The mountains have been calling me since my last hike on the Continental Divide Trail in 2016 and the call has been getting progressively louder for the past year. So I started looking into hiking the Great Divide Trail. The GDT follows the Continental Divide in Canada and will pick up where I left off in 2012 on the CDT.
The Great Divide Trail traverses the continental divide between Alberta and British Columbia, wandering through the vast wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains for more than 1100 kilometres. It is one of the most spectacular and challenging long‐distance trails on the planet.
The Great Divide Trail is not officially signed and not always even an actual trail, sometimes merely a wilderness route, inspiring modern-day adventurers to walk the same paths of the original explorers to the area. A journey on the Great Divide Trail promises to be demanding but on the GDT you’ll discover a definitive wilderness experience in one of the most magnificent settings on Earth.
The day arrived for me to leave on Wednesday (yesterday) and to my utter embarrassment I discovered at the airport, that my passport was expired. As I mentioned, I’ve been planning this for around a year so I have no excuse, but I just knew that it expired in 2020. I don’t know why I never looked at it; I certainly should have. Of course, I feel exceedingly foolish. That is all water under the bridge now. Flexibility and resourcefulness are indispensable traits that are required on any thru hike; as is the help of others. I’ve just had to dip into the pool a little early this time. With the help of my amazing friends JK and GK, I have a way forward. If not for them I would surely have been a Boat without a paddle. I’ve had to reschedule my flight for Saturday and make an appointment with the US Passport Agency in Atlanta to get a super, expedited passport. If all goes well, I will have passport in hand on Friday afternoon and be ready to go for my Saturday flight. As a result of this little snafu, I’ll be missing the majority of my family reunion in Alberta with the Canadian side of the family. I hope they will forgive me.