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Hiking the Continental Divide, Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trail

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New book on hiking in the Red River Gorge



Hiking the Gorge
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Added by Larry Budd on February 2, 2013 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Grand Canyon Adventure Guide

I have hiked into The Canyon several times, once with my daughter in a backpack. But I have never hiked from rim to rim.

http://www.backpaGrand…

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Added by Larry Budd on January 17, 2013 at 9:09pm — No Comments

I learned of this alternative approach to crossing the Divide reporting a story. Sounds great!

I learned of this alternative approach to crossing the Divide reporting a story. Sounds great!

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Added by Larry Budd on February 2, 2012 at 11:55pm — No Comments

From Georgia to Maine, with Jeff Sauer, aka Sauerdough, on the Appalachian Trail in 2010

Greetings from Central VA



june 7

I started hiking the App Trail on April 12th so it is coming up on two

months. A day or so ago I passed the 700 mile mark. As the trail is

2175 miles we are about a third done. Virginia

has been fairly hot and quite humid. Esp hiking uphill the sweat really

comes.

Fortunately the trail is mostly in tree cover so the heat is not bad. Im

told it will get a lot worse - July in NY, PA etc. Ive been…

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Added by Larry Budd on October 4, 2010 at 7:33pm — No Comments

PCT support

Any members needing support on the PCT between the Siskiyous and Marble Mountains we are located in Seiad Valley and will be happy to help out.

Added by Marc Lipman on April 17, 2010 at 9:22am — No Comments

From Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide Trail: Part 6

11/12/87

Hike toward Cabezon, take wrong fork, head alongside, view old ghost town Cabezon from afar. Wonderland of buttes, mesas, desert flora in an area under wilderness study by the BLM. When road heads west, I drop off to a road southwest, which soon hits bridge with a sign warning against crossing. Backtrack, eventually come to gate signed, "No Trespassing" and "Beware of Dog." But no choice, so hike on. Luckily no dogs, breathing hard I pass house, car parked in back. Horses study,… Continue

Added by Larry Budd on December 12, 2009 at 1:54pm — No Comments

From Canada to Mexico on the Continental Divide Trail: Part 5

10/13/87

Alone I begin climb up to peak with nasty clouds everywhere, but warm climb, so wear minimal clothing. Really socking in, high winds, rain blowing, but push up over the ridge. Ridge walk around to Spring Creek, take refuge in spruce as snow begins.

Stops, so hike on, climb vague trail with limited visibility, but find my way down to San Luis Pass. Proud, I enjoy a quick burst of sun. Up ridge where I apparently lose trail in a near white out, posts all over, white tubes, road… Continue

Added by Larry Budd on December 12, 2009 at 1:53pm — No Comments

From Canada to Mexico on the Continental Divide Trail: Part 4

9/12/87

Walk road, cold from freezing the night before. Eventually to 1-mile side road to moved Lakeview Campground. We sit, low on water. Old Green Mountain Clubber takes Laurie and me to a boat ramp faucet. Back at break spot, we talk long about the A.T., Long Trail in Vermont, much he built, maintained since 1959. Walk on out of Wyoming into Colorado.

Up to Hog Park Guard Station, where vehicles are traveling. Pass a jumble of weekenders, into the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Cross… Continue

Added by Larry Budd on December 12, 2009 at 1:52pm — No Comments

From Canada to Mexico on the Continental Divide Trail: Part 3

8/12/87

Up slow on cooold, frosty moring at my horse-shit appointed site in North Fork Meadows. The rodent? that rummaged all night left no traces, but cowbells I sought to escape last night ring even after I awaken.

Out of tent, usual putting together of pack, but frozen hands make this stressful. Almost leave a hanging rope, do leave without breakfast, choosing to walk to a sunny breakfast spot. Crisp and clear. Walking along multi-track trail, pass horsepacker and dog probably… Continue

Added by Larry Budd on December 12, 2009 at 1:50pm — No Comments

From Canada to Mexico on the Continental Divide Trail: Part 2

7/12/87

Trucks slowly pass, but only a cop any bother and he's no trouble. So we're up with tents now frozen! Cold packing, cold breakfast. We get Tucklers' day packs and climb roads back to trail.

Early on , a dog with a pal joins our group. He lasts the entire day. We can't convince him to head home. On our wway back from the rest area, he chases the truck. But the battle continues. It's a nice day without packs. Cold, eventually sun warms us and we end up too hot. Good view to… Continue

Added by Larry Budd on December 12, 2009 at 1:49pm — No Comments

From Canada to Mexico on the Continental Divide Trail: Part 1

6/12

Today I began what may become the greatest challenge of my hiking life.

After a two-hour wait for a ferry that was unable to drop us off, The Across the Roof of America Expedition began its hike of the concept known as the Continental Divide Trail. About 3 p.m. we took phots, then strolled through Waterton, Alberta, in search of the trailhead. After a couple false starts, we found it and hiked up onto the ridge along the west side of Waterton Lake. Alomost immediately we saw a… Continue

Added by Larry Budd on December 12, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Anyone NOBO CDT leaving in mid April?

Hi all,



Wondering if anyone is leaving Columbus NOBO in mid April.



I need some guidance on GPS, guide books, maps (I have Johnathon Ley's CD) and Yogi's book. Yogi tells me she may not have the guide book out until the end of January. I have already purchased the new edition. Just waiting for it to arrive, hopefully in time for me do my trip planning. I wonder if anyone (prior CDT hiker) has an earlier book that I might use until the new one arrives. I will send it back… Continue

Added by Jack Tumbleweed Richardson on December 8, 2009 at 10:17pm — 1 Comment

Member History

Bruce Lahman, the network's newest member, hiked with me in 1987 around Arapahoe Basin near Grand Lake in the Colorado Rockies. You can see a recent photo of him and a picture of him approaching a zig-zagging trail in 1987. That's him in the red pack...

Added by Larry Budd on May 13, 2009 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Member History

Keith Jones, the network's newest member, led me onto the Pacific Crest Trail. You can see how young we looked back then in the original post in this blog.

Added by Larry Budd on February 1, 2009 at 1:53pm — No Comments

This is how my partner and I looked as we embarked on the first of three long-distance hike in 1985. When I finished, I'd hiked the Pacific Crest, Appalachian and Continental Divide Trails. A weekend…



This is how my partner and I looked as we embarked on the first of three long-distance hike in 1985. When I finished, I'd hiked the Pacific Crest, Appalachian and Continental Divide Trails. A weekend backpacker became a person more at home outdoors than indoors .



I'd like to spark discussion of hikes on these trails and others here and… Continue

Added by Larry Budd on January 1, 2009 at 7:42pm — 2 Comments

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