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On a aisle as long, high, and alien as the Continental Divide Trail, there is little allowance for accessory errors. For four to six months of walking, CDT thru-hikers acquire a laundry account of apropos that outdistance those of abounding added continued trails: grizzly bears, lightning storms, barrage danger, bare or non-existent trails, continued aliment and baptize carries, weeks at altitude, and angry snowmelt-filled river fords. That is one acumen that while first-time thru-hikers occasionally accomplish it, best delay to accouterment the CDT until they acquire added experience.
Most hikers acquisition the CDT backbreaking on a circadian basis. Aback tired, hungry, and at altitude, hikers generally don’t acquire the backbone to put up with accessory that may be abrading abnormally or isn’t activity properly. The solution: get it appropriate the aboriginal time.
Compared to the Pacific Crest or Appalachian Trails, abounding CDT hikers acquire hardly heavier-duty gear: their picks acquire to be able abundant to handle the New Mexico arid and clump through snow at 14,000 anxiety in Colorado. Still, hikers try to acquire lighter packs to abbreviate the appulse of all that vertical on their back, knees, and joints. Aliment and baptize carries on the CDT can be heavy, too, so ablaze accessory choices advice abate all-embracing haversack weight
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Should you charge to alter gear, apperceive that brick-and-mortar accessory aliment are few and far amid on the CDT, abnormally in the acute aboriginal and aftermost 500 miles. Afore ambience out, CDT hikers should advance a plan to alter accessory like shoes forth the way, finer with the advice of an calm abutment being who can alike shipments.
Your accessory choices may change depending on whether you attack to haversack the accomplished CDT in one push, cast flop, or breach it up in sections over assorted years. Why? Abundant of the aisle is at 12,000 anxiety and depending on which anniversary of the summer you biking through that area, you may hit abysmal snow, rain, bugs, balmy temps, or lightning storms.
More than on any added continued trail, it’s acute that you apperceive how to use your accessory afore you set out. Your best bet is to analysis it out on a different, easier thru-hike; apprentice to set up your covering or assignment your stove after abundant academician power, and you’ll acquire a abundant easier time.
There’s no one best CDT accessory system, but these lightweight, simple picks are a acceptable abode to start.
This is the allotment of accessories that you’ll be application the most, so absorb time acrimonious the appropriate one. A acceptable haversack should fit your body, ride able-bodied aback it’s loaded, and rub or abrade while you walk. On the CDT, I like the Gossamer Accessory Gorilla and its bigger cousin, the Mariposa. Weighing in at aloof two pounds, the Gorilla is fabricated of fabricated of abrasion-resistant 70-denier Robic nylon able with 100-denier bolt (100- and 200-denier appropriately for the Mariposa), and can handle a load. (You’ll charge that ability, too, as you’ll be accretion aliment beyond the Wind River Ambit in Wyoming and snowshoes through Colorado’s San Juans.) Tip: Use a haversack liner like a debris compactor bag to waterproof your gear.
Tarptent Bifold Rainbow (Seth Hughes).
The CDT doesn’t consistently acquire timberline cover, so your apartment should be able abundant to break up during a windy, apparent night on a aerial ridge. For southbound hikers, mosquitoes army in the Anaconda Pintler ambit of Montana; northbounders will appointment them in the Wind River range. And no amount which way you acquire to accouterment the CDT, you’ll apparently absorb a night or added in the snow. The two-person Tarp Covering Bifold Rainbow is a time-tested apartment that provides the advantage and bug aegis of a tent, but the low weight of a tarp. It uses biking poles for a free-standing angle and is a acceptable antithesis of weight, price, and durability. (While there’s a single-person version, best hikers acknowledge accepting the added amplitude for their gear.)
Sleeping Bag or Quilt
Temperatures on the CDT can alter berserk as hikers move their way through seasons and ecosystems. Still, best thru-hikers acquaint me the aforementioned thing: the aisle was colder than they expected. The CDT spends hundreds of afar aloft 10,000 feet, and alike New Mexico, generally anticipation of as the trail’s warmest section, can acquaintance below-freezing temperatures in the bounce and fall. Abounding CDT hikers acquisition a 20-degree sleeping bag or batt to accommodated their needs, but you’ll acceptable appetite to sub it out for article warmer or accompany a liner for the colder stretches. I like the Katabatic Palisade, which is warm, compact, and lightweight, and formed alike in aboriginal June in the albino San Juans. For those attractive for a acceptable casket appearance bag, I thru-hiked the CDT with the Western Mountaineering Ultralite, which has abounding advantage and a awning but weighs beneath than 2 pounds. Acceptable sleeping accoutrements can be expensive, but with care, they can aftermost 10 years or more.
A acceptable sleeping pad isn’t aloof a comfortable bed. It will accumulate you balmy by careful you from the ground, too. To save weight, I like to use a ¾ or kids’ breadth pad. At 10 oz and alone $35, the abbreviate adaptation of the Thermarest Z-lite Sol is an affordable cream pad that is a admired of abounding thru-hikers, abnormally for traveling through cactus country in New Mexico. By the time CDT hikers ability arctic Colorado, some hikers about-face out to the super-insulated NeoAir Xtherm.
ClothingLight Billowy Jacket, Vest, or Fleece
A billowy anorak is an capital allotment of accouterment for every CDT hiker: While the aisle is apparent to the sun during the day, nights can be cold. I like the Montbell Superior Bottomward Parka, which offers a acceptable antithesis of amore to weight in an 8.7-ounce package. Many hikers additionally aces up the bleed Melanzana Microgrid Hoodie in Colorado. This warm-when-wet, wind-resistant band is adapted to the about circadian afternoon thunderstorms that generally hit the aisle in the state.
Afternoon thunderstorms can appear circadian on the Continental Divide, at atomic during assertive months and some states. Hikers generally like to bifold up by bringing both a rain anorak and an umbrella. I like the Continental Divide Aisle Coalition logoed umbrella; its mylar architecture keeps out the sun in New Mexico and the rain in Colorado, and the gain go aback to abutment the trail. At 6.3 oz, it’s a failing bunched advantage that folds accurately into the ancillary pockets of a backpack. For hikers on a budget, it is adamantine to exhausted the failing Frogg Toggs Dri Ducks Ultralite Rain Gear. A hooded rain anorak and pants amount alone $25 and are decidedly breathable and lightweight. Aloof be able to alter them aback the cruise is done, if not earlier.
Carry an added pair, either absolute or quick-drying fabric.. Best hikers adore accepting feature continued sleeve baselayers in colder conditions. Accede bringing an added brace for sleeping.
On a 2000-plus-mile hike, you’re abiding to get a few blisters no amount how acceptable your shoes are. About all CDT hikers out for the continued booty acquire mesh, low-top aisle runners. Alike in the desert, toes clammy from bottom diaphoresis can advance to the affectionate of blisters or abrading that booty bodies off aisle for good. After fording angry creeks, cobweb aisle runners authority baptize beneath readily than boots. Each batter on the bottom is according to at atomic bristles on the back, so a failing shoe can advance to beneath pounding. Still, acquire shoes with abundant abutment and beanbag to accord with the weight of your pack—especially for the best aliment and baptize carries. Although the CDT is a lot to ask of a shoe, for sections with best stretches of clay or pavement alley walking, I like the bendable Altra Olympus 3. For softer-terrained genitalia of the trail, Altra Lone Peaks are a CDT ambler staple. If you apprehend to be cutting snowshoes or traveling for added than a hundred afar on snow, you may be happier switching to a midcut waterproof aisle agent or boot. Apprehend to alter your thru-hiking shoes every 400 miles, abnormally back abounding hikers acquisition their anxiety “grow” up to two-sizes over 2,000 miles.
Since accessory aliment can be few and far amid on the CDT, it’s important to acquire socks that will last. Quality hiking socks will authority up for hundreds of miles, alike aback wet or encrusted in sand. I acquisition the Darn Tough ablaze hikers to fit so able-bodied I can almost feel them, which cuts bottomward on the affectionate of abrading that can advance to hot spots or abrading from clammy footwear. Merino absolute reduces stink, too. Backpack abundant so that you won’t acquire to abrasion yesterday’s wet socks.
First Aid and Emergency Bag
Because the CDT can be so remote, hikers and their admired ones may appetite to accede advance in a Garmin Inreach Mini, a two-way claimed locator beacon. Should snow, fords, or abrasion leave you stranded, the Garmin can be acclimated to activate a ache arresting and get emergency help. Some cable affairs acquiesce hikers to about “text” their admired ones through the Garmin as well, a acceptable way to break in blow on alien sections of the CDT. Downside: the inReach can be expensive, at $450 additional a account cable fee.
Navigation App, Databook, Town Guide, Compass, Watch, Maps
Unlike added trails, the CDT is not consistently marked, alike at intersections. There are still some CDT stretches that acquire no aisle at all and crave cross-country aeronautics skills, and wildfires generally advance hikers off-course. Hikers should backpack cardboard maps and a ambit and appear able with the ability to use them. Best CDT hikers additionally backpack an cyberbanking or app adaptation of aisle maps on their buzz or GPS device. But don’t calculation on electronics as your primary anatomy of aeronautics and accede accustomed a back battery: rain, snow, and the vagaries of accidental adventitious can booty electronics out of agency at the affliction times.
If you’ll be accomplishing austere night hiking, backpack a waterproof headlamp like the Black Diamond Ion. Otherwise, I acclaim the 0.25 ounce Photon Freedom Micro LED keychain, which is ablaze abundant for caliginosity bath breaks. It comes with accessories to use as a hat blow and necklace, too.
Thru-hiking absurd trowels like the Deuce of Spaces counterbalance 0.5 oz and accomplish digging a cathole the easiest allotment of the day. Be abiding to haversack out acclimated toilet paper: The CDT is a anew accepted trail. Don’t let your account be the one that charcoal it for approaching hikers.
If you acquire visions of clear abundance streams dancing in your head, we acquire a abrupt activation for you: Continental Divide Aisle hikers generally end up bubbler out of cow troughs. Sometimes, there are beasts in the trough. Sometimes, those beasts acquire done the absurd in the trough. And sometimes, that’s the alone baptize for afar in any direction.
With that in mind, a acceptable baptize clarify is a must. I like the Sawyer Squeeze, which calmly screws assimilate a Smartwater canteen or can be acclimated as an inline clarify with a corrupt and float hydration system. Its ablaze weight and continued activity (a actor gallons!) accomplish it a near-ubiquitous best amid thru-hikers. It comes with a syringe to advice apple-pie out band from central the filter. Best hikers run the affliction baptize through a bandanna aboriginal afore treating, while added hikers backpack actinic analysis to use as a backup.
Stove and Cook Kit
Fire crisis is aerial in the west during summer months, and some hikers acquire to go stoveless. If you like a hot meal or balmy coffee in the morning, go with a failing brazier stove.
The CDT campaign through grizzly buck country for 1,000 miles. Some National Parks will absolutely crave you to break in accustomed campgrounds with buck poles, while others may crave you to use a canister. Aback neither is required, I like the Ursack Major XL buck bag, which holds 15 liters of aliment and weighs 8.7 oz. Paired with an OPSak odorproof aliment bag, it is lighter and beneath beefy than a buck can and saves CDT hikers the affliction of accepting to adhere aliment through grizzly country.
Most hikers will charge to alter aisle active shoes every 400 miles. For first-time thru-hikers, I admonish starting the CDT with a brace of shoes that you’ve beat in and trust, but haven’t acclimated too much. If that brace formed out, aback you’re 300 afar into your trip, use the internet to adjustment yourself a new brace and acquire it mailed to a column appointment abreast the 400-mile mark of your trek. (Note that column offices can’t acquire bales from UPS or added commitment services.) If your aboriginal brace didn’t assignment out, acquisition a accessory abundance abreast the aisle and try on added pairs, or admeasurement up. Be able to acquire to about-face shoes out frequently until you acquisition your dream shoe.