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WFO50+ - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2019

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City: Freeland
State: Maryland
Country: US
Begins: Aug 6, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jan 29th, 2019

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 280
Journal Visits: 3,011
Guestbook Views: 44
Guestbook Entrys: 12

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Virginia Border AT 2018


We are all fortunate to have choices. Among the many choices I'm grateful to have access to are "Where to hike in 2019?" I've had my sights set on a long section (other hikers called me a LASHER Long A** Section Hiker on the AT last spring) of the Pacific Northwest Trail for a while. I was even fortunate enough to give Jeff Kish, the PNT Director a ride from Hart's Pass last year. However, when I got an invitation from SlowBro to hike part of the CDT with him, I was excited. Slowbro and I met electronically on this forum in 2017 when we hiked the AZT just one week apart. He was a week ahead of me and I was making water decisions off of his detailed water reports that included estimates of flow in liters per minute. As I progressed on the AZT I would read the trail registers to see how far ahead SlowBro was. I was only about three days behind SlowBro when I got to Flagstaff, and then never saw his name in the registers again. It turns out that I just missed SlowBro by a day in Flag as he spent a few days there with a hike ending injury. SlowBro and I have corresponded a great deal since then about hiking and general life things. As excited as I am to hike with SlowBro, I have enough hiking experience to know that it might not work out, but I also know that we will both be okay with that if it goes that way.

The section I will hike is from Lima, MT to the Chief Mountain Trailhead at the Canadian border. I spent some time in Montana and Idaho in the past, and they are some of my favorite areas in the US. The section is just under 800 miles and will take approximately 40 days. The start will be early August and I will finish in mid September with likely some snow!

I know this is way early to start posting for a hike that doesn't start for about six months, but I thought it would be fun to post about other hikes, and experiences leading up to the hike. After all, I make these posts first as something to look back on, and second to share with friends and family, and third to encourage others to adventure.


FYI I was give this trail name on the AT by my friend Steamboat who thought that I was "wiry, and just kept going under my own momentum".

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