Videos, trail stats and more. This page documents my quest to hike the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.
In 2015 I covered 110 miles from the Mexican border north to Silver City before coming off the trail with a stress fracture to my tibia and a broken heart. In 2016 I covered 1720 miles from the Canadian border south back to Silver City, skipping over two 300-mile sections of trail. I am excited to finish those 2 sections in a future year: the Wind River Range to Steamboat Springs and Tennessee Pass (Leadville) to Wolf Creek Pass (Pagosa Springs).
Check back for video snippets from the trail.
CDT 2016 Stats
- Miles hiked: 1720 miles (2750 kms).
- Dates: Jun 17 – Nov 9.
- Montana/Idaho: Jun 17 – Aug 22, complete at 820 miles.
- Wyoming: Aug 22 – Aug 30, 160 miles down, 250 miles to go.
- Colorado: Sept 1 – Oct 5, 280 miles down, 350 miles to go.
- New Mexico: Oct 9 – Nov 9, 460 miles, 110 miles in 2015. Complete at 570 miles.
- Cumulative CDT miles 2015 & 2016: 1830 miles (2950 kms), 600 to-go!
- Average miles: 19 miles/day (MT 19 miles, WY 23 miles, CO 18 miles, NM 19 miles).
- Longest day: 33 miles (53kms), out-walking a storm in the Scapegoat Wilderness.
- Longest without seeing a human: 7 days in MT
- Longest without seeing a thru-hiker: 34 days in CO/NM
- Grizzly bears encountered: 5, all in Glacier National Park MT
- Favorite trail town: Steamboat Springs, CO
- Weirdest trail town: Pie Town, NM
- Longest time off trail: 1wk mid-trail break in Steamboat, CO; and 1wk after a cortisone injection in my knee in Silverthorne, CO.
- Favorite section: Can’t pick, I LOVED all of them.
- Least favorite section: None, if I had to pick Grants to Pie Town, NM.
- Favorite experiences: freedom, solitude, sense of constant adventure, anticipation of what’s over the next ridge, seeing so many remote and beautiful places, meeting interesting people.
- Least favorite experiences: blisters, tweaked muscles/tendons, creepy cowboy hitch, face-time with Grizzly bears, road walking, long water carries.
- Times cried: only once, and it was out of happiness, relief and sense of achievement when I saw the Grand Tetons from Idaho and knew I had almost made it to Wyoming.
- Shoes: 7, 5 of which didn’t work well for me.
- Took a wrong turn: too many to count.
- Couldn’t find the trail: too many to count.
- Totally lost: 0
- Thing I missed most: my pillow.
- Thing I missed least: the perceived urgency and importance of the ‘real world’.
- Couldn’t have done it without: Katie Dunlap, helped with so many logistics and most of my trail re-supply. Thank you, Katie!
- Funniest experiences: charged by a squirrel; total yard-sale because I was texting while hiking and tripped; playing cards in a broken down van on the side of I-80; being refused service for looking like a homeless person.
- Injuries: none!
- Body rebellions: blisters first 1000 miles; extremely sore feet first 1000 miles; weird nerve pain under foot right side, first 1000 miles; hip flexor left side, a few times; IT band tendonitis right side, last 1000 miles; Achilles tendons both sides, 100 miles in NM; extensor tendonitis left side, final 20 miles; and 2 toe nails fell off, last 200 miles.
CDT 2015 Stats
- Miles hiked: 110 miles
- Dates: April 21 – May 8, Mexican Border to Silver City, New Mexico.
- Days hiked: 7 (and 2 partial days).
- Average hiking day: 15 miles
- Favorite experiences: all of the ‘firsts’: starting a long distance hike, backpacking in the desert, meeting my new trail family…
- Least favorite experiences: hiking with leg pain, stress fracture in my tibia, having my CDT dream shattered so soon after it began.
Thank you to everyone in my world that has supported/continues to support me in this dream.