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CDT Day 142 To Lincoln 

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6th September

9.8 miles

Ridgecamp (2371.4) to Lincoln (2381.2)

It was cold overnight. Definitely the coldest night since camping in the snow covered mountains of southern Colorado. The inside and outside of my tent was covered in a layer of ice.

Packing up almost froze my fingers. But after only a short time of hiking my body warmed up nicely. The ridge walking was scenic. Cloud covered valleys, snow covered mountains and views that lasted many long miles.

It didn’t take too long to make it to the main highway. Lucky, Rampage and I didn’t wait long for a hitch hike into the town of Lincoln. Food and warmth were on our minds. A cheap room in a hotel wasn’t available for an hour, so an oversized lunch was ordered. Cold weather really burns through the calories. Elusive joined us for lunch and joined us in sharing a room. Having 4 people in a hotel room is normal for hikers, all in an attempt to keep the costs down.

With the laundry, showers and resupply done several of us went to Taco Tuesday. 8 Tacos later I went to bed.


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Brad is an Australian who has completed the hiking Triple Crown after he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail. He has hiked on every continent (except Antarctica) and has cycled from Alaska to Ecuador. He is an expert on outdoor gear currently living in Sydney, Australia.

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22 thoughts on “CDT Day 142 To Lincoln ”

  1. I’ve been enjoying your posts in the CDT. I may have chance to hike it next year. I was wondering what you think is the highest rated sleeping quilt you think a hot sleeper could get away with—taking into account layering and having a liner mailed in certain circumstances? What are you and other thrus using?

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    • I have little experience with quilts but only two days ago it was around 10F (blog posts to come). So plan on that temp. Northbounders generally get warmer weather, southbounders suffer with cold temps at altitude in Colorado during late September. So aim to be comfortable at 10F. Good luck with the hike, it’s tough but amazing. Embrace the brutality

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    • I’m treating it very differently, I’m planning on enjoying the social aspect of the hike more than any other trail I’ve hiked.

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  2. When are you going to finish your bike trip to South America…When you get to Glacier park watch out for Grizzly bears, had a USFS ranger killed by one about two months ago.. He hit it with his bike and paid the price…

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  3. Your energy must be going strong again as you get closer to the beginning and the end of this walk. Take care and thanks for the heads up about the days of silence.

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  4. Well done again with the hiking and camping in cold and snow. Good to know that you find spots where you can do some decent food refills. Have a good one up there and I’ll be stand-by until your next update. Cheers :-)

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  5. Wow! You are knocking on the door of Glacier National Park, and you will be in Canada so soon. I actually drove through Montana on my way back to Chicago from out west this year. I was hoping that we might cross paths again, but I was about three weeks ahead of you. I was hoping to go for the Triple Crown, too–only for trail angel-ing, instead of hiking (that is, until I can get out there and thru-hike myself!).

    Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your fantastic journey!!!

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