My review of Where the Waters Divide: A 3,000 Mile Trek Along America’s Continental Divide

Goodreads | Tom Jamrog (Lincolnville, ME)'s review of Where the Waters Divide: A 3,000 Mile Trek Along America's Continental Divide.

Where the Waters Divide: A 3,000 Mile Trek Along America's Continental DivideWhere the Waters Divide: A 3,000 Mile Trek Along America’s Continental Divide by Karen Berger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m planning my own 2013 CDT thru hike and am currently devouring maps and books like this. It is hard to believe that since 1993 , when this book was first published, thru- hiking this LONG trail was estimated to take 6-8 months. Now, hikers are making it in around 5 months. Better, lighter gear, and the knowledge that it can be done, are the reasons. Also it is much easier to obtain the maps and general information. The authors wrote hundreds of letters to rangers, supervisors, and forest service officers. No one does that anymore. So far, I have spent over $500 on maps, but only needed two addresses to get them, and I did it all over the Internet.

If you don’t want to spoil your read of the book stop here:

The writing here is good. The suffering level is high. The authors didn’t make it out of Montana at the northern end before the snows hit in October, and resorted to road walking the last several hundred miles before reaching the border on Nov. 2. There were no GPS devices to help them, as there are now.

It is interesting that the same complaint they had throughout the book about poorly marked trail is the case now with present day hikers. There’s not much data here about practical matters like the specific gear they had with them. They were hiking in heavy boots with thick socks, so blisters were a real issue. They prepared 80 boxes of food and supplies that were mailed to themselves at 30 resupply points. They tried to maintain a 15 mile a day average, even through Colorado, where the trail averages at 11,600′ in elevation.

Those guys were tough.

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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3 Responses to My review of Where the Waters Divide: A 3,000 Mile Trek Along America’s Continental Divide

  1. UT –

    think those guys were tough? hah!

    *you* are tough.

    Just as tough as those guys.

    hike on

    Joe

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  2. Karl Gottshalk says:

    Although I read this book, I didn’t really care for it. I never really felt like she enjoyed herself.

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