A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
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Gregory Topf
(notoriousGRT) - MLife

Locale: PNW / Switzerland
way to rock it Dave C on 04/06/2011 15:04:40 MDT Print View

Yearning to get back there am I after reading that one.

Anne Flueckiger
(annefluke)

Locale: northern Minnesota
Wow (from an old friend) on 04/07/2011 08:47:08 MDT Print View

It's especially cool to see this b/c David's father and my father were colleagues & close friends (who unfortunately both died way too young). Haven't seen David for about 20 years, but hope to catch up sometime when I'm in Montana. Thank for the essay!

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: Wow on 04/07/2011 10:15:41 MDT Print View

Hey Anne! Our surnames make us somewhat conspicuous, eh? PM me if/when you're around, it'd be great to catch up.

Nice job in the Arrowhead, btw.

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Really enjoyed your article and pics on 04/07/2011 20:34:13 MDT Print View

Great job, captured the moods of the seasons, which is so much of hiking. Amazing how a place you think you know changes by season into something barely recognizable.

I really enjoyed your pics, and at the expense of being a camera nerd, can you speak to the photo equipment you drag into the wild....

Thank you. The Divide is next on my list....

Dirk

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
cameras on 04/07/2011 21:47:45 MDT Print View

All but the photo of Kevin were taken with a Canon S90 shooting jpeg. The shot of Kevin was with a $50 Insignia from Best Buy.

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Thanks! on 04/08/2011 01:30:11 MDT Print View

Thank you answering my question. Again, great job!

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
I love Tuesdays! on 04/08/2011 20:34:55 MDT Print View

Even if I can't read the story(s) until Friday! David, well written and very interesting. Hope to see more of your work here.

Kathy A Handyside
(earlymusicus) - M

Locale: Southeastern Michigan
A Country Divided: The CDT on 04/11/2011 09:05:36 MDT Print View

Beautiful and inspiring photo essay!

I am in awe of all of you who can do such trips! The CDT is, at the moment, something way out of my league. I can't wait to start honing my skills, and relearning old skills on shorter trails so that someday I can attempt the CDT. The photos helped me feel both the beauty and the awesome powerful size of the CDT. Thank you!

Kathy A Handyside
(earlymusicus) - M

Locale: Southeastern Michigan
A Country Divided: The CDT on 04/11/2011 09:06:52 MDT Print View

It expands my soul.

Kathy A Handyside
(earlymusicus) - M

Locale: Southeastern Michigan
A Country Divided: The CDT on 04/11/2011 09:17:34 MDT Print View

I think we humans need such areas to in order to keep our hubris in check, and to remind us of our proper place in the scheme of things. We are a part, not apart, and certainly not above, the Earth.

I remember on solo on my Outward Bound trip (in Canyonlands), how I was struck by a paradox that occurred to me, as I was hurrying to set up my little shelter before a storm moved in. The paradox was this: the environment is at the same harsh (it can kill us), but fragile (humankind so easily destroy it); demanding of me, yet indifferent to me and my fears. I looked around at the huge, overwhelming size of the wilderness I was in, and thought, "It is so big, and I'm so little."

It was a very humbling experience.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: CDT skills on 04/11/2011 14:50:21 MDT Print View

Thanks Kathy! Very happy to inspire, that's the highest aim.

I don't think that places like Yellowstone and especially Glacier are out many people's reach, skill wise (at least in June-September). The skills end is at least as much mental as physical, anyway.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail on 04/13/2011 04:20:20 MDT Print View

Great piece, Dave, enjoyed it immensely and makes me yearn for visiting this fine area. One day, maybe.