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SlowBro - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2019

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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 28, 2019
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Fri, Mar 8th, 2019

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Continental Divide Trail Map

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Screenshot of Guthook App


First, a quick update concerning power at our house. Right after posting last weeks blog the power went completely out. Then, about 40 minutes later, full power was restored. So my prediction of another week without power was completely wrong, and I'm glad. Things are pretty much back to normal, after replacing a circuitboard in our heat pump. It apparently got fried by the power surges. Now onto todays topic, maps.

I always find maps for these trails to be an interesting area of research. The CDT is particularly rich for the number of maps that are available. Of course the CDT, unlike the other major trails, has dozens of alternate routes that make for challenging map making. That said, I will highlight the most prominent maps available.

Atlas Guides puts out an electronic version of the Continental Divide Trail map under its Guthook Guide Series of Apps. The CDT Coalition, the official organization for the trail, uses this app as the official guide for the trail. It is based on another set of maps, the Bear Creek Survey maps. Guthook's set includes all of the official trail as well as most major alternates. The app includes information on resupply, towns, water sources, elevation profiles, and even photographs of many trail junctions and other features.

Bear Creek Survey also publishes this set of maps if you prefer printed copies. It is five paperback books worth of maps.

In addition, a guy named Jonathan Ley produced a set of maps back in 2001 and has continue to update them and make them available online. His maps are quite extensive and include the official trail and almost every last alternate as well as alternates of the alternates. They are downloadable from Avenza Maps and from Jonathans own website,

Scott Parks, who makes the Postholer website available, is also a cartographer and produces his own set of maps for the CDT, the PCT, the AT, and others. They are available in printed form also.

Finally one can use the Gaia GPS App to download all of the topo maps for the trail and use them like a set of paper maps.

I use the Guthook App and carry an electronic copy of Jonathan Leys maps as well as a full set of topo maps in the Gaia GPS App on my phone.

Common wisdom dictates that you should always carry paper maps in case something happens to your electronics. I would counter that you should always carry electronic maps in case something happens to your paper maps. Personally, I carry two phones and no paper maps. That way if one of my phones dies I have a back up. However, that is just my solution and I don't recommend it to everybody.

Well excuse me while I go download a few gigabytes worth of maps to my phone.

Until next week -Happy Trails

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