This page is provided so that CDT Hikers may view and share real-time updates on water sources, snow levels, campsite conditions and other trail conditions that might help hikers behind you anticipate and prepare for their hike. Updates will come from myself and from others who wish to contribute.
I am utilizing Beacon’s Databook (Nobo) which is a detailed compilation of trail data from the Bear Creek Survey, Ley Maps, Wolf Maps and other data sources, as a resource to note conditions as I find them on the trail. Beacon’s Databook is an amazing resource that cross-references trail features such as creeks, springs, water sources, road crossings, etc… with both the Ley and Bear Creek maps, elevations, and estimated mileages. See the bottom of this post for some general guidelines for making updates to this google doc, and suggestions for searching the tables.
You can simply view and filter the report via the preview windows I have set up on this page, or you can view it directly from the google docs page by clicking on the link below. If you are accessing this page via smart phone and the tables do not appear on this page, you will need to view and update the report directly within google docs. (I am hoping to fix this issue before I leave for the trail.)
To Update the Conditions Report in Google docs, please do the following:
- Click the link at the top of this post. A new window will open directing you to the CDT 2014 Conditions Report.
- Use Ctl-F (Cmd-F on a mac) to search on either the Ley Map Number (column H) or the Bear Creek Number (column G) corresponding to the location where you wish to add your notes
- Add your updates to columns H and I. Columns A —-> G are protected.
- Note the date of the observation and your name so others may understand the timeliness and the source of the reported data. Please do not delete other’s updates, instead add your own notes after existing notes in the same cell (position the cursor in the cell at the end of the existing update, then hit alt+enter (pc) or command+option+enter (mac).
- Google Docs will save your changes in real-time, so no need to do this manually
- Updates will take several minutes to appear in the previews of the document above in this page.
- Please do not add or delete rows, filter, sort, freeze columns or rows, or make any other modification to the spreadsheet.
To Search and Filter the Conditions Report in the Tables On This Page:
- In the search box, type in a search term. As you type, the table will be filtered to only rows that contain that term.
- For example: if you type “pond” in the search box for the New Mexico Conditions Report, your list will be filtered to only seven rows with that word and “showing 1-7 of 7 entries” will appear at the bottom of the table.
- You can also choose to view either 10, 25, 50 or 100 total rows by selecting from the drop-down box in the upper left of the table. Use the Previous and Next arrows at the bottom of the table to navigate to additional rows of data.
- You can sort each column by clicking the small set of double arrows on top of each row. The “sort” column on the far left is provided so you can return the table back to its original sort order (per the original Beacon DataBook.)
Other Useful Search-able Terms:
- NM-Alt/CO-Alt/WY-Alt/MT-Alt: These searches will pull up the major alternates that Beacon has outlined for in each section/state.
- Water/Snow/Campground: This would be useful if you are only interested in water sources (labeled as water under the Condition Type column) or snow reports (to be labeled snow in the same column) or campgrounds. I suggest using these three descriptions, but you can add any others you wish.
- NM41b/CO46/Etc.: If you search on the Ley Map number, you will pull up all data points for that map.
- N1/N2/N3/Etc.: The BC column is the Bear Creek map numbers, useful for filtering if you are carrying Bear Creek Maps.
- 4/1/2014: Searching on a date will bring up any updates added to the document on that particular day.
If you have any suggestions for improvements on how to make this tool more useful and user-friendly, or if you see any issues with the data, please leave a comment on the page.