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Montana group cheap north face steps up to continue Continental Divide Trail work

Posted Dec 01 2012 3:36am
To help complete the Continental Divide Trail, CDT-Montana is building on five decades of grassroots volunteer work and successful collaborations. After the Colorado-based Continental Divide Trail Alliance closed its doors in January 2012, the Montana Wilderness Association saw an opportunity to pick up the slack on the CDT up north. After scrambling to pursue cheap north face grants and funding, a summer project schedule was in place with nearly a dozen volunteer opportunities from Glacier to Yellowstone National Park. Designated in 1978, the CDT is the youngest, longest and wildest of three well-known long distance trails including the Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails. The tri-fecta is informally known as the “Triple Crown” when a hiker travels all three trails. Unlike the AT and PCT, however, the CDT is not complete. As a whole, the completion status sits at roughly 78% and, when comparing all five CDT states (New Mexico, north face uk Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana), the northern section through the latter two states is only 58% complete. But there are big dreams and strong efforts to improve upon these numbers. In 1995, the Colorado-based Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) was formed to be the nonprofit partner to the CDT. But, sadly, CDTA was forced to close its doors in January 2012 as it was unable to meet financial obligations. Rather than seeing this as a failure, the Montana Wilderness Association saw this as an cheap north face jackets opportunity. 



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