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Welcome to the Continental Divide Trail section of the Atlas Guides blog! This collection of posts features stories from the backbone of America!

Blog Archive: Continental Divide Trail

Browse through our chronological Continental Divide Trail post history or check out the most recent posts to see what’s happening on the CDT right now!

Explore New Alternate Trails in the Gila Wilderness

The CDTC is adding two more trails to the Gila Wilderness alternates, improving safety and reducing overuse.

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A screenshot of the appalachian trail elevation profile in the Guthook Guides app.

Highest & Lowest Points on the PCT/AT/CDT

What are the highest and lowest points on the Triple Crown Trails (Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and Continental Divide Trail)? Find out by taking a look at our elevation profile data.

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Fuel Canister Cap? Or No Cap?

Should you carry the cap that comes with your fuel canister? We describe the reasons you should.

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Embrace the Punctuality: Thru-hiking the CDT on a time-crunch

Dahn thru-hiked the CDT in 95 days in between spending six weeks off-trail at four different weddings.

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(Don’t) Hike for Change featuring Fidgit

Fidgit examines decisions to postpone or cancel a long distance hike through the lens of ancient Central and South American mythology and a 20,000 mile trans-American journey.

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Hikers laying out on a rock.

My (Postponed) Trail Story by Cyclops and McGoober

Chris and Kimberly, a.k.a. Cyclops and McGoober, were getting ready to start their thru-hike on the Continental Divide Trail when they made a hard decision to postpone their hike.

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Six Moons Design Deschutes Zero-G Shelter

Thru-hiking Gear Review – Deschutes Zero-G Shelter

A Triple Crown hiker, explains his decision to bring a Deschutes Zero-G shelter on his 2019 thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail.

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A man standing in the snow with a mountain and trees in the background.

My Trail Story by Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy took a wrong turn in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, walked straight into a forest fire, and shares the story of how he survived.

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A beautiful view of yellow covered mountains.

My Trail Story by Lara Handwerker

After meeting on the Appalachian Trail, this thru-hiking couple got married and decided to hike the Continental Divide Trail for their honeymoon.

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A beautiful view of a lake and a snow-covered mountain.

My Trail Story by Crunchmaster

Trevor Pyke, a.k.a. Crunchmaster, shares how he's come to love thru-hiking and what he learned hiking the PCT, AT, and parts of the CDT.

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A hiker sitting on a rock with the sunset in the background.

My Trail Story by Craig Fowler

Craig Fowler shares his story of how he became a thru-hiker and bikepacker, and how he turned his passions into a full-time project.

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A view of a lake.

My Trail Story by Grizzly

Our new "My Trail Story" series will feature thru-hikers of all ages and backgrounds sharing their personal, real life experiences from the trail. Michael Ivey, otherwise known as Grizzly on the trail, starts us off.

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A graph from the Guthook Guides app showing the steepest climb on the Continental Divide Trail.

What Are the Steepest Climbs on the AT, PCT, and CDT?

I analyzed elevation data to come up with an estimate of the steepest climbs.

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