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Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

The last trail we are going to address on this Wisdom from the 2018 Thru-Hikers series is the epic, infamous CDT. The CDT tends to be less trafficked and less talked about than the PCT and AT, and we’re thrilled to share this first-hand insight.
Megan “Sourstraws” and “Piñata” Hammond | May 2nd–September 3rd NOBO
Author’s note: I had the pleasure of leapfrogging with Sourstraws and Piñata at the very beginning of my PCT hike—we stayed at Scout and Frodo’s the same night before starting our hikes. ...

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All The Luck: Mount Laguna to Scissors Crossing

Miles 41.5-77.3
Leaving Mount Laguna was a snowy mess. The storm had passed but the sky kept turning sullen and then sunny, eventually just back to a foggy gray. It was difficult finding the trail in the snow. It intersects Desert View Picnic Area and I was using my GPS which led me over a hill and past a picnic table, then through a rocky path and finally to what appeared to be the slushy trail. ...

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How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

Have you ever noticed that thru-hikers have an awful lot in common with zombies? Both are prone to shuffling glassy-eyed through the woods at strange hours. Both have large appetites and—cough—unusual diets. And there’s no denying that both zombies and thru-hikers have similarly disgusting feet, complete with gnarled toenails, off-color skin and a putrid odor.
From blisters to trench foot, lost toenails to plantar fasciitis, all hikers will experience foot problems at some point. By taking action to prevent and treat these common issues, ...

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Top 3 Fears and the Flimsiest of Plans

Instagram: mczonthepct
Tomorrow’s the day, lads. My flight for San Diego leaves at 6:00 AM.
Side note- why do I consistently choose the cheapest flight (cheapest meaning MAYBE a $30 difference) and never consider the logistics behind it? I’ll be spending $30 on cab fare at 6:00 AM when I could have chosen the later, minutely more expensive flight, and had someone drive me for free at a more reasonable time. As Harry Styles once said, ...

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Potato Leek Soup

This healthy Potato Leek Soup is exactly where we need to be right now: expertly walking the tightrope between rich, creamy comfort food and all things bright, fresh, and light. When you taste a bite of this Potato Leek Soup, first you’ll be struck by how rich and thick it is. If you’re partial to […]

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PCT NOBO 2018 to SOBO 2019, Almost a YOYO

Why hike back to back?
Everyone asks me why I would want to hike the same trail again in 2019.  Don’t I want to try something new like the CDT or the AT instead?  The truth is that I am not done with the PCT, and hiking it SOBO will be a completely different experience from the NOBO trip I took last summer.
My 2018 hike was not what I expected.  I started out in Campo, ...

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Why the CDT Is No Country for White Blazers

This article suggests that "white blazing," a term for only hiking the official Appalachian Trail as part of a continuous thru-hike, might work for the AT, but doesn't work for the Continental Divide Trail, which has many alternate routes. Hungry Cat discusses having to come to grips with there being no "correct way" to hike the CDT as part of his trip planning, and how embracing alternate routes is perfectly acceptable in a thru-hike focused on maintaining continuous footsteps from Mexico to Canada. This article may be useful to previous AT section or thru-hikers who are considering a thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail.

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Thru’s-Eve: A Final Gear Check Before Hitting the AT

For aspiring and committed thru-hikers, the first day on trail always seems like the carrot-on-a-stick that remains just out of reach. Not a day goes by without daydreaming of life on-trail, brainstorming trail names, or imagining the vistas of the mountaintops we’ll soon call home.
At least, that’s how it’s felt for me.
My turnover from Peace Corps to AT thru-hike has been a little over two weeks; since returning from Ecuador, I’ve been feverishly piecing together the gear list I had researched and daydreamed of for nearly a year. ...

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