Pathfinder Newsletter – Winter 2020

winter 2020-pathfinder

This edition of the Pathfinder Newsletter includes articles showcasing GDT hiking, information to help plan your 2020 summer on the GDT – hiking and/or volunteering, plans and goals for the GDT’s future, and an upcoming event announcement. Enjoy!   Trail Building & Maintenance Trips – Call for Volunteers: Trip dates for…

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Blazing the Trail

New GDT marker

Thoughts on Tagging the GDT By Dave Higgins Sure, there are more up-to-date options available nowadays if you want to follow precisely a defined walking route, or track, through untamed spaces between two widely-separated terrestrial points on this planet. For example, you can purchase a highly sophisticated electronic gadget that…

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2019 Thru-Hike Videos

hiker videos

Several amazing videos were made by 2019 GDT thru-hikers.  Here is a list of links to them.  These videos are great watching during the long winter, and when dreaming of next summer on the trail.  Many thanks to all the hikers that made the extra effort during their hike to shoot these videos, and then edit and post…

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Maligne River Swim Adventure

Pristine beauty

by Joan Pendleton This was not supposed to be a swim adventure. It was supposed to be a lovely five day loop on the GDT and one of its scenic alternates. The plan was to hike south from Maligne Lake, up the Maligne River Valley to Maligne Pass on the…

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Winter on the GDT – Assiniboine Escape


by Deborah Yanchula Are you looking for a winter adventure in the mountains and lamenting your hiking boots retired for the season? Mount Assiniboine is the perfect, true winter experience.  Mount Assiniboine is a remote gem, inaccessible by road. It is about 20 km south of Sunshine Ski resort (as…

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GDTA Board of Directors Strategy Session

The GDTA Board and friends

by Donna Rutherford On January 11, Board members, the Organizational Excellence Committee and representatives from other GDTA committees gathered in Bantrel’s comfortable boardroom for some concentrated learning and at times challenging thinking about what makes for a living breathing strategic plan. The retreat was facilitated by Ken Larson of Champion…

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How to Avoid Road-Walking on the GDT

Awesome Barnaby Ridge

AND OTHER TRAIL UPDATES FOR 2020 By Brad Vaillancourt, Dan Durston and Rogier Gruys While there have been many improvements to the GDT other the past few years, there are still several sections of road walking that offer less than appealing hiking experiences, including the West Castle Road in Section…

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Pathfinder Newsletter – Autumn 2019

Pathfinder-Autumn 2019

This edition of the Pathfinder Newsletter includes articles from our AGM, a walk through Section C of the GDT, a summary of the past summer’s maintenance trips and information on the book launch of Tales from the Great Divide. Enjoy!    2019 President’s Report: Another amazing year for the GDTA!  Volunteer Appreciation: A big shout…

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2019 Volunteer Recognition Awards

Left to right: Dave Hockey, Jenny Feick, Wayne Marshall, Dave Higgins

As you may already know the GDTA is a volunteer based organization that relies on the work and passion of people like you. Every year we recognize the efforts of volunteers who go above and beyond to help us achieve our objectives.  Alistair Des Moulins – For representing the GDTA at…

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