CDT – Days 50 to 52 – Freebird

DATE:  September 21 to 2320120927-113815.jpg

START:  Monarch Pass/Salida

FINISH:  Spring Creek Pass/Lake City

DISTANCE:  96 miles (154.5 km)

DAILY AVERAGE:  32 miles (51.5 km)

TOTAL DISTANCE:  1789.2 miles (2878.8 km)

Freebird: A funny thing happened on September 22; for the first time since I began the CDT some 1800 miles ago, I hiked with someone else. That person was none other than Freebird. Hailing from Maui, Hawaii, Freebird is a former pro windsurfer who has been hiking long distance trails since 1996. The man hikes in sandals; even in the snow!
As laid back a character as you are ever likely to meet, we hiked and chatted together for the best part of five hours; conversation topics included the JFK assassination, 9/11, mutual hiking friends, Noam Chomsky and the weather patterns of New England in the Fall. It was great meeting you, Freebird, and I look forward to catching up in Hawaii one of these days to hike the Na Pali Coast.

Memories of Scotland: Stretches of the final section before Spring Creek Pass reminded me quite a lot of hiking in the Scottish Highlands. The bare hills, slate and shale laden slopes, grey skies and, of course, the steady supply of bone-chilling precipitation. Aaahhh, if only there had been a centuries old inn at days end; drawing in the weary rambler with the promise of hot soup, a bowl of hearty beef stew and a shot or two of the finest whiskey. As a wise Scotsman once told me, “son, it never rains in the pub.”











CDT – Days 50 to 52 – Freebird — 9 Comments

  1. Cam! Just checking in on you my man. Glad to see things are going well headed south, and that weather has held for you so far. All is well in Seattle and the Cascades. Summer just keeps stretching on. Happy travels.


    • Hey Tobias,
      Great to hear from you! I spoke a little too soon in regards to the weather……I got hit with a few big storms whilst in the San Juan’s. Nonetheless it was a walk in proverbial park compared to the slide alder bushwhack down the White River “trail” in the Cascades!

  2. Cam, Im glad to see you’re still walking! Im sure that you’re taking care of yourself as best you can. I hit Manning Park last week on the 21st! What an amazing trail it is. Ive got so much respect for you for completing it as quickly as you did. Thats something else, brother! Anyways, I am back home in TN now. So, be sure and give me a heads up when you get close. I’d be more than happy to pick you up and take you in for however long you need. Even if you’re in a hurry, we should at least meet for a beer! Good luck to you on the rest of your journey! Im pulling for you!


    • Hey Will,
      Great to hear from you. Thanks for your kind words. It’s been a long time since Ziggy and the Bear’s and all those wind farms! Congrats on completing the PCT……yes, it is an awesome hike! It would be great to catch up again in TN……..a beer or two will definitely be on the cards!

  3. Just back from the Sierras and Utah. Got caught up on the blog…great stuff! Give a holler about the last CDT box and I will send when you’re ready.

    • Cooooooops (aka. The Gambler)……still the King of off-trail hiking in the Sierra! Sorry to hear you didn’t pay a return visit to some of our old Hayduke haunts……..I hear the night life in Tropic and Escalante absolutely goes off this time of year.



  4. What no rendetion of Lynard Skynyrd’s “freebird” or compulation of your favorite Skynyrd songs besides Freebird? I am so disappointed. So let me pick a few for you:

    That Smell
    Simple Man
    Gimme Three Steps
    Call me that Breeze
    What’s your Name

    Happy Hiking!

  5. Great meeting you as well Swami. I really enjoyed hiking with you for an afternoon. My attempt to climb San Louis Peak (14.014′) proved futile – got hammered by a thundersnow squall on the summit ridge & had to bail back down to the CDT! I should have hiked with you instead that day to Spring Creek Pass – but I did end up with a great campsite on a ridge with trees & fire ring (BONFIRE that night!)

    Looking forward to hiking the Kalalau Trail with you soon – maybe after the AT???? If I were you, I would spend the winter in Kalalau living with the ‘Outlaws’ :

    Happy Trails, freebird

    • Hey Freebird,
      Great to hear from you! Just arrived in wet and chilly New England, and I have to say the thought of winter in Hawaii is sounding pretty good right now!
      Best of luck in New Mexico.

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