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Colter - Desert Trail Journal - 2012

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City: Fairbanks
State: Alaska
Begins: Mar 1, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Dec 12th, 2012
End: Fairbanks
Trip Distance: 2,223.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,643
Journal Visits: 89,890
Guestbook Views: 7,515
Guestbook Entrys: 83

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Alaska Range, Winter

Back Home in Alaska, and Thanks!

Make sure you check out my entry for the day I reached Canada!

It's all memories and photos now, my time on the Desert Trail. What an adventure it was. I encourage people to read through my prior entries and check out the photos.

So many people were kind to me on this trip I'd like to thank a few people with apologies in advance to those I remember but have forgotten to mention.

Steve Tabor: Steve, who's trail name is Pathfinder, has done more than any other individual to scout the route of the Desert Trail and has written an invaluable series of guidebooks. It was an incredible undertaking in time and expense to complete his work. There would be no Desert Trail as it is today without him.

Russell Pengelly: The man who came up with the idea of The Desert Trail and the founder of the Desert Trail Association.

Dave Green: aka Seldom Seen, has, as past president of the Desert Trail Association, put a lot of effort into making the trail a reality. In addition to help with my planning, he shuttled me back to the trail after a town resupply and sent me a Desert Trail Association banner to use at the finish.

Marlys Nelson: my mom received and forwarded supplies to me during the summer and as usual my parents were completely supportive.

Jim and Lora Griffin: Jim is a smokejumper buddy. The Griffins store backpacking supplies for me and provide me with a base of operations in SW Montana.

Ken Coe: Ken is an old smokejumper buddy in Fairbanks. He kept an eye on my cabin and sifted through all my mail to keep me in the loop. As usual, he did an extremely good job.

Bob Lyon: an active Desert Survivor, did a lot of research on thru-hiking the trail, and generously shared his knowledge with me.

Chris Hansen: a fellow hiker, gave me a shuttle to and from the trail when I passed through Spokane. He also gave me a place to stay for the night and cooked a couple of fine meals.

Tom Boatner: Boats, another old smokejumper buddy, must have driven nearly 2,000 miles to support my hike, and came along with me to help pick up my last caches after the hike was over. Tom and Lisa provided lodging before and after my hike, too.

Don Brown: aka Dusty. Dusty met me along the trail, and brought me supplies. He also cooked me a fine meal and provided moral support during my hike.

Dr. Bob Davis: Bob was very supportive during my hike and hiked with me for a couple of days in the Granite Mountain Wilderness. One of the best things he did was bring me a cheeseburger, fries, and shake.

Dave Oline: Dave spent considerable time rounding up information and forwarding on to me.

Desert Survivors: Many members of the organization generously donated their time in providing me information, and have worked hard to preserve the wild character of American deserts.

Jacumba Hot Springs: the owners let me park my pickup there for weeks, just to be nice.

And many, many other people: All the people who gave me a ride when I hitched into town for supplies. Robert and Chris Clinesmith who befriended me as I walked through Benge, WA. The countless people who have helped with the scouting and planning of the Desert Trail. And those that read my journal and signed my guestbook.

Thanks All!

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