Tramping on the Spine of Canada

The Great Divide Trail, Summer 2004


The Great Divide Trail is an ambitious effort to constuct a route following the Continental Divide through the Canadian Rockies. After the glory of last summer on the Pacific Crest Trail, I needed more. I needed Wilderness in my blood just as much as I need oxygen. I needed to return to that state where I did not cling to things, where spiritual development is more important than material gain, where I was surrounded by life and living things rather than expanses of concrete, a place where I could simply be, rather than be Chris Willett. The north beckoned to me with a siren song, luring me to a place I had never been before, even though I knew that I would love it. And I was right. It also broke my heart.

My Experience

Questions and Answers

Location Map

Dealing with Permits

Resupply on the GDT

Personal Updates to the Guidebook

Birdie's Updates to the Guidebook