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Scott "Voyageur / Voyager" Piddington
City: Sanbornton
State: New Hampshire
Country: United States
Begins: Jul 13, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Sep 9th, 2011
Start: Granite Park Campsite
End: Kootenei Lake Campsite
Daily Distance: 20.2
Trip Distance: 2,541.8
Hours Hiked: 9
Entry Lat: 48.92636
Entry Lng: -113.90231
People Met: 8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 530
Journal Visits: 15,146
Guestbook Views: 695
Guestbook Entrys: 19

Continental Divide Trail Map

Granite Park to Kootenei Lake Campsite

Audio Journal 9/9a

the alarm went off at 6 am but it was still dark. Last night there was a near full moon and it was warm way up here. At 6:15 I started packing. Randy joined in soon. By 7:15 we were walking back up to the Highline Trail aka CDT. The sun was hiding behind the ridge but that was OK. The Highline was mostly flat as it contoured the rocky slopes just below and west of the Divide.

After about an hour of stunning views, Randy turned back to head up and over Swiftcurrent Pass and nack the Many Glacier. Up in the pass he likely took the side trial to the look out tower on the summit of Swiftcurrent Mountain. It looked really cool.

I kept going with lipots of flattish contouring, some up, some down & constant views. Shortly after parting company the trail traversed Ahern Drift.. The sun hadn't hit the snow yet so it was ice. It was definitely sketchy. I placed ach foot carefully before shifting weight to it. It was only a 40 or 50 foot traverse but the run out below was bad. One false step and to quote Jonathan Ley, "you're screwed." I made it with a big woo hoo that echoed around the cliffs.

Just before 50 Mountain Campsite at around half past noon I crossed the Continental Divide for the last time. Emotions were mixed for sure but extatic won out.

Just past 50 Mtn CS I met a couple of guys, Mike & Mario from PA. Obout my age. We had a great chat about their dreams of hiking the AT or maybe PCT. Hopefully they will contact me & we can talk further.

On my way down to Kootenie Creek I met 2 guys in their 20s on a good hike coming up this big climb. They are from Delaware and South Carolina. They may be thinking about a big hike too so hopefully they will drop me a line too. They were wonderfull enough to give me a handfull of star bursts! Trail magic! I am saving 4 of them for the border.

It was mostly down all the way to the campsite. I got here at avout 4:30, pitched my tent and took a quick swim with the moose. A couple showed up just as I waded out into the lake. A bunch of others have arrived. It's time to dine.

Tomorrow I cross into Canada after and easy 8 or 9 miles. A few miles later and I'll be walking though Waterton to catch a shuttle back to the US border at Chief Mountain. There I will walk into the US and meet my brother Randy!

Sent on the Continental Divide Trail from my Peek.

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CDT Thru-Hike 2011: Chunk 2

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