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Continental Divide Trail

Dan Feldman’s 2010 Continental Divide Trail Blog.

Starting With C

Our highlight of this particular trail segment was a side trip to the 11,024 ft summit of Cottonwood Peak. We tramped through snow (built a snowman), slid down loose rocks, and took in a fantastic view from the top at lunch. It was a clear day and we could see all the way out to Wyoming’s Grand Tetons as well as much of the Salmon River Valley and westward mountains in Idaho. Check out the pictures section!

Better Watch What You Say!

April and I have joked along the way that we also need to be very careful with our words when we’re hiking. The CDT does not like to be taunted. Nor does it like us to get too full of ourselves.

Do We Have to Leave Helena?

In a few minutes we’re taking the van down to the bakery so April can check out the production there and we’ll be helping Renee with some deliveries around town. We both really loved Helena. It’s a great town and we can’t wait to come back. We never expected to be here for more than buying groceries and now we’ve made some good friends over three days. Part of the journey I guess.

Not the Bees Knees

Forecasting the summer weather must be the easiest job in Montana. If I were in charge of the summer forecast, I’d write …

The Three Bears

The next afternoon we set out on what has been thus far our longest day of climbing on the trail. From the Donahue River (sp?) we had to ascend roughly 2,100ft up to the divide, drop down, then ascend maybe another 800ft or so to clear a pass.

Augusta! (Montana)

She obliged and the man proceeded to prod the old horse with it. This was sufficient to get the horse moving and the man led the horse off the trail and down a small hill, returning April her prodder in the process.