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Begins: Jul 13, 2013
Date: Sun, Nov 3rd, 2013
Trip Distance: 2,036.0
Entry Visits: 553
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Guestbook Entrys: 5
Continental Divide Trail Map
It is hard to believe that my CDT hike is over. It is a wierd feeling, one that is part satisfaction but also part sadness. It was truly a grand adventure, filled with beauty, wildness, struggle, and contemplation. It was a true test of my capacity to keep a positive outlook and keep going.
The CDT is truly an ass kicker. Everyday there seemed to be an added element of struggle on top of everything else. The most significant hassle was constantly navigating the trail, figuring out our position, where to go next, trying not to get misplaced, and figuring out how to find the trail once misplaced. But despite all of that, I learned a lot about navigation and developed some good skills, which Im sure will be valuable on other adventures.
The second hardest struggle was the weather. The weather in Montana was great, with only a day or so with passing thunderstorms, but once in Wyoming it was all downhill. Daily thunder and lightning storms plaugued us through Wyoming, which was probably the most unerving, especially in areas where you cannot get to cover. And then we had to walk through the rains of the historic Colorado floodings of this year, which, let me tell you, was so much fun! And then we got early snow, which was equally as enjoyable.
However, despite all of these hardships, the divide is a magical place. There is so much beauty in these mountains that pictures and words fail to adequately describe them. It is someplace you need to see in person in order to appreciate the vastness and wonder of these wild spaces.
I have not had any life changing epiphanies on this trip, but maybe I have learned/discovered this:
Perhaps the point of life is to always keep exploring and learning. The CDT has taght me that. Do not be afraid of the unknown. Take chances; do something diffrent; allow yourself to be afraid and be uncomfortable. When you emerge on the other side, you will have learned much about the world and of yourself.
A big thank you to everyone who supported me on this journey:
Carolyn; You are an incredible individual for putting up with me for yet another hike. You are an amazing person, full of life and happiness. Thank you for sending out the first half of my packages and filling them with treats from home. I cant wait to return home and start where we left off. Its been too long without my best friend.
Mom and Dad; Thank you so much for supporting me on the decision for hiking the CDT. I always value your opinion on choices I have made in my life, and your understanding for leaving my job and pursuing this effort meant a lot to me. Thanks for sending the second batch of drop boxes out and filling them with treats from home. Thank you for everything, you.truly are the best!
And finally, Qball, my friend: It was a grand adventure, and I am glad I had the pleasure to experience this ridiculous trail with you. It was a spectacular journey, filled with many moments of achievement, but many more moments of frustration and hardship. You are a good friend and an amazimg person. Congratulations on finishing all three trails, and the best of luck on adventures to come.
That is it. Video footage to come once I put it all together. Follow your own trail. It will not dissapoint.
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