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The Winter Pathfinder is here with articles including: 2017 Signature Trail Maintenance Trips, 2017 AGM Date Set, Sponsorship Recognition: Teck, Trail Tales, Outreach Blog, Backcountry Kitchen, Announcements, Upcoming Events, and more!
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February 21, 2017                                                         WINTER PATHFINDER
Happy winter from the GDTA!
The trail may be sleeping all snug under it's winter coat, but the GDTA is busy as ever and has some exciting news to share in this Winter edition of the Pathfinder Newsletter, including:
  • The release of our Trail Maintenance Trip Schedule and Call for Volunteers;
  • Setting of our 2017 AGM date;
  • Announcement of a generous show of support by Teck;
  • A featured article in Backpacker Magazine;
  • A blog about our Julia Lynx in Concert fundraiser;
  • Backcountry kitchen tips;
  • Announcements and upcoming events.
2017 Signature Trail Maintenance Trips and Call for Volunteers
The GDTA is very excited for this summer because for the first time we are hosting four trips including two Signature Trail Maintenance Trips.
In July, the GDTA will be establishing a camp near Dutch Creek and continuing construction of the High Rock Trail - the first new section of the GDT in 30 years! Each trip will overlap by one day to allow us to keep our base camp set up for all 4 trips. See below for a breakdown of our trail building schedule and let us know if you are interested in joining us on a trip:

TRIP #1

DATES: July 12 to 16, 2017
SIZE: 10 people 
BASIC CAMP SET-UP: Communal camp kitchen (including stoves and BBQ), fire pit & latrine.
FOOD: Volunteers will bring & cook their own food. 
TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, everyone chips in for gas.
REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers should have experience backcountry camping and hiking. Trail-building experience is not mandatory but this trip is designed with experienced volunteers in mind.
COST: Free for GDTA Members.

TRIP #2

DATES: July 16 to 19, 2017
DETAILS: Same as Trip #1

TRIP #3 - Signature Trip

DATES: July 19 to 23, 2017
SIZE: 20 people
ENHANCED CAMP SET-UP: Camp kitchen (including stoves and BBQ), fire pit, solar shower & latrine.
FOOD: All food is included, prepared by our head chef and a team of assistants* (all volunteers take turns helping out in the kitchen). 
TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, gas included.
REQUIREMENTS: Trail-building experience is not required, but volunteers should have experience backcountry camping and hiking.
COST: $100 for GDTA Members.

TRIP #4 - Signature Trip

DATES: July 23 to 27, 2017
DETAILS: Same as Trip #3

The GDTA will provide all trail maintenance tools, tool training and safety orientation for all trips. See our Volunteer Guide for more information.
If you are interested in participating in one of our 2017 GDTA Trail Building Trips, please email us.

Come join us in the mountains -- Build trail -- Sleep under the stars -- And be inspired.

2017 AGM Date Set
The Great Divide Trail Association is pleased to announce the setting of our 2017 Annual General Meeting date:
Monday, October 2, 2017
Pencil in the date and stay tuned for more details!
Sponsorship Recognition: Teck

The GDTA is excited to announce that Teck Resources Ltd is generously sponsoring the construction of the High Rock Trail, the first new section of the Great Divide Trail built in 30 years!

North of Crowsnest Pass, the existing route of the GDT travels up the Alexander Creek valley, crosses a pass known as the Crown, then descends the South Line Creek drainage to Teck’s Line Creek Mine in British Columbia. The expanding boundaries of the coal mine engulf the GDT where the trail turns east to climb towards North Fork Pass thus creating an issue for GDT hikers traveling on the private property of the mine. Several incidences of hikers being escorted out of the area by mine staff and the combination of active blasting at the mine led to safety concerns making the relocation of the trail a top priority for the GDTA.

In 2014, the GDTA met with Teck to discuss the possibility of re-locating the GDT away from the Line Creek Mine to reduce conflict in the area and improve hiker safety. Teck was supportive of the idea, so the GDTA began to scout a new route (what would become the High Rock Trail), and developed a proposal to seek approval from the Alberta government to build new trail.

Last summer the GDTA received approval from the Alberta government to begin building the High Rock Trail, and broke ground on this historical new section of GDT last July. Now with the help of Teck, the GDTA will be able to complete the High Rock Trail over the next five years. The GDTA looks forward to having the support of Teck to continue our work on the High Rock Trail this summer. Thank you!

Trail Tales
Backpacker Magazine Feature
Backpacker Magazine’s Long Trails edition awarded the Great Divide Trail the title of “Wildest Thru-Hike” – Check out the article by Ted Alvarez here.
Outreach Blog
Julia Lynx Concert: A Benefit for the GDTA
By Jean-Francois Cianci
Did you miss our fundraising concert? Get a play by play and learn about our next event here.
Backcountry Kitchen
Let's Get Dehydrated
By: Shannon Budiselic
Any backcountry dehydrating enthusiasts out there? Tune into Shannon's simple suggestions on how you can spice up your culinary experience in the back-country
here!
Announcements
Draft Castle Management Plan
By Dave Hockey
Have you read the draft Castle Management Plan? Get some background and find out how you can weigh in here.
The GDTA App
The GDTA is happy to announce our partnership with Atlas Guides and the release of the latest trip-planning resource: the GDT App. Learn more here!
Upcoming Events
The GDTA is spreading the word about the trail and preparing for our next fundraising event. See below for more details:

The GDT Info Night at MEC North Vancouver, Feb 20th 6-7pm, North Vancouver

Charlie Russell: Living and Hiking with Grizzlies, Mar 21st 7-9pm, Calgary

Check out our Events Calendar regularly for updates and more details on presentations coming to a location near you! If you are interested in having the GDTA present, please contact our Outreach team at events@greatdividetrail.com.
Get Involved
Are you looking for additional ways to be involved with the GDTA? Take a look at our following list of committees and let us know if you have any interest in sharing your skills with our growing volunteer run organization:
  1. Trail Building and Maintenance
  2. Fundraising and Sponsorship
  3. Outreach
  4. Communications
There are plenty of ways to be involved with the GDTA. Whether it be by joining a committee, sharing a social media post or inquiring whether your company provides grants to non-profit organizations for which their employees volunteer, don't be shy and reach out. We are a volunteer driven organization and we would love to hear from you!
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