foxhazel - from VT, that's who was going to go NOBO starting in Dec.

Re: NOBO in the fall?

Posted: Jan 06 2019 9:36 am
by tomzoellner
@sandyfortner
But is there any special risk associated with going NOBO in October?

Re: NOBO in the fall?

Posted: Jan 06 2019 10:09 pm
by sandyfortner
As long as you're prepared for snow, possible ice and low temps, the risk is comparable to any other season, right. Just do your research and prepare accordingly.

Re: NOBO in the fall?

Posted: Jan 06 2019 10:12 pm
by big_load
sandyfortner wrote:As long as you're prepared for snow ...
That includes being comfortable with route finding when the trail is buried.