I'm just going to post the contents of the emails... and his Trailjournals page. To be honest, knowing the area with the time elasped, it doesn't look good.
Wow, that's scary. I personally skipped half of the
Gila route due to snow/rain. I'm copying this email
to the CDT-L. Hopefully, some of the 2007 hikers
could chime in with suggestions.
--- Donna and Rob Mabry <dandrmabry at yahoo dot com> wrote:
> Hi Yogi:
> I am writing to get some input from you regarding
> terrain, routes, etc. Wildcat (AT '04, PCT '05) has been
> hiking the CDT this year and I thought he would be
> finishing up before now. He went back to Tennessee
> for Thanksgiving (Left from Grants, NM) and got back
> on the trail 11/28. He last talked to his wife on
> the phone "in person" on Dec 3, then he left her a
> voice mail on Dec 8 saying he was on Hwy 28, north
> of Snow Lake. He was going to call her when he got
> to Doc Campbell's, and to pick up his packages by
> Dec 11. He has not shown up there yet. Becky
> (Wildcat's wife) e-mailed One Gallon and he called
> her back, saying HE was at Doc Campbell's on Dec 11
> (?!) and Bert did not pick up his things.
> I e-mailed Nitro and Hawkeye, two hikers that did
> the CDT this year to ask them about the
> trail/terrain/phone access, etc. and neither one
> painted a very pretty picture as far as the spot
> where Bert is right now -- if he decided to stay
> dry, it's a long, confusing route. If he did take
> the Gila river route, he'd be wet A LOT and it is
> very cold here right now. We just got a storm
> through Alamosa last week that came from the south.
> I am guessing from reading other trail journals
> about that section that he is at about 7-8,000 feet
> in elevation.
> I suppose I am asking you if you have some "best
> guess" where he may be. I am ready to get in my car
> and drive down there. We're about 7-ish hours away,
> I'd say. Becky HAS called the authorities there --
> the NM police and the Forest Service.
> I hope you are well; we are good here. COLD,
> though. It was -12 degrees this a.m.
> Donna Mabry