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Pprovost - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2019

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Pierre Provost "Jackrabbit" Paul Dally
City: Vancouver
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 1, 2019
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 27th, 2019
Start: Vancouver, WA
End: Vancouver,WA
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 127
Journal Visits: 7,799
Guestbook Views: 129
Guestbook Entrys: 31

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Pierre and Paul's FAQ sheet

Pierre and Paul's FAQs:

-How Long is this Hike?

2000 miles. Yep, that is a lot of miles. The whole trail is 3100 but we are skipping over a 500 mile middle section that Pierre and his wife, Betsy, already hiked this last September. For this hike, Betsy will be joining us for the last month. The CDT starts at the Canadian border in Glacier National Park, goes through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, ending at the Mexican Border.

-How long will this take?

We start hiking July 1st and will return the first week of November, 4 months. The rhythm of the trail is that we go into a town about every 4-5 days to get resupplied with food, get a motel room, shower, do laundry, update the blog, talk to family and charge our electronics. Then we head out the next day.

-How many miles do you hike each day?

Once we get up to speed, we will be hiking 22-25 miles/day. We basically walk all day like it's a 10-12 hour/day job.

-How much do your packs weigh?

Pierre's pack with no food, water or cooking fuel is about 17 pounds (with our beginning ice axe and micro-spike crampons). With a full load of food and some water, our packs will be in the 25-27 pound range. Food is about 2 pounds per person per day.

-What about bears?

Yep, There are lots-o-bears. Of particular concern are the grizzlies in the north section in Glacier and Yellowstone National parks. These are very different form the black bears that we are used to dealing with as grizzlies can kill us. We are hiking together which helps tremendously, we are ready with a quick draw to fire off our bear spray (much more effective than a gun) and we will not cook in the same spot where we camp, if at all possible.

-What else is dangerous out there?

Stream Crossings: Sometimes we have to wade through fast moving, swollen streams in the middle of nowhere.

Lightning strikes: Truly. Particularly in Colorado. If there is a lightning storm brewing, we have to wait until it passes before we cross over a high open area.

-Why?! Really, Why are you doing this?


We love being out in the stunning beauty and remoteness of our American wilderness

This type of hike strips away the complexity of our modern lives and reduces it to a very basic and rewarding existence. It is amazing to be walking through different seasons from spring snow into fall.

Hiking a months long hike changes the way one experiences time. It does change how one looks at our everyday phrenetic way of life.

This is an adventure and a challenge of a lifetime. This knocks off a big goal in a couple of very goal oriented guys. The Triple Crown is hiking all three of the main long trails in the US: Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and CDT- This will wrap it up for Pierre. Paul will have just the AT to go.

-Will you guys be able to jump back into work after being off for so long?

It is a transition resuming our usual life, (as it is for anyone) but we have both been gone for months at a time before and are able to get right back into it. We have each been doing our respective jobs for more than 25 years.

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