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Peanut on the CDT

Peanut began her second leg of the American Triple Crown of long-distance hiking when she stepped foot on the Continental Divide Trail at just after 10 a.m. MT on Tuesday — three years to the day after she began her thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.

She arrived at the CDT’s remote southern terminus after a 24-hour, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles-style journey from her home near Reno, Nev.

From Atlas Guides

The 3,000-mile CDT begins for northbound hikers on the U.S.-Mexico border about 80 miles south-southeast of Lordsburg, N.M. Peanut set out from the terminus with four days’ worth of food, having left her first resupply box in Lordsburg, where she stayed Monday night.

With various alternate routes along the trail, the CDT’s distance varies — the Continental Divide Trail Coalition says 3,028 miles, making it the longest of the three major north-south trails — and Peanut was not sure what her final total would be.

While the CDT is the longest of the major trails for thru-hikers, it is the least-frequented.

The Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail each had almost 4,000 people who said they were attempting a thru-hike in 2019, according to data at the website Greenbelly. Approximately 300 attempted the CDT that year.

The CDT, which has been dubbed “America’s most challenging trail and begins in the New Mexico desert, follows the Continental divide into Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. It ends in Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park.

The CDT is more remote in relation to population centers than the PCT and AT, and Peanut, outside of the resort areas of the Colorado Rockies, will encounter fewer day- and section-hikers along the trail.

Peanut suspended her PCT adventure twice — in 2018 and 2019 — but returned to the trail in central Washington on July 9, 2020. She completed her final 260 miles two weeks later, a day after her 52nd birthday.

The American Long Distance Hiking Association-West, the only organization that recognizes those who have completed the 7,900 miles of all three trails, has designated 440 hikers as Triple Crowners.

Peanut, who plans to finish the CDT in early September, will presumably then start making plans to travel east and tackle the Appalachian Trail in 2023 or 2024.

Posted in Pacific Crest Trail

MYTHmaking

Peanut hiked to the Pacific Crest Trail’s northern terminus, near Monument 78, which marks the U.S-Canada border, at noon on Thursday, completing a 2,650-mile journey that began almost 27 months earlier.

“I’m here!!!!!” she texted Dave after her arrival. “Woohoo!!!!!

“I have completed the PCT!!!!!”

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Peanut prepped for her final stretch of the PCT earlier this summer by hiking California’s John Muir Trail with her sister, Karen. [Photo by Karen Moon]
Peanut camped near Rock Pass on Wednesday, her 52nd birthday, leaving her just 14.6 miles from her destination.

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Peanut returns to the PCT

Peanut is back on the PCT, picking up where she left off in August.

She returned to the trail at 7:17 a.m. Thursday — 329 days after suspending her Pacific Crest Trail through-hike.

Peanut’s brother Scott and her nephews Boone, Warren and Elliott dropped her off 20 miles north of Hyatt Lake Resort in southern Oregon. By 4 p.m. Thursday she had covered 20 miles of the 880-odd miles remaining in her journey.

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Elliott does — who knows what? — as Peanut, holding her 2018 mascot, Brain, bids farewell to family members before disappearing into the Oregon forest. (Photo by Warren Whitney)

Peanut planned to finish the PCT sometime in late July.

(Check back soon for a more comprehensive preview of Part 2 of her journey.)

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Peanut’s time on the PCT is over — for now

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Wine and cheese after 1,777 miles. (Photo by Scott)

The Pacific Crest Trail exacts a toll on even the strongest hikers.

They deal with sore muscles and joints. The monotony of hiking almost all of their waking hours — day after day after day. Setting up a tent. Breaking down a tent. Eating nuts and twigs for meals on end.

Peanut, when she found a spot with cell service on Thursday morning, called Dave and told him she was done with her adventure. Her feet ached badly. She was tired of the sameness of the days.

And, frankly, she told him, “I want my life back.”

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Goodbye, California

Peanut and Scott were headed north to Ashland, Ore., on Tuesday afternoon after spending Monday night at Vermilion Valley Resort.

Peanut waited for the VVR ferry with about 12 other hikers on Monday afternoon as thunderstorm activity delayed the boat’s launch. Peanut informed the other hikers that the ferry was on its way after receiving a text on her GPS unit from Dave who talked to Scott who was at VVR using the resort’s satellite phone.

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Almost done with California

Peanut stopped hiking Sunday evening at the 862.2-mile point of the PCT, leaving her 16.3 miles to return to Vermillion Valley Ranch and complete California’s portion of the trail.

She completed just less than 50 miles the past two days despite dealing with nausea. Peanut’s Sunday trek brought her 94-day total to 1,717.9 miles.

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