Wolverine Hikes South America

People who know me know that I belong on the Trail. I've thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (twice),the Pacific Crest Trail and the mighty Continental Divide Trail. I've hiked many of the long trails here in Michigan including being the first to hike both the Ironwood Trail and the Great Lake To Lake Trail. In 2017, I hiked the Israel National Trail and the Golan Heights Trail. I was the first to hike the Baja Divide Trail in Mexico but failed miserably to thru-hike the Bruce Trail in Canada. I'm heading for Ecuador to attempt to hike the TEMBR.

The purpose of this blog is to keep anyone who is interested informed of my progress and to encourage those who are able to support me in this endeavor.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Finding A Way

The deep snow we all encountered south of the Colorado border made everyone revise their plans. Snow makes everything more difficult. This is old, nasty snow from last winter. It's icy and wet with a thin crust on top - you have to 'post hole' your way through it (see the video I posted to Facebook) and you fall through up to your waist when you least expect it. Snow obscures blazes, rock cairns and the trail itself. Navigation becomes even more difficult. You have to carry more food,
more gear... 

My buddy Beaker and some others rented a van and are going to pick up the trail north of here, then come back later to finish this section. Same for my brothers from Warrior Hike - they're flipping out of Pagosa Springs. Some hikers are just going to wait a while until more of the snow melts. Me? I've got to keep moving north. Even if I have to take lower elevation routes or road walk. I HAVE to WALK from Mexico to Canada. So many people are helping me with this hike - I can't let them down. Gotta find a way...

Resupply has been working like a fine oiled machine. Generous folks have been contributing food and gear (thanks for the snow shoes, Burning Boots Trail Club!) and Martha has been getting it to me on the trail. Like Stafford handing off to Bush for a huge gain, I can sprint by the post office and grab my resupply box in stride. Huge thanks to Camp Champaign. 

Shipping boxes is eating away at the budget. If you want to help me with this hike, please click on the 'donate' button. Every bit is appreciated. 

This is a good outline of the entire trail. 

Me at Wolf Creek Pass. Dark clouds loom in the distance. 

Gotta find a way over those mountains!

Getting a big box of love at the post office. Thanks, everyone!

Hiker trash in Cuba, NM. From the left: the Viking, me, Beaker, Samurai, NO2, Doc Rocket and Buffalo Shuffle.



Martha said...
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Jeremy/Typo said...

Looking good in the photos Wolverine! Keep up the good work and stay safe. Good luck with the snow - where there is a will there's a way! - Typo

Christopher Hillier said...

My Brotha Typo! Always good to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words.

Shannon Murphy said...

Chris was at Monarch Pass today resupplying at the Monarch Store and is doing good. His phone is not working due to falling into Cochetopa Creek a few days ago. GO WOLVERINE!

Unknown said...

My names Rick Shauvin....I'm riding the GDMBR on my mountain bike. I ran into Chris this morning in Salida and we chatted for a bit.....he's had a heck of a time including ruining his phone in a river crossing.....but he's alive and well with a huge smile on his face and is heading for Leadville soon!

shawn murphy said...

Wolverine, Warrior Hike went from South Pass City, WY to Encampment, WY. From there we'll flip to Marshall Pass, CO and head South to Pogosa Springs, CO and then flip back up. Water in WY Great Basin matches Bear Creek maps, except Alki Creek is dry. Can't wait to play with new snow shoes. See you somewhere on the trail bro'. Greyhound