Conquering the Great Divide Journal Updates

Entry #3: Half way through the Great Divide Trail

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Billy has completed more than half the Great Divide Trail surpassing 350 miles. Billy has covered mountain tops, forested plains, animal encounters, and injury. As challenging as his trail has been, he has been enjoying himself and loving every moment. Lets continue our entry in Banff National Park.

Banff is home to glacier covered pyramid mountain peaks. The trail often navigates to the top of most peaks resulting in challenging glacial passes and rocky scrambling. Billy has described his Banff experience as “Section D was equally beautiful, and extremely difficult. We had days of endless sun, days of rain, days of fighting willows, pine trees, and blowdowns. This section definitely pushed me to my limits mentally, but the views were worth it.”

Billy had the opportunity to navigate the Howse flood plain or continue through a forested pass. To change up the experience, he picked the Howse flood plain. The river system was rough but fun. He crossed multiple rivers in knee deep mud while trying to hold his balance in powerful flowing water.

After crossing the flood plains and a few more peaks. Billy has been nursing an in grow toe injury. He took 3 days off in an ER to help it heal and has since been back on the trail.

 

Entry #2: 275 miles in to The Great Divide Trail

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What do you do when your hiking along the highest points of Canada and the weather is not in your favor? You enjoy yourself and keep on hiking. And that is exactly what Billy has been doing. The past 14 days of hiking have been a whirlwind of experiences including unpredictable weather, meeting new people, and experiencing wildlife only a few ever will.

Billy is officially past the 275 mile marker and approaching the halfway mark each day. The first 10 days of hiking brought pristine and beautiful weather. He is far up north into Canada so the weather is cold but enjoyable. The 10 days brought regular sunshine and new experiences through each hiking day. He squeezed in one day for some rest and relaxation and took a zero day (did not walk on trail) to recover.

The last four days have taken a turn. Each day has involved nonstop rain and cold. Those together are a bad combo. Your gear does not have any chance to dry off and keeping your energy and morale high is hard. Billy on the other hand has been staying high and positive. He is unbeatable. Not even bears can stop him! Can’t wait to see how he does to the half way mark.

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Entry 1: Completing and Enjoying Glacier National Park

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Billy is mobile and started the first portion of his hike on June 27th. He used this time to explore and see as much of Glacier National Park as he could. Considered to be some of the most beautiful areas, Glacier National Park is one of the few areas that are snow covered year round. No matter where you are in the National Park, the main sound that can be heard are the thousands of waterfalls falling off 13,000ft mountains. While in Glacier, he saw all types of wildlife including bears, groundhogs, birds of prey, and moose.

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Billy officially landed on the Great Divide Trail on July 3rd crossing over to the Canadian border. After a day of hiking, he has met some others completing the same hike and had to back track until the trails reopen. They are closed until the season opens in a few days, but this is good because it gives Billy the opportunity to enjoy himself and see more of the area.