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:
- Shelter: I’d upgrade to a lighter cuben version of the poncho tarp.
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS25 – I’ve carried this 6.9 oz point-and-shoot model since early 2014.
- Shoes: The latest Brooks Cascadia’s (10) haven’t been up to scratch. Hopefully the upcoming 11’s will be of a similar quality to previous models. If not, I would probably go with La Sportiva Wildcats or Altra Lone Peak 2.5’s.
- Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot – I’ve used this 3.2 oz headlamp since the Appalachian Trail in the fall/winter of 2012.