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Cathie - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2012

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Cathie "Fruitcake" Cummins
City: Smith Mountain Lake
State: Virginia
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 12, 2012
Direction: Southbound

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Date: Wed, Jun 20th, 2012

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When I hiked the AT, I did it in two halves, two consecutive years--because I didn't want to be away from my husband and children for 5 to 6 months in one shot. Our girls were teenagers, and I do think that their time with just Dad was great for them, even though it remains a standing family joke that they ate "stir fry" every night. I am proud that they got to see their mom do something out of the ordinary. Ten years later, after the girls had very successfully launched, Randy and I did the PCT together as a complete through hike. The experience was incredible.

The CDT is a bigger challenge. We have had our eye on it since completing the PCT. Unlike the other two long trails, the hiker must have some backcountry navigation skill. Our decision to hike it in two halves, like I did the AT, will remove most of the snow issue. That wasn't a hard decision, after reading Gadget's journal from 2011. No, we will not see record snow like he experienced. We'd better not--because we are from the PCT class of 2007, when snow in the high Sierra's was unusually low. We are able to follow the snow reports on this postholer website.

Some of you think that our long distance hiking is simply amazing. You wonder at how we could even plan to do such things. I have to set the record straight right up front. We could not do this without the assistance of some fantastic resources, written by truly amazing individuals. Jackie McDonnell (Yogi) writes planning guides for both the PCT and the CDT. She's a hiker with a fantastic memory, passion, and very good communication skills. She also knows that there is no one right way to hike these trails, and in her guides she offers up information from many other successful through hikers. We are using maps on the CDT created by a volunteer, Jonathon Ley, who is a hiker/photographer. You may want to visit Our trail guide books are written by Jim Wolf, the father of the CDT and president of the Continental Divide Trail Society. Check out He is another wonderful, caring individual who takes a personal interest in all the hikers, making sure they have the information they need. Then there is Frank Gilliland (Starman) who made it easy to load data on the CDT into our GPS unit. It only took us one afternoon to figure it out, instead of the whole week we had anticipated! WE LOVE THESE PEOPLE. You must understand that we could not hike the CDT, or scarcely think about it, without them. All we have to do is put one foot in front of the other, over and over, and over. Right?

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Fruitcake & Nutz On The CDT

The Continental Divide Trail extends nearly 3000 miles through the Rocky Mountains from Canada to New Mexico, and includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.


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