What is the CDT?
U.S. is crisscrossed by a network
of National Scenic Trails. They are long distance hiking trails with the
Appalachian Trail (AT), located on the east coast, being the oldest, and one of
the most well known. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is the west coast
version and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) spanning the backbone of the
Traveling roughly 3,000 miles the CDT runs through
skirting the border of Idaho, and through Montana to terminate in Canada. With five different starting points at the
two borders, numerous alternates, and different routes to follow hiking the CDT
is a customizable adventure. The CDT is
unfinished and wild yet stunning deep in the remote backcountry. It is also not a hike chosen by many. Of the three longest trails in this country
it boasts the least amount of thru-hikers.
In spring 2013 fewer than 100 hikers are planning to leave the Mexican
border—many of them are seeking to embrace their final trail of the Triple
Starting April 10th Portrait and I will be two of the few ready to embrace the CDT with the goal of hiking from the Mexican boarder to the Canadian one before the weather window slams shut.