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CDT, Day 4 — Another tough day

CDT, Day 4 — July 4 On the trail at 5:45 a.m., later than I wanted. I gained a bit of elevation then headed downhill and met CDT section hiker Rambler, who was heading south. The steep switchbacks ended at a trailhead. I got water from a creek then headed uphill. The first two miles…
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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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