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.