“One foot in front of the other. Through leaves, over bridges.” –K.V.
This is a blog. This is a blog about thru hiking. This is a blog about thru hiking the Continental Divide Trail and Pacific Northwest Trail. This is my first blog and my first blog about thru hiking. This is a blog with all my thoughts in it. La la la la la la la.
My name is Ryan. Hello! I have hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, in addition to a lot of other meandering out in the woods for days and weeks at a time. This year I will attempt the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Northwest Trail. I aim to complete the Triple Crown of long distance hiking, and then some. I will be blogging (theverylongfuse.wordpress.com) and taking photos (@embracethebrewtality) along the way and I invite you to join me by reading, posting your comments and liking my photos if you like them.
I plan to depart on the CDT from Antelope Wells or Crazy Cook in early April, traversing New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. On foot. Estimated mileage ~2800 miles. If all goes according to plan Nothing goes according to plan, but assuming its not apocalyptically effed up out in the San Juans/Rockies I will reach the Montana/Alberta border by Labor Day at the very, very latest.
Then I’ll do a westward about face and hike back via the Pacific Northwest Trail over NW Montana, the Idaho panhandle and across the entire state of Washington. With any luck I will finish at Cape Alava on the Olympic Coast by mid October.
Estimated total mileage: 4,000 miles. 6ish months. 25 miles a day roughly affords me a handful of zeros. There will be 12 mile snow days. There will be high 30s from before sun up to well past dark. There will be way-finding and backtracking and a lot of letting go of feeling like I need to know where I am. There will be snow that has fallen and is falling. There will be long dry stretches and there will be days where there is *all the water* with wet cold feet and knee high fords and miles on end in the rain. There will likely be fire to contend with/walk around. There will be peaks and there will be valleys. There will be friends that are missed and friends that will visit. There will be beer. Oh, there will be beer.
So, I invite you to follow me along the way the next few weeks until I start. There will be some musings on former hikes and I will share my preparation for these two thru hikes. I will talk about gear I will and won’t be carrying. I will talk about the awesome people who are helping me to make this happen. I’ll post some quotes and poems and things I find to be worth thinking about. My next post will likely be a write up on the resources and information other people have posted on the CDT/PNT that are incredibly helpful. I invite your feedback. I very much look forward to sharing this trip with the interwebs.
Thank you for checking out my blog and stay tuned for the next episode.
 Planning a second thru hike as an addendum to a thru hike not yet started breaks a cardinal rule of thru hiking: Keep your eyes on the prize. A lot of miles lay between the CDT and the PNT. It is my utmost confident feeling that I will complete both hikes. (The attitude you have going into a hike(s) (sic) is ultimately important. When you know you can, you will walk from here to there. That said, saying that carries about as much weight as Scott Jurek while supported-FNT’ing the AT. Thru hiking is about doing.) I will be writing content for this site as I prepare for the hike but I will primarily blog during these hikes and talk about each trail individually and with great humility for their difficulties until then. Stay with me and pay attention to verb tense. It will be exciting to see if’s replaced with when’s, “I plan” turning to “I am,” and talking made kinetic qua walking.
 There is not yet a set mileage on the CDT. Unlike the white-blazed every .10 mile AT and the comparatively navigable PCT, the CDT is a choose your own adventure of trail and loosely connected footpaths, dirt roads (a euphemism in some places, apparently), overland trekking, ridge walking and generally being lowercase lost until you get to Canada without dying. Therefore, #ymmv and days can be measured in hours of hiking/average hiking speed and tallying waypoints for at best approximate distance covered.