Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Aug 18, 2013
Scheduled on Sep 5, 2013
Of the big three long-distance trails in the United States – the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail – the latter is without a doubt the most difficult. It traverses 3,100 miles of the most exposed terrain on the continent. Re-supply points are few and far between and there are sections where hikers have to resort to drinking out of cow troughs for water. Lightning is a constant threat. It’s incredibly remote. About a dozen people a year complete this trail, making it a far more elite accomplishment than the AT, the PCT or even summiting most Himalayan Peaks. Unfortunately, the Continental Divide Trail is under threat. The trail is about 70% complete. The remainder of it is a mish-mash of dirt roads, open fields and bushwhacking. Thanks to oil and gas developments in the west, much of the potential future trail route is threatened. To compound the problem, the Continental Divide Trail gets a tiny fraction of the federal funds allocated to the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. The Continental Divide Trail Coalition will be giving a unique look at the route, and a number of successful thru-hikers will be in the shop telling their story. This presentation is a special look at the most beautiful, challenging and threatened trail in North America.
Show starts at 7:00 PM.