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In Silver City, NM, people truly recognize the unique value that the CDT adds to their town. CDT Trail Days 2017 would not be possible without their tireless effort and enthusiasm.

Thanks to Mayor Ken Ladner for issuing a proclamation declaring April 28-30, 2017, to be Trail Days. And congratulations to the Silver High School wrestling team for the proclamation celebrating their recent title! We are proud to be a part of this community.
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We had a full house at the Rockies Ruck this past Saturday. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and to all of our partners who joined us and helped make it a success. A special thank you to everyone who volunteered- you are the true heroes of the day!

ALDHA-West (American Long Distance Hiking Association West), The Colorado Trail Foundation, Backpacker's Pantry, Big Agnes, Honey Stinger, Colorado Aromatics, Deuter, Granite Gear, Gossamer Gear, Katabatic Gear ,Montbell America, Pa'lante Packs, #Ariazoner, Colorado Native Lagers Great Harvest Bread Co. Lakewood CO Einstein Bros Bagels - Denver West
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Don't forget! There is still time to register for the Rockies Ruck! We have an awesome line up of speakers and presenters, and of course, we have our key note presentation- Jean Ella an her 1978 Thru hike of the CDT. But that's not all, along with the great information, breakfast and lunch is provided, plus,our infamous and most awesome gear give away. You will also get to speak to representatives from Backpacker's Pantry, Deuter Katabatic Gear, Gossamer Gear, Granite Gear ,and Pa'lante Packs. Plus, the amazing peer-to-peer learning that always takes place. Come on out and be a part of the day! ... See MoreSee Less

Colorado Rockies Ruck

March 11, 2017, 8:00am - March 11, 2017, 5:00pm

The 3nd Annual Rockies Ruck is a long distance backpacking clinic is designed for anyone interested in doing a long distance hike, especially on the Continental Divide Trail, Colorado Trail, or any other long distance trail. Our presenters are experienced long distance hikers and Triple Crownrecipients. Triple Crown recipients have hiked a minimum of 8,000 miles and completed the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Presenters share from their hard earned adventures and experiences. Plenty of time will be given to talk to and interact with these highly experienced hikers Guest presenter and keynote speaker, Jean Ella, will close the day with and share the story of her 1978 journey on the Continental Divide Trail (and the first women to thru-hike the CDT). Lunch is provided in the registration. CDTC Friends get $10 off registration with this code: 'Rockies2017' Other Topics/activities include: - Trail Nutrition with Aria Zoner - Ultralight gear review with experienced hikers - Lightning, Snow and Bears, Oh My! Dangers in the backcountry - Pack shakedowns - Breakout sessions on CT, CDT, PCT, Teton Crest Trail - CDTC/Aldha-West Infamous Gear Giveaway! - Gossamer Gear, Granite Gear, Back Packers Pantry, Deuter, Montbell, and Kattabatic Quilts will be in attendance to showcase their gear!

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CDTC is lucky enough to call the #AmericanMountaineeringCenter, in Golden,CO, home to our headquarters office. Even cooler is we get to share space with the Colorado Mountain Club! Today, we discovered that on the wall in Scott Robeson's office, the Executive Director of CMC, is what we believe to be one of the original maps of the proposed CDT route. The map was only recently discovered. As we looked at it today, we realized it's probable history (coffee spill and all) and how rare of a find this is to discover. People are unaware of the important role members of the CMC played in the history of the development of the CDT. Many of the CMC members were the folks in the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's who attempted and completed the original walks along the divide, way before a Trail was even considered, and who provided overwhelming support, once it became a reality.

While we have some research to do, it's very possible this map was used to show where the then 'proposed CDT' would go in Colorado and may have been used in public meetings around the state to gather information to determine the feasibility of a national scenic trail along the Continental Divide. This effort provided the basis for the 1976 Study report which determined that "a Continental Divide Trail" was feasible and led to the CDT's designation by Congress in 1978.

Don't worry, we know we need to protect this important piece of Trail history, and the good news is CMC also manages the American Mountaineering Museum, so rest assured, we're taking care to preserve it, now that we know it exists. But how wonderful to discover this as we begin to think about the 40 year history of the CDT and the 50 year history of the entire National Trails System.

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We are very excited to announce the schedule for CDT Trail Days 2017! This year's festival promises to be fun, creative, and engaging for hikers and community members. Mark your calendars and head on down to Silver City, NM, from April 28-30.

To view the full presentation schedule or sign up to volunteer, visit: continentaldividetrail.org/trail-days-2017/
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