Last year I tried to thru-hike the CDT (Continental Divide Trail) but decided to quit after I got to Wyoming (Encampment to be exact). But now I am back!
There were a few different reasons for making that decision, but the bottom line is that I just didn’t enjoy myself enough to spend the time/money on trail – and after I got the green light from my boss to get another leave, if I regret my decision, it felt like the right thing to do.
Now, almost a year later, I still don’t regret my decision, but I do long for the trail again, SO I will go back and complete the CDT this year (2023)
My plan is to fly to Denver, CO where I will probably stay for a day while I resupply, and then get a ride to Rabbit Ear Pass near Steamboat Springs, where I will then start my journey.
I remember the section from Steamboat Springs to Encampment being pretty chill and not too difficult (have to watch my own videos again) so that will be a nice warm up before I hit the Basin where I might have to do some big mile days depending on the water situation etc.
I will be going alone this time around, as I don’t know anyone on trail this year (at least I don’t think I do). But now I am prepared for that, so it’s probably not going to be a problem – I will probably be ahead of the hiker bubble if there isn’t too many fire closures this year, but as always there will still be some people on trail.
On July 2 (or 3. maybe) I will start part 2 of my CDT journey towards Canada, but this time around I will NOT be uploading Daily videos while on trail. I will still film as before, but I will not be uploading anything until I get back home again.
Editing and uploading videos while on trail has been way too stressfull and time consuming, so this time around I will try to just enjoy myself more and not have to worry about the videos.
I will still be uploading pictures to Instagram (@Trailhunger_dk) so be sure to follow if you want to see those.