CDT Thru Hike: New Mexico Part Three

When we left Silver City for the second time we got a ride back to the same trailhead from which we’d hiked north a few days earlier. Not too far south of there, maybe half a day or so, the landscape started opening up into the vast, exposed desert we would be enduring for theContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: New Mexico Part Three”

CDT Thru Hike: New Mexico Part Two

Heading south out of Grants, hikers have several possible routes from which to choose. Truthfully, I don’t remember which line we were on, but there was a lot of road walking. Without going into too much detail, it was also in this stretch between Grants and Pie Town that about half of us ended upContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: New Mexico Part Two”

CDT Thru Hike: New Mexico Part One

The Colorado / New Mexico border is kind of an odd one for many southbound hikers. After Pagosa Springs, CO, the next town most hikers aim for is Chama, NM. What’s odd about this is that the easiest place to get into Chama from the CDT is a highway crossing that’s still in Colorado. SoContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: New Mexico Part One”

CDT Thru Hike: Colorado Part Two

Getting back on trail after our few days visiting friends in Denver felt like a fire being lit underneath us. Up until this point we’d had the Denver plans somewhat guiding our pace, but once that visit was behind us it was time to get our act together and make miles to wrap up theContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: Colorado Part Two”

CDT Thru Hike: Colorado Part One

Hello again! Whew, it’s been a while, I know. Somewhere back around Southern Colorado / Northern New Mexico I finally accepted that posting as regularly as I wanted to just wasn’t going to happen for a number of reasons. A lot has happened since our last post on the Great Divide Basin, for starters we’veContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: Colorado Part One”

CDT Thru Hike: Great Divide Basin

“The basin,” the CDT section through Southern Wyoming dreaded by many hikers. Some of the most exposed miles and longest water carries on trail. Personally, I was kind of looking forward to going through it. The trail had felt a little softer than we expected and we were both feeling ready for a fresh setContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: Great Divide Basin”

CDT Thru Hike: Wind River Range

Hi everyone, since we’re a little behind on the updates we’re going to jump ahead a bit here and go straight to the Wind River Range. We have a lot to catch you up on, but of all the sections we could skim over this is not the one. This particular range, “the winds” asContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: Wind River Range”

CDT Thru Hike: Yellowstone National Park

A few weeks ago we celebrated two trail milestones, we reached Yellowstone National Park and while we were there we crossed the state line into Wyoming. We entered the park by way of a beautiful ridge trail. This trail was one of my favorites so far, and luckily for us we had great weather forContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: Yellowstone National Park”

CDT Thru Hike: Helena to Butte and the Big Sky Alternate

As mentioned in our last post, Helena was our first zero since getting on trail back in June. Normally the goal of a zero, aside from getting town chores done, is to stay off your feet and give your body a break. We didn’t really do that as much as we probably should have, butContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: Helena to Butte and the Big Sky Alternate”

CDT Thru Hike: Benchmark to Helena

One of our favorite sections of the trail so far was shortly after leaving the Bob. In this stretch the trail passes through the Scapegoat Wilderness, a beautiful area, but unfortunately for us it was also one of the smokiest due to the wildfires to the west. The day we were on the most incredibleContinue reading “CDT Thru Hike: Benchmark to Helena”