After climbing mount Katahdin in 2015 and completing my Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail I said I’d never hike a long trail like that again. Once was enough right? Never again…
So fast forward a little bit to early 2016, Cheesebeard and Click announce that they are indeed hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the summer. They asked me a few times if I was interested and for various reasons the answer was no. The main reason being I simply did not want to, I wasn’t ready for it yet. I stayed in touch with the boys during their hike and followed their epic journey through their Instagram pages. I knew I’d made the right decision personally but there was definitely a good amount of envy at the scenery they were seeing and simply living the trail life.
Unless you’ve hiked a long distance trail before I think it’s really hard to describe the aspects of trail life. For me the biggest thing I missed was the simplicity of life, waking up, breaking down camp, hiking until you can’t hike any more and setting up camp again. Life slows down and you learn to appreciate things more.
With our rendezvous in Tokyo and the subsequent trip through Nepal and Europe, the boys enthusiasm for the PCT and trail life was overflowing. They both quickly realised they would be hiking the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2017 and completing their Triple Crown.
They wanted me to be a part of it.
I said yes.
It wasn’t a decision I made lightly or without thoroughly discussing it with Michelle.
The CDT is considered the most “wild” of the three big trails in the US and presents some of the greatest challenges to a long distance hiker. The opportunity to hike the trail with two of my best friends that I trust with my life couldn’t be passed up.
Some facts on the CDT
- Officially the CDT isn’t actually “finished” yet, it is a combination of smaller trails linked together and in many instances you can choose to follow one route or another.
- The trail runs from the Canadian Border to the Mexican border, passing through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico following the Rocky Mountains.
- The trail is 3100 miles long and we’re aiming to complete the hike in around five months.
- The CDT is the least hiked of the big three trails, only around 200 people per year attempt to thru hike the trail, compared to nearly 3000 on the AT.
- We’ll be leaving some time in June heading Southbound from the Canadian Border toward Mexico.
Between now and leaving for the hike I’ve got a whole load of work to be doing to prepare and I plan on sharing that information here on the blog. The topics are going to be far ranging from preparing trail food in a dehydrator to which socks I’ll be using. The CDT is a very different animal to the AT so I have a lot of research to do and a lot of planning.
We have a big group project planned for the CDT that we’re not quite ready to announce yet but it’s going to be a lot of work and a lot of fun.
Stay tuned for more on that over the next couple of months.