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Mountains are cathedrals grand and pure and I approach them as a man goes to worship. From the vantage of their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future, and with unusual clarity, experience the present. The struggle to climb renews my strength and clears my vision. In the mountains I celebrate creation and on each journey I am reborn. - Anatoli Boukreev

About the Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is history in the making; 3,100 miles of trails, dirt roads, and cross country navigation from Mexico to Canada. It is often referred to as the Ph. D. of thru-hiking and the unofficial motto of the CDT is "Embrace The Brutality." The CDT is approximately 85% complete, so part of the adventure is navigating through some of the most remote and desolate country that still exists in the United States. Following the Continental Divide along the Rocky Mountains, it traverses five U.S. states: New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. The CDT is considered one of the greatest wilderness conservation efforts in US History and is a living museum of the American West.

A few hundred people a year attempt to hike the entire trail. In 2015, forty seven people reported a successful thru-hike. The Continental Divide Trail along with the Appalachian Trail (AT) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) are the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking in the United States. The CDT is the longest and is considered by many the hardest, wildest, and loneliest of the three trails.

About Me​

I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters and my heart aches when I think about how empty my life would be without them. I have loving parents and a brother whose talent and determination I greatly admire. I have wonderful friends and have been blessed in my career, health, and finances. I have so much to be thankful for, including the opportunity to pursue my passion to hike.

I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014. You can read about the adventure HERE. Prior to the PCT, hiking was a hobby; something reserved for weekends and vacations, but hiking the PCT for five months changed my life forever. The CDT is longer, spends more time at high altitude, has more elevation change, and requires serious route-finding skills. The weather is unpredictable, water sources are unreliable, people are scarce and wildlife is abundant. Sounds like some serious fun...right?

I attempted to hike the Continental Divide Trail in 2016, but left the trail in New Mexico. I was not emotionally prepared for the solitude nor mentally prepared for the daily challenges which require flexibility, commitment and a willingness to suffer. I've had a year to prepare for a second attempt, and hope I am now ready to face these difficulties and experience the freedom, joy, and beauty that God’s creation offers to those who accept the challenge and make the effort.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. - Genesis 1:1, 31