Well for me Wyoming was the unexpected highlight of the CDT and probably my favourite state. First up there was the Great Divide Basin which I was expecting to be deeply unpleasant, but in actual fact the water / heat / shade situation was much better than we'd experienced in New Mexico. Don't get me wrong, it was baking hot and there was one point where we walked 15 miles without any water, but it was definitely more of a wilderness experience than New Mexico (which just felt a bit barren), it was wild and remote and I actually kind of liked it.
Next up was the Wind River Range, bloody hell this was a picture postcard pretty place! We took slight detour from the CDT over Jackass Pass through the Cirque of the Towers and then out over Texas Pass. Glad we did because that place was amazing. The rest of the range was pretty special too, we clocked up our favourite swim of the CDT at Green Lake in the northern end of the range.
What's that little loop the loop on the map all about?
We had always planned to detour from the official route after the Windies to take in the Grand Teton National Park, the plan was to do it as a continuous South to North route. But my dad & brother came out to visit and thought starting their hike in the Tetons was a bit much, so we continued along the CDT into Yellowstone (as a warm up) then Doubled back and traversed the Tetons from North to South. If you've never been to the Tetons I'd totally recommend it.
After the Tetons my dad hired a car, we ended up getting a lift the equilant milage that we'd just walked in the wrong direction (we were already the last north-bound CDT hikers on the trail and were a bit worried about winter setting in). We got dropped off in Yellowstone National Park and walked a section through to Old Faithfull, watched it blow it's top then we hopped back into the car and finally got dropped off at Lima, where we continued on foot.
1. The Encampment section is Wasn't Born to Follow by The Byrds.
2. The Great Divide Basin Section is Horse with no Name by Neil Young.
3. Southern Wind River is So Long, Lonesome and The Birth and Death of the Day by Explosions in the Sky.
4. Northern Wind River is Harvest Moon by Neil Young.
5. The Togwotee Lodge section is Who Knows Where the Time Goes by Judy Collins.
6. The Grand Teton section is A Song for our Fathers by Explosions in the Sky and White Room by Cream.
7. The Grand Lake section is Feeling Groovy by Simon & Garfunkel.
8. And finally the Yellowstone National Park section is For a Few Dollars More by Ennio Morricone.
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