Pathfinder Newsletter – Winter 2023

This edition of the Pathfinder Newsletter summarizes the recent Trail Supporter Campaign and thanks all who participated in it. Additionally, it showcases adventures on the GDT, planning information for this summer, trail crew fun, healthy hiking, and special interest topics. Enjoy!  

  1. 2022 Trail Supporter Campaign Thank You: A much appreciated donor response!
  2. 2023 Trail Building & Maintenance – Call for Volunteers: Trip dates for 2023 are now available and we need you!
  3. GDT Route Updates for 2023: Route changes and other information for planning your hike.
  4. What is the Great Divide Trail Signature Trip?  This unique trail crew experience explained.
  5. High Route Extension on the Great Divide: Why stop at Kakwa Lake when the GDR goes to Monkman Provincial Park, another 195 km north.
  6. GDT Horseback Adventure: Captivating photo and video story of maybe the first GDT thru-ride. Quite a challenge through beautiful wild country.
  7. Reflections on Sections F and G: These sections are different, unique in their remoteness and opportunities for trail and bridge work.
  8. Walk Into Well-being, the Health Benefits of Hiking in Nature: Overwhelming contributions to good health from hiking, are explained.
  9. Opinions on the Benefits of Hiking from Tales from the Great Divide: Historical discussion snippets on support for non-motorized outdoor play.
  10. The Slow Way – 50yrs (and counting) to Complete the GDT: Starting in 1972, Peter is still out there hiking the GDT.
  11. Trail Work – The Most Fun You Can Have If You’re Not Thru-Hiking: Thru-hiker joins trail crew, ends up flagging new route for future hikers.
  12. Backpacker’s Best Burrito Bowl Recipe: Add some home-cooked variety to your trail meals with this yummy burrito bowl.
What’s NewHigh Rock Trail –  The First Two Years Building It in Videos
From his archives, courtesy of Brad Vaillancourt, a long time GDTA volunteer, 2016 and 2017 trail crew videos are now on the GDTA’s YouTube Channel: High Rock Trail 2016 and High Rock Trail 2017
Save the Dates:

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 7pm MST – Women’s Webinar
Do you have questions about hiking as a woman? Here’s a webinar for women, all about preparing for your first solo backpack or first backpack, safety, gear, and hygiene. Whether you are going out for a day hike or a thru-hike this summer come join us!

Location:  Virtual.  Details and registration here.
Thursday, March 9, 2023, 7pm MST – Risk Management Webinar
Fires, river crossings and snow. Three of the staple hazards hikers encounter in the Rockies. Join us as we talk about strategies to mitigate risk and tips on how to choose the best route or option given these circumstances. We will also be talking about common sections of the GDT where last-minute changes may take place depending on the weather, how to adjust and what the options are.

Location:  Virtual.  Details and registration here.
Thursday, June 8, 2023 – Premier of “Out There”: Great Divide Trail Documentary by Wilderland Media

“Out There” tells the story of the Great Divide Trail. Travel with us through Canada’s pristine wilderness and wildlife corridors and experience the beating heart and soul of the GDT Community. This journey will truly take you out there.

Location:  Globe Theatre, Calgary, Alberta 
Time:  June 8, 6:30pm-9:30pm MT

See GDTA website closer to the date for ticketing details.

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