Trail Journals

Learn about the GDT by reading journals and viewing photos of other hikers’ adventures on the Great Divide…

Joanna Runs – Joanna Ford’s 2020 thru-hike/run.

Millennial Mountaineer – Brian and Krysta Norwick’s 2020 thru-hike.

On the GDT, I settled into the simplicity of the life of a thru-hiker. I felt at peace. I felt deeply happy.

Northern Wilderness: A 2019 Thru-Hike on the Great Divide Trail by Daniel and Elaine Vardamis

Mik Turje‘s 2019 thru-hike.

Paul Magnanti’s Quick and Dirty Guide to the GDT based on his 2018 thru-hike.

I savored the experience of the GDT and count it among one of my better choices made in life.


Natasha Philibert-Palmer‘s 2018 thru-hike.

Double Step – Nicola Winter’s 2018 thru-hike.

Christy “Rockin” Rosander and Nancy “Why Not” Huber‘s 2018 thru-hike.

Into the Wild Divide and Into Cascadia – Tara and Dan Durston’s 2017 Yo-Yo thru-hike.

This trail was so much more than I could ever have imagined! More wild. More scenic. More difficult. More sacred. MORE WONDERFUL.


Over the Divide  – Jeanine Hoffart’s 2017 thru-hike.

Buck-30 on the Great Divide Trail – Brian Tanzman’s 2016 thru-hike.

Walking With Wired – Erin “Wired” Saver’s 2015 thru-hike.

It is a one of a kind trail unique from others in its remoteness, challenging terrain, weather, and rewarding scenery. It was all worth the challenges and is now my favorite trail. What a journey!


A Door Step Adventure – Alberta boys, Jake Alleyne and Liam Harrap 252-day, 5,507-kilometre journey from Jasper to Mexico on the Great Divide in 2014.

How does one pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you realize there is no going back. There are some adventures that go too deep that have taken hold.


Spiff, Six and the Great Divide Trail – Alex Karpoff and Sye Laird’s 2012 thru-hike.

Jellybean’s GDT Journal – Jeannie Zortman’s 2012 thru-hike.

This is an amazing trail! I highly recommend it.



Tips and Tales from Cam Honan’s 2011 GDT thru-hike.

Uniformly jaw dropping vistas from start to finish…  perhaps the most scenically impressive of the Long Walks. 


Canadoug’s GDT Journal – Doug Borthwick’s 2010 thru-hike.

Spirit Eagle – Jim and Ginny Owen’s 2007 thru-hike.

The Great Divide Trail is beautiful, remote and very challenging. It is, in theory, what some thruhikers want in a trail.

Great Divide Trail: Kananaskis Lakes to Field – Steph Durocher’s 2005 section hike.

Tramping on the Spine of Canada – Chris Willett’s 2004 thru-hike.


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