Pathfinder Newsletter – Summer 2017

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Canada is celebrating its 150th year and the GDTA is celebrating another trail building season in the Canadian Rocky Mountains! The arrival of summer also brings the beginning of the 2017 hiking season on the Great Divide Trail. Determined thru-hikers are already beginning their adventures South to North (and back …

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GDTA Crew Leaders Training

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By Jeff Gruttz Sure, we all ‘know’ trails BUT are our volunteers fully cognizant of how sustainable trails are built and maintained? When our focus is enjoying the scenery or getting to the next campsite it’s not an easy task to understand how those ‘been there forever’ trails were constructed. …

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July 2017 Trail and Road Conditions

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Trail Conditions Update – July 20, 2017 Summer is in full swing on the Great Divide which means alpine wildflowers are blooming and wildfires are burning in some areas! Wildfire smoke is occurring along much of the GDT and is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility. Read wildfire updates regularly and …

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June 2017 Trail and Road Conditions

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Trail Conditions Update – June 26, 2017 It’s transition time on the GDT and wildflowers are starting to bloom! Valley bottom trails at lower elevations vary from bare and dry to wet and muddy, while trails at higher elevation are still snow covered. With warmer weather, trail conditions can change …

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GDT Route Updates for 2017

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Effective immediately, the GDTA is announcing a couple changes to the main route of the GDT as well as a two fantastic new alternate routes that will appear in Dustin Lynx’s forthcoming 3rd edition of his guidebook (expected to be released in early 2018). These new routes are all reflected in …

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Pathfinder Newsletter – Spring 2017

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Happy Spring from the Great Divide Trail Association. We’re very excited about this upcoming summer and trail building and maintenance season. There is plenty of opportunity to connect with the wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and contribute to the protection, promotion and maintenance of the Great Divide Trail. This …

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Spring 2017 Trail and Road Conditions Update

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Trail Conditions Update – May 1, 2017 Spring is in the air! This is transition time on the GDT. Valley bottom trails at lower elevations vary from bare and muddy to slushy and icy, while trails at higher elevation remain snowbound. With warmer weather, trail conditions can change quickly, from …

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Charlie Russell talks at Sold Out GDTA Fundraiser

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Charlie Russell spoke to a sold out crowd of hiking enthusiasts, GDTA supporters, Girl Guides, Scouts at the John Dutton theatre in Calgary on March 21st.    Charlie Russell has spent the better part of 55 years studying and living with grizzlies and his philosophy boils down to: “They (grizzly bears) …

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Pathfinder Newsletter – Winter 2017

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The trail may be sleeping all snug under it’s winter coat, but the GDTA is busy as ever and has some exciting news to share in this Winter edition of the Pathfinder Newsletter, including: The release of our Trail Maintenance Trip Schedule and Call for Volunteers Setting of our 2017 …

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Backcountry Kitchen

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Let’s Get Dehydrated! By: Shannon Budesilic Any back-country dehydrating enthusiasts out there? This weekend, I managed to dehydrate some beautiful kiwi (little green, sweet gems) and some saskatoons and cranberries. The saskatoons, being a little dry already, turned out a little like saska-raisins, which are cool little blue shriveled things …

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