The knife edge on Mt. Katadhin in the Great State of Maine There are three long distance hiking trails in America that are held in reverence by those who hack around the boonies; the oldest, the 2167 mile Appalachian Trail (AT) running from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Highest point on the trail is Clingman's Dome at 6,643 feet. The speed record for completing the entire length of the trail, unsupported was set in 2018 by Karel Sabbe at a high stepping 41 days, 7 hours, 39 min. The oldest person completing the trail was Mr. Dale Sanders at age 82 in 2017. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) starts at the Mexican border and runs about 2700 miles up to the Canadian border, it starts a sea level in desert and rises up through the backbone of the Sierra Nevada to top out at 13,153 feet. Skipping high and lonesome through the Cascades with long periods of no cell service or convenience stores. Unlike the AT there is no established series of shelters and in many areas it's a multi-day trek back to "civilization". Trailside view in the high Sierras In 2013 Ms Heather Anderson set the speed record of duck walking from Mexico to Canada in a blistering 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes. The third crown in these long distance trails is the wild child Continental Divide Trail (CDT) that basically follows what is known out west as the Carnivore Corridor. 3,111 miles long following the spine of the Rocky Mountains topping out at 14,278 feet this trail is long, remote, potentially more dangerous than the others. Your exposure to Mother Nature on this walk is extreme, both in good ways and less positive ways. As a for instance, passing through Colorado the trails seldom drops below 11,000 feet, the trail guidebook route traverses five 13,000 foot peaks in one day. Not for the faint of heart. If you run into a thunderstorm up there it would not be fun. In Wyoming the trail takes you through the Wind River Range and Yellowstone, prime real estate for things with big teeth. In Montana, the breathtaking Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park. The trail takes you past the 1,000 foot escarpment known as the Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The CDT is only about 70% complete, to thru hike it you got some serious bushwhacking to perform. I don't know if anyone has completed this trail in one season, I doubt it given the nature of the high country, you could be shut down for a couple days should a mid summer snowstorm surprise you. Most folks approach the CDT piece meal. I never hiked the full length of any of these trails but have been on parts of all of them. I'm posting this to see if we have any "Thru-Hikers" on this forum. I know most of you didn't always spend your days sitting in front of a computer in your boxers and wife beater. This is a typical Adirondack Lean-To that are placed about every 20 miles on the Appalachian Trail.