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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One of the most important decisions to make when planning a thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail is direction of travel, which is a critical component of selecting a start date.
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Four years ago today, I made a decision that completely reshaped the course of my life: to thru-hike the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail. In the four years since I first set foot on Springer Mountain, I've also thru-hiked the 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, as well as the much shorter Long Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail, all together totaling 5,400 miles.
This year, I will attempt my third epic-length hike: The Continental Divide Trail.
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