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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Her Odyssey: Introduction

Volcanoes Along the Greater Patagonian Trail

by Bethany Hughes and Lauren Reed The women of Her Odyssey, Bethany ‘Fidgit’ Hughes and Lauren ‘Neon’ Reed, are in the midst of a multi-year endeavor to travel the length of the Americas by non-motorized means. Their aim is to connect the stories of the land and its inhabitants, and…

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June 2020 Trail and Road Conditions

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Trail Conditions Update – June 29, 2020 While Alberta and British Columbia 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. With provincial and national parks re-opened, staying…

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Spring 2020 Trail and Road Conditions

Naiset Huts at Mt. Assiniboine

While Alberta and British Columbia 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. With provincial and national parks re-opening, staying active in the outdoors is an…

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Important COVID-19 Message

While Alberta and British Columbia 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. With provincial and national parks re-opening, staying active in the outdoors is an…

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Pathfinder Newsletter – Winter 2020

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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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