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Steve "Stilts" Fitzgerald
Begins: Jun 14, 2009
Date: Wed, Aug 12th, 2009
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return to Maine
Another hiking adventure has come to an end for now. Steve will return to Maine tomorrow. He is visiting friends in Boulder and Denver before he flies out.
He was on the trail a continuous 58 days by my count, including zeros and neros, and covered some 1,300 to 1,400 miles. Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and into Colorado. His longest day was over 43 miles, compared to prior personal records of 40 miles on the PCT and 37 on the AT. He said yesterday it was his "most efficient" long hike, meaning distance covered for time spent. He also said he is already beginning to forget the tedious parts, notably the long road stretches, in favor of the many magnificent sections especially in Glacier, the Bob, and the Winds.
Congratulations Steve! You did it again!
The northern CDT that Steve hiked crosses through some of the territory also traversed by Lewis and Clark over 200 years ago. Most of us modern people would be lucky just to survive the journey they made, and it would be a mountain of hardship to try it. But I think Steve would have fit right in and been a real asset to Jefferson's "corps of discovery". What's more, he would really savor and appreciate the experience, and that may be the real accomplishment.
Paul and I have enjoyed being the chroniclers of this adventure on Postholer and hope the readers have enjoyed it, too. Our congratulations also go out to all the through-hikers who have the time, the luck, but especially the perseverance to complete the CDT (or the PCT or AT) this year!
This journal wouldn't be complete without acknowledging the willing sacrifices of Toby (that would be "Mrs. Stilts"), who holds down the domestic front while Steve heads off into the woods and hills!
Check back here later, as Steve will be summarizing his trip, and adding more photos.
The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more: www.continentaldividetrail.org
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