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[pct-l] back from the summer

I look forward to seeing that it looks really interesting, and something I
would like to try.

-------Original Message-------
From: Chris Willett
Date: 09/21/04 11:26:23
To: pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net; cdt-l@mailman.backcountry.net
Subject: [pct-l] back from the summer
Hi All,
I am now in Lakewood, WA, after having a summer of fun and a few weeks of
moving from Indiana.  For those of you who are new here or who might have
forgotten, I hiked the PCT in 03.  This summer, I warmed up with a little
jaunt on the AT, from Damascus, VA to Manchester Center, VT, a distance of
around 1150 miles.  Sick and tired of the AT's lack of wilderness and
scenery, I hopped off in late June and began the long journey to Calgary
(yes, Canada), via Chicago and Logan, UT.  On July 9, I began hiking north
from the US-Canadian border in Waterton NP, heading for Mount Robson, the
highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.  This route is generally known as the
Great Divide Trail, although this isn't a trail in the PCT or AT sense of
the word.  There is no trail association, there really are no blazes.  I
found exactly one sign that indicated that there was such a thing as the GDT
 and that was in Jasper, where a big sign proclaimed that it was the
Northern Terminus of the Great Divide Trail. Rather comical, really.  I am
told there are some trail blazes along a 90K segment that I had to walk
around due to being thrown out of the world's second largest coal mine
(story some other time).  The GDT should really be thought of as a route.  I
haven't hiked the CDT, but I suspect that there is far less trail
development on the GDT than on the CDT.
It took me a month to reach Robson, a distance of about 650 miles.  I took 4
days off in that total.  There is a guidebook, but not much else in terms of
resources.  I'll be happy to answer any questions about the GDT.  For those
of you who have looked at the route, be aware that the official permitting
process is far easier than you might suspect.  I should have a web page up
about the trip sometime this fall, with information, journals, and pictures.
Christopher Willett
Pierce College
9401 Farwest Drive SW.
Lakewood, WA. 98498-1999
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