Hiking the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Northbound in 2013- sharing my preparation for the hike and my day to day experience while I'm on the trail. Inspiring people to follow their dreams.

Here we go



No more need for these

I was sitting at my desk talking with my coworker about the weekend when all of a sudden a bat comes out of nowhere and hits me in the head.  I’m stunned and awakened at the same time wondering what the hell just happened.  Stars invade my eyes, sweat starts to pool on my forehead and my mind is a fog.  What just happened?  That was life bashing me in the head, telling me to stop complaining and to start doing.  My doing was hiking the CDT and here I am.  Today, April 18th I pick up my pack, load up the car and start driving down to Deming, NM to start my journey on the CDT this Saturday.  It can happen just like that.

It’s taken me a year to get to this point.  A year to plan, save and prepare to hike the 3,000 miles across the Spine of America to Canada, where who knows who will show up.  I know it will be me but, definitely not the same me.  Over the last year I’ve gone through so many up and downs along the way.  Over the last 2 months I’ve been challenged, but you know what…  I’m still standing.  I’m still here.  What some people call the “Universe” has not stopped me.  It’s made me do some weaving and bobbing but I’m still standing.

Today when I woke up I took my last shower, made my last breakfast and looked around my living room for the last time.  I dropped my keys on the counter because I won’t need them anymore.  All I will need is my pack on my back, shoes on my feet and a compass to point the way.  Am I scared- hell yes.  Am I excited- most definitely. Do I know that I’m doing the right thing?  YES.  I know I will make it because I have the will and the drive to make it and nothing will stop me.  So here we go.

Now what are you going to do?  You don’t have to do something like hike the CDT but tell me what will you do over the next 5 months that will scare you and make you change?  Write in the comments below and let me hear it.  Say what you are going to do and tell me why.  Sometimes writing it down is all that you need to motivate you.

What will you do???

What will you do???


16 thoughts on “Here we go

  1. I will be following u. Stay strong. I will be interested to hear how you are able to use your Hennessey Hamock in the N.M. terrain!!

    • Thanks for the encouraging words. I won’t be using the Hammock in NM but, will start using it in Colorado. I’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks for following.

      • I read Paul Stuzman’s book “Hiking Through” about hiking the AT and he used a Hennessey Hammock..sounds like a great alternative to a tent..when you have trees. I have read a couple of books about hiking the CDT and they were both great adventures. I hope you have the adventure of a life time!
        you asked us to comment on what we would be doing over the next months..well, in 2 weeks I am flying to Manchester, England to spend 2 wonderful weeks with my daughter and her family. We plan on hiking in the fells(hills) in the Lake District and hike the trail along Hadrian’s Wall. Life is Good!!!!

  2. I turn 55 in early May. I start a seasonal job with Yellowstone National Park just 3 days later. After working in a family business and raising a family, decided it was time to get on with my life and aspirations. I am an outdoor enthusiast and am thrilled for the opportunity to be in Yellowstone for 4 months.

    • Thanks for sharing Susan. I’m so happy that you took a dream you had an put it into action. Your not dreaming anymore, your DOING. Its never to late to get started and you are proving that. Good luck in Yellowstone and send me some pics with updates on how its going. Congratulations!

  3. “When we least expect it, life sends us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back , accept your destiny.”
    – Paulo Coelho
    Whoo-hoo – ACCEPT YOUR DESTINY!!! I’m so happy that you’re taking the challenge – you’re a rockstar!! 🙂

  4. Congratulations and Godspeed! Hiking the wonderland with my 12 y/o this summer and making plans for the JMT for the summer of 2014.

    • Appreciate the kind words. Thats a great age for kids to get some exposure to the outdoors. My nephew is only 7 and I can’t wait to get back and take him out like you are with your kid. The JMT is a great trail I hear. Thanks again and let me know how it goes with your kid this summer… If your near the trail let me know, you can come along for a few days 🙂

  5. Good luck. I’ll be rooting for you.

  6. I’ll be doing my first long distance hike, the john muir trail. Well, not nearly the same as the CDT but it’ll be the longest I’ve spent on the trail 🙂

    Good luck out there!

    • I’m jealous, the JMT I hear is awesome! The pics alone make me want to go do that one. You have a great time out on the trail and keep at it, I know you will do awesome! Send me some pics when your done. Thanks again!

  7. Dude. Steady as she goes… We’re rootin’ for ya, and following along (from our cushy armchairs). 🙂

  8. First, I cannot wait to hear about your journey good luck and keep inspiring us all! For me right now my big goal is my first 14er and then maybe next summer I will start doing backpacking trips. I tend to take the slower road, but I am sure your journey will make me antsy to do more!!!

    • Your awesome, thank you. You keep it up and hike that 14er. I know that you are going to do great. You inspire use with your goal as well and I know you will reach it.

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