I will be hiking the Great Divide Trail in the summer of 2021. The trail is approximately 1200km (750 miles) and is a continuation of the Continental Divide Trail in the U.S., which starts at the U.S./Mexico border and ends at the Canadian border. The Great Divide Trail (GDT) and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) follow the actual divide of the North American continent, with water on the west side eventually making its way to the Pacific and the east going to the Prairies and Great Basin.
The Great Divide Trail Southern Terminus is on the U.S./Canadian border in Waterton Lakes National Park. From there it follows the divide through the Rockies for 1200km and ends northwest of Jasper National Park in Kakwa Provincial Park in B.C. With over 135,000 feet of vertical gain and over 100km (60 miles) off trail, I expect it to take between 45 and 50 days.
I was invited to be a blogger for the largest backpacking website to share my journey, TheTrek.co . I will be linking my posts on this website so you can follow along with the journey.
In addition to the Great Divide Trail I will also be doing several training hikes in the late spring to achieve my goal of 2000km. I have my eyes set on the Sunshine Coast Trail 183km, several weekend trips in the 50km ballpark and hopefully some route-finding trips if the snow level is low enough before embarking on the GDT.
I will also be carrying an InReach GPS tracking device that will log my track and current location during the hike, from this track the kilometres travelled will be calculated and coordinated with PledgeIt.org to calculate the pledge based donations.