August 2020 Trail and Road Conditions

Racehorse Shoulder

Trail Conditions Update – August 10, 2020 While Alberta and British Columbia continue to cautiously move into the next phases of living with COVID-19, the Great Divide Trail Association is considering what is best for the health and safety of the trail community that we serve. Staying active in the outdoors…

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Call for Board Members

The GDTA Board and friends

Are you an avid hiker, a backpacker who would like to share your passion with others?   Would you like to participate in responsibly creating an iconic Canadian wilderness opportunity?   Do you have 6-10 hours to volunteer each month? The Great Divide Trail traverses the continental divide between Alberta…

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High Rock Trail

High Rock Trail

The new High Rock Trail is open! The GPS track has been posted to our map page where it can be downloaded. The High Rock Trail is currently listed as an alternate route but will become the official main route of the GDT soon. Remember that the trail isn’t actually 100%…

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Amiskwi Ridge Alternate

Amiskwi Ridge

NEW SECTION D ALTERNATE: Amiskwi Ridge. For those who prefer spectacular ridge walking to an active logging road, this alternate is for you! NOBO begin 1.5 km north of Amiskwi Pass by hiking steeply on good trail (+200m over 1 km) to reach Amiskwi Lodge at the tree line, where…

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July 2020 Trail and Road Conditions

Tornado Saddle

Trail Conditions Update – July 27, 2020 While Alberta and British Columbia continue to cautiously move into the next phases of living with COVID-19, the Great Divide Trail Association is considering what is best for the health and safety of the trail community that we serve. Staying active in the outdoors is…

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Pathfinder Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2020

spring-summer 2020

This edition of the Pathfinder Newsletter includes articles showcasing GDT and other wilderness adventures, information to help (re)plan your 2020 summer on the Great Divide – hiking and/or volunteering, announcements, conditions, GDT literature news, and general interest articles. Enjoy!   GDTA COVID-19 Update: An important message from the GDTA regarding the…

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GDTA Charitable Status

Thank you!

By Mary Jane Kreisel The GDTA has Charitable Status! On May 5, the Charities Directorate let us know we are now a registered charity. This means that The Great Divide Trail Association can issue official tax receipts for charitable donations. This is a big step for us and we hope that…

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Tales from the Great Divide

GDTA “Originals” on July 2019 Signature Trip. L – R: Lani Smith, Cliff White, Dave Higgins, Jeff Gruttz (kneeling), Jenny Feick, Mary Jane Kreisel (nee Cox) and Dave Zevick. (Photo by Margaret Dumigan)

Its History, Its Founders, Its First Hilarious Book By Sue L. Blanchard in collaboration with Jenny L. Feick, PhD  The history of the Great Divide Trail and the Great Divide Trail Association is in many ways the story of six young adults with the energy, determination and vision to explore a vast…

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This Summer, Hug a Tree and Listen to the Plants

The GDT’s ideal trail location is on a slope with well-drained soil or a rocky ridgetop. July 2019

By Jenny L. Feick, PhD Every spring, I take great delight in getting reacquainted with my friends in the plant world. This year, especially, with the social distancing required to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, I’ve had to resort to hugging trees instead of embracing my family,…

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Gone Batty

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Summer of 1975, my most frightening and embarrassing hiking moment  by Lani Smith  It was a beautiful calm, warm summer weekend, so we, Glen Byers, Kim O’Brien and myself, gathered at Byers house to plan a weekend hike. Weather looked great, not a cloud in the sky on Friday evening as we made plans to…

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