Great Divide Trail: Field to The Crossing

 

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Le French Wedge
  • 3 days, 70 miles
  • An infamous section known for its overgrowth and blow downs
  • Challenges: ~50 miles of overgrowth and blow downs, breaking up spiderwebs with your face, crossing the swift Lambe Creek, 1 mile per hour progress, mental drain from trying to keep track of the trail, David Thompson Heritage Trail, very small and expensive resupply store at The Crossing (should have sent a box! Spent $200 on junk food), tourists at The Crossing
  • Highlights: mellow elevation change, wild strawberries, blueberries, and thimble berries, remoteness, stunning scenery, Howse River floodplain, yelling out obscenities, having a partner to crack jokes with
  • If I hiked the GDT again, would I do this section? Let me think about it…
  • If you want a room at The Crossing, get there earlier in the day. Good breakfast buffet at the restaurant!
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Just like one of the early North American explorers, except I have Doritos and MP3s
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David Thompson Heritage Trail
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Crossing Cairnes Creek made easier by downed trees
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Your feet will be perpetually wet for 700 miles
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Smiling just before the real shit show on Day 3
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Emerging onto the Howse floodplain was such a relief
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The route stayed in the forest, but we decided to walk the Howse floodplain instead and cross it’s many braids
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~4 miles of good trail before the road into Saskatchewan Crossing

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