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CDT Post hike reflections

It’s only been two days since finishing, but I’m already suffering post-hike sadness. I was glad to put down my pack since my back and shoulders were killing me (I hiked the last 50 miles with my hipbelt tightly around my stomach and the shoudler straps...
Mexican Border

Mexican Border

Four border patrol trucks and one helicopter greeted me as we finished the CDT today at the Columbus/Palomas US/Mexico border. We woke in our tent in an arroyo to a beautiful sunrise and I could feel that the trail was almost over. That morning, the desert scenery...
San Lorenzo, NM

San Lorenzo, NM

    “You actually hiking up in that canyon?” asked the local incredulously as we walked, backpacks fully loaded, past the house bordering the edge of McKnight Canyon in Mimbres. “About 30 cop cars just came through. They’re looking...
Doc Campbell’s, NM

Doc Campbell’s, NM

  I spent my birthday in Pie Town, NM–I can’t imagine a better place to spend my 25th than a place specializing in pie. The trail since then has been quite pleasant since then. We’ve spent two very cold nights by the Gila River. locals tell us...
La Ventura Rim Trail, NM

La Ventura Rim Trail, NM

We crossed the lava of El Malpais and camped on the Rim Trail near La Ventana, a natural arch. Right as we crawled into our sleeping bags for the night, we heard a gunshot go off–RIGHT NEXT TO OUR TENT. We packed up quickly and booked out of there....