Continental Divide Trail (2012)

Waterton Lake | Glacier NP, Montana, 2012

Waterton Lake | Glacier National Park, MT.

The CDT represented the penultimate hike of the 12 Long Walks series.

I began my journey at Waterton Lake on the US/Canadian border on August 3. I reached Mexico some 74 days later on October 15.

In regards to conditions, I had a relatively mellow run with the weather all the way down to Colorado, where not surprisingly I encountered some late season storms in the Rockies.

The gear I carried was almost identical to to the kit I packed on the Pacific Crest Trail.

If I was to hike the CDT again in 2016, what would I change? 

Nothing too much. Tweaks, rather than seismic shifts:

  • Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot – I’ve used this 3.2 oz headlamp since the Appalachian Trail in the fall/winter of 2012.

If I was heading northbound in an average snow year, I would also consider adding Kahtoola microspikes and/or a CAMP Corsa ice axe for the San Juans section in Colorado.

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