Ok, the CDTC Indiegogo Campaign is over and was a GREAT success. The CDTC (Continental Divide Trail Coalition) raised almost $37,000 ($2,000 more than their goal) but………… that does not mean that it is now time to stop supporting the Continental Divide Trail or the CDTC.
There are still many opportunities to support the CDTC and their work and vision for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) as well as the businesses and individuals who support hikers along the CDNST. Through the CDTC and various agencies you can show your support through: Volunteer Maintenance Days (events calendar), by Becoming a Member of the CDTC, supporting Agency Projects Affecting the CDNST, taking part in the Flat Stanley on the CDT Adventure program, and by Making a Donation to the CDTC.
Outside of the CDTC there are many businesses and hostels on or near the CDNST that welcome hikers to their establishments and strive to make hikers feel welcome by providing camping sites (many times at no cost), resupply, entertainment, dining, a place to rest (and shower), laundry facilities, shuttle services, advice (many hostel owners are former CDT thru hikers) and a chance to talk to and share experiences, stories and laughter with other hikers. All of us at some point need to take a zero day and these folks can help you out with that.
There are also opportunities available to individuals to assist hikers by becoming a Trail Angel. Many of the resupply points, hostels and camping areas are located several miles from the trail and hikers may have to wait awhile to hitch to town or may end up road walking to reach their destination. There are those who believe that the hike is all about doing it yourself and relying on your own initiative to complete it. Other’s tend to rely on the (and depend on) the kindness and generosity of trail angels. Most hikers fall somewhere in between. Wherever you fall along this line, remember to hike your hike. You’re out there for yourself and you have your own reasons for being out there.
Getting back to the support of the CDNST (and any other trail for that matter), if your passion is trail, if your passion is to help the trail and the hikers, if your passion is the hiker community, please show and offer your support by giving back in your own way.