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CDT, Day 3 — Getting Wet

CDT, Day 3 — July 3 The day started well under blue skies after a good night’s sleep. Len the trail runner left at 6:15 a.m., heading south, and I soon followed going east. After a short climb along the side of the valley, the CDT maintained or lost elevation slowly through alpine tundra then…
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CDT, Day 2 — Avalanche Zone

CDT, Day 2 — July 2 I started hiking at 6:30 a.m. under blue skies after a restful night’s sleep. I gained an alpine ridge in a quarter mile on a more or less visible trail and continued east on the ridge for 1.5 miles. From the ridge, the trail descended steeply toward Bobtail Creek,…
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CDT, Day 1 — Setting Sail

CDT, Day 1 — July 1 Betsy and I awoke at 5:30 a.m., ate breakfast, and drove 90 minutes to Silverthorne, Colo. — where I left off last year — on the western side of the Continental Divide. When we arrived at 8 a.m., the air was a chilly 47 degrees and I immediately got…
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Preparation for the CDT, Colorado to Montana

Preparation for the CDT, Colorado to Montana Embarking on a three-month long-distance hike entails considerable planning. As I gear up to hike the Continental Divide Trail from Silverthorne, Colo. to the Montana-Canada border, I'm in full-preparation mode. My pre-hike planning usually falls into three categories: Conditioning — both physical and mental Logistics — such as…
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In a Month, I’ll Be Hiking the Appalachian Trail Immediately after leaving the Appalachian Trail last August 8, I knew I wanted to complete the journey. Happily, my wife, Betsy, supported my desire to do so. In February, I bought my airplane ticket for a July 21 flight on Southwest from Denver to Boston. I…
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Day 9 on the Appalachian Trail

When I arrived at Fontana Lodge, I thought I'd arrived in heaven. A classy place where two guys from Georgia dropped me at the front door. My first night off the trail and my first chance to wash my filthy clothes plus shower, eat, and charge electronics. I checked in then walked to the laundromat…
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