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Adam and Denali
Begins: Jun 10, 2016
Date: Thu, Oct 27th, 2016
Start: Silver City
End: Crazy Cook / Mexican Border
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We did it! With the exception of a 60-mile section between Jackson and Green River Lakes in Wyoming (where forest fires forced us to skip around), we hiked from Canada to Mexico. 4 months of hiking, 6 "zero" days, 2 weeks off in September, roughly 2800 miles, average of 23 miles per day... It's easy to rattle off statistics, but it's hard to believe we actually did all that.
The southernmost 100-or-so miles of the CDT are in the Chihuahuan Desert, which is the opposite of Glacier National Park in pretty much every way. That gave us some food for thought as we made our way through the rough, sandy landscape, getting scratched and stabbed by spiky plants and crawling under lone trees to catch some shade whenever we got the chance. Our last full day on the trail was the toughest, as our route traversed the base of the remote (and very prickly) Big Hatchet mountains, in and out of countless washes under the hottest sun we experienced on the entire trip. We ended up hiding from the heat in the late afternoon and finishing our hike at night, walking together in the dark as millions of stars came out and the land finally cooled to a comfortable temperature.
Our final week of hiking was eased by the presence of Adam's mom and step-dad, who spent several nights camping on random back roads in southern New Mexico with their RV in order to support us. They even secretly hitched a ride with our shuttle driver to surprise us at the end of the trail! We walked together to the monument that marks the southern terminus of the CDT, and the shuttle driver pointed out that they thus completed their "triple crown" (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail) at the same time as Adam. The three of them have been to the start and end of all three trails, and Adam has walked all the miles in between!
So here we are at the end of the adventure - though in many ways it's not really the end. We now have a long list of places along or near the CDT that we want to return to and explore further. We'll have to hike those 60 miles in the Gros Ventre Wilderness in Wyoming at some point (twist our arms). And we will surely be telling stories from this trip for years to come!
We're both extremely grateful for the opportunity to have done this hike, especially for all of the incredible support we received from family and friends along the way. If you're reading this, you're probably one of those friends or family members, and you should know that our love and gratitude is as vast as the Great Divide Basin, as fierce as the wind in Glacier National Park, as sweet as a desert morning, as sweeping as the alpine meadows of the San Juans... I could certainly go on but for now I'l just say THANK YOU!!!
Photos are now updated through the end of the trip, you can find them at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7RdSgYw_bIObnFLS284MXVQMkE
Love, Denali and Adam
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