The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is a continuous footpath from the Mexican Border to the Canadian Border through the Rocky Mountains. Following the backbone of the United States, the CDT runs ridges, follows rivers, traverses deserts and summits mountains.
Hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail in one go is the journey of a lifetime, and regardless of how prepared and planned you arrive for it at the start, the trail will both alter and defy your expectations. I first learned about the PCT in the 1980s, when I read The High Adventures of Eric Ryback, one of the earliest books written about walking the world’s longest contiguous footpath. Growing up in California and backpacking frequently in the Sierras and then later living in Washington and climbing in the North Cascades, I often crossed paths with the PCT and hiked parts of it, but it wasn’t until my 60th birthday this past year, that I decided to celebrate my advancing age by setting out with my wife to try and walk the whole thing. Here are a few things I learned along the way.Continue reading
Late August of 2021 the Forest Service closed all California National Forests to visitors. The Dixie Fire was raging in Northern California and they wanted to prevent any further fires and protect the public. When the news came through I...Continue reading
The author holding a radio collar found on the hike, not the top of the inReach SE poking out from the shoulder pocket on the pack-photo by Naomi Hudetz Background Let’s face it, updating your gear is always a debate, "Should...Continue reading
The The Great Western Loop is a 6,875-mile hike through five National Scenic Trails in the Western US. Six Moon Designs Ambassador Crystal Gail Welcome is hiking this trail currently and shares her experience on a thru-hike of the Arizona Trail as part of this loop.Continue reading