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.

Who is this guy?

Hi, my name is Pete and on December 26th, 2011 I looked in the mirror and saw a sad, fat and depressed person staring back at me.  I decided right then, that I would get my butt off the couch and get in shape so I could hike the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail (CDT) that goes from Mexico to Canada.  It would be no easy task.  I weighted almost 300 lbs and I have been suffering from Crohn’s disease most of my life.

I started backpacking about 10 years ago and ever since I first heard of the trail, it has been my dream to hike the CDT.  Why the CDT & why do it?

  •  Because in my view it is the baddest of all the other long trails (AT & PCT)
  •  I love the idea of setting a very difficult goal for myself that will challenge me logistically, mental and financially.
  •  It will beat the procrastination and laziness that I’ve been self imposing on myself since I was a kid out of me.
  • I will lose weight which will make me happier, healthier and help me lead a better life
  • I want to be someone other people and my 7-year-old nephew and other kids can look up to

I also hope to inspire, at least one person, who is sad, fat and depressed to change their life.  I want them to see that you can live the life that you’ve dreamed about living.  I also want to inspire and give hope to other people and especially kids who are suffering with Crohn’s & IBS.  People who suffer from this disease can live a normal life, you can accomplish something like this without having to worry about where the bathroom is all the time.    Technically, I can go where I want on this trip 🙂

In summary, I’m just a ordinary guy with nothing to lose but everything to gain.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!  Please follow my blog here and twitter @Couch2CDT

See you on the trails….

13 thoughts on “Who is this guy?

  1. So exciting! I’m CDT 2014

  2. awesome, good luck, man! found your blog via uncle tom and now i am following!

  3. Good luck! It will be great to live your dream…even when the going gets rough, hang in there!

  4. Do you have a FB Page ? GOOD LUCK There are two other hikers in your area walking – hope you meet them.

  5. I have been dreaming of walking the AT for a few years now, but have always found an excuse. Thank you very much for inspiring me to go live my life! Good luck from Denver.

    • Thanks for the encouragement. You should follow your dream and go hike the AT if that’s what you want to do. Live your dream! Times only ticking by and regret is growing larger.

  6. Good Luck and Thanks for starting a blog. I and my Grandson plan to hike a CDT section in Colorado in July perhaps we will meet.

  7. Slay those personal dragons, Peter–

    By doing this you are not only helping yourself, but all those you meet, and all those they meet from here on out… Happy Ripples!!!

    And Go Team Czech!

    • Personal Dragons be damned! I’m hoping to help and inspire anyone who has a dream. Yes, go Czech! Trying to make my home country proud, thats why they call me the CzechXpress! 🙂

  8. I dream of one day hiking the CDT. Logistically I do not think it is possible. I need to earn $ to help keep the family afloat. I have 2 teenage children with autism who need me. I have three older children and while they are independant, they are having my grandchildren etc and I do not want to be out of their lives for almost half a year. I would miss my husband terribly. I am a 53 year old female…….the reasons why I cannot are endless,….but still I dream. This summer I will do a 10 day solo hike through Glacier National Park along the CTD with a few extras…..I will see then how I can stand up to the solitude.
    I am gonna read through your blog. I wonder how you are doing now. How is it now that the jouney is over. Is life a little bit of a let down, and kinda overwhelming after such an epic adventure? Tell me how you are currently. It is still part of the journey, re-adjusting and all….

    • Hi Jan, Sorry for the late reply, just saw this comment. The CDT was fantastic and I highly recommend to hike it, especially in Glacier. Glacier was in my top 3 places on the CDT if not my 1st. Do what you can do, hike for as long as you can, you won’t regret it. I’m still catching up on my blog posts because its sad to think that when I write my last one thats all over. so sorry to be so far behind. Life after the trail, which I’ll be writing more about soon is difficult. The ‘real’ world is different, your interactions are different and your outlook is completely different. Its very hard to explain but a lot of things seem irrelevant and childish in the ‘real’ world. I think our focus is misplaced in the cities and our over consumption of material things, status and ego cloud the way that people truly want to interact. We’re told how to act, not act the way that we are… if that make sense.
      Have a great time and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, happy to help

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