Pathfinder Newsletter

Below are current articles in our Pathfinder Newsletter as well as previous editions. Enjoy!

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Identifying Tracks in the Snow

By Jenny L. Feick, PhD   Snow provides a blank canvas for the artistry of wildlife tracks Figuring out which creatures are sharing their home turf with you while you are passing through an area can provide an interesting diversion from cold oatmeal, blisters and fixing broken gear.  Winter snow…

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Committee Corner Winter 2021

Committee Corner is where one finds news about what various committees are working on.  Sharing news is voluntary and committees are busy, so may not always find time to share news.  We hope committee participation grows over time.  Thank you to the committees that sent news on such short notice.…

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Our Amazing Donors

By Mary Jane Kreisel Last June, I wrote an article in the Pathfinder about our newly registered charitable status and how donations could support the GDTA’s work.  I am writing now to update you on the progress of our donation program and its impact on the GDTA over the last…

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Your GDT Hike

By Charlene Deck The Great Divide Trail offers an unparalleled wilderness experience thanks to the numerous national parks, provincial parks, and wilderness areas through which it passes, but it requires more challenging trip planning logistics than most other long-distance trails. So where should you begin?   1.    Start with a…

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Pathfinder Newsletter – Autumn 2020

This edition of the Pathfinder Newsletter includes articles showcasing adventures on the GDT, accomplishments this year, volunteer recognition, trees of the Great Divide, and the GDTA Board going into the future. Enjoy!   2020 President’s Report: It’s amazing what we’ve achieved this year! Volunteer Appreciation: A big shout out to our…

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2020 Changes to the GDTA Board

By Doug Whiteside  GDTA By-Laws Changes  Despite COVID-19, 2020 has been a busy and productive year. In addition to obtaining charitable status and opening the High Rock Trail, the Board has spent a significant amount of time reviewing the GDTA’s administrative challenges. Two key areas were examined:   The GDTA’s organizational structure  The Board’s…

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Movement is My Medicine

By Clara Hughes I’ve spent recent years walking thousands of miles on trails in America, always leaving the magnificent setting of our home in the Bow Valley. Routes like the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, Arizona Trails, as well as more obscure and less linear walks like the Grand Enchantment,…

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The Lovely Larch – Coolest Tree on the GDT

By Jenny L. Feick, PhD  Every September, thousands of people make the pilgrimage up into the high subalpine reaches of the Rocky Mountains to take delight in the bright yellow hues of a curious conifer, the subalpine larch (Larix lyallii). Unlike other cone-bearing trees, which are evergreens, larches are deciduous like poplars, aspens, and…

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Tales from the Trail: Section G – Kakwa to Robson

One Epic Adventure!  By Barb Lauer  After completing the easiest section of the GDT last summer (section C, Field to Kananaskis), this summer Lynnie and I tackled the most challenging section, section G, SOBO from Kakwa to Mt Robson. An amazing achievement that would not have been possible without the help of Dustin Lynx.    Section G is a very difficult section and should…

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