The Tuscarora Trail has been on my bucket list for a few years, but I wasn’t expecting to hike it this year, and certainly not under these circumstances. But after I had to cancel my Continental Divide Trail thru-hike earlier this year, I knew I would need to find something else to do. And though it’s not the grand capstone to my triple crown that I expected, the Tuscarora Trail will be a third of sorts: my third Appalachian Trail-adjacent thru-hike.
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Sadly, it’s time to make official what I’ve known for the last few weeks: I won’t be hiking the Continental Divide Trail this year.
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My gear on the Pacific Crest Trail was mostly a gradual evolution from my Appalachian Trail and Long Trail thru-hikes, with some changes to reduce weight and additions for requirements in the desert and the Sierra Nevada.
For the most part, it was successful, in that my gear got me through the whole trail, although some of it did not work out near as well as I expected.
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As much as we call a thru-hike a walk in the wilderness, that wilderness requires a surprising amount of civilization to properly function.
And of all the things that I thought might significantly affect a thru-hike, it never occurred to me that I would be impacted by a plague.
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One of the attractions of the Continental Divide Trail to me is the variety of new challenges the CDT brings. The most significant of which is the “choose your own adventure” aspect of the trail.
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