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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Having a start date makes a hike much more real: it sets an actual deadline. It’s also much easier to plan for a hike when you know when it’s going to start.
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One of the unique parts of the Continental Divide Trail, compared to the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, is the number of alternate routes hikers can take, and how that impacts planning.
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