A Peruvian Shepherd in Montana

The following meeting took place during my Continental Divide Trail hike of 2012: As I descended towards Morrison Lake, I was approached by a latino man on horseback. He greeted me with an enthusiastic, “Hola Amigo!” Much to his surprise, I responded in Spanish. … Continue reading

Quick & Dirty Guides to the Triple Crown

With the popularity of the Triple Crown increasing, the amount of information on the internet regarding the three long distance trails is staggering. Some of it is good; some of it not so much. That being the case, how does one separate … Continue reading

CDT – Days 71 to 74 – And then there was one…….

DATE:  October 12 to 15 START:  Doc Campbell’s FINISH:  Columbus, US/Mexico Border DISTANCE:  174.6 miles (290 km) DAILY AVERAGE:  43.7 miles (70.3 km) TOTAL DISTANCE:  2592 miles (4171 km) Major Route Choice #4: Columbus or Crazy Cook/Antelope wells? I chose … Continue reading

CDT – Days 58 to 61 – The Night Walker

DATE:  September 29 to October 2 START:  Wolf Creek Pass/Pagosa Springs, CO FINISH:  Just past the junction of FR 137 & 139 – about eight miles before Ghost Ranch DISTANCE:  137.2 miles (220.8 km) DAILY AVERAGE:  34.3 miles (55.2 km) … Continue reading

CDT – Days 53 to 56 – San Juan’s

DATE:  September 24 to 27 START:  Spring Creek Pass/Lake City FINISH:  Wolf Creek Pass/Pagosa Springs DISTANCE:  115.3 miles (185.6 km) DAILY AVERAGE:  28.8 miles (46.4 km) TOTAL DISTANCE:  1904.5 miles (3064.3 km) Major Route Choice # 3: San Juan’s or … Continue reading

CDT – Days 50 to 52 – Freebird

DATE:  September 21 to 23 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 … Continue reading

CDT – Days 44 to 46 – Old Friends

DATE:  September 15 to 17 START:  Grand Lake FINISH:  Tennessee Pass/Leadville DISTANCE:  105 miles (168.9 km) DAILY AVERAGE:  35 miles (56.3 km) TOTAL DISTANCE:  1593 miles (2563.1 km) Lynz: The highlight of this section was not any particular view or … Continue reading

CDT – Days 38 to 41 – Beer Karma

DATE:  September 9 to 12 START:  Roadside ditch, not far from Rawlins FINISH:  Muddy Pass (thereabouts) DISTANCE:  169 miles (272 km) DAILY AVERAGE:  42.3 miles (68.1 km) TOTAL DISTANCE:  1414 miles (2275.1 km) The Beer Gods are Smiling: Maybe it’s … Continue reading

CDT – Days 33 to 37 – From the Penthouse to the Outhouse

DATE:  September 4 to 8  START:  Scenic spot, just south of Lester Pass FINISH:  Roadside ditch, not far from Rawlins DISTANCE:  203 miles (326.6 km) DAILY AVERAGE:  40.6 miles (65.3 km) TOTAL DISTANCE:  1245 miles (2003.2 km) Cirque of the … Continue reading

CDT – Days 30 to 32 – Wind River Range

DATE:  September 1 to 3 START:  Turpin Meadow (six miles from Togwotee Lodge) FINISH:  Just south of Lester Pass DISTANCE:  102 miles (164.1 km) DAILY AVERAGE:  34 miles (54.7 km) TOTAL DISTANCE:  1042 miles (1676.6 km) The Wind River Range. … Continue reading