I am currently on the trail, thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). I am hiking to raise money for the Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust, which has the objective of raising funds to build badly needed new hospital facilities in Kaikoura, New Zealand.
In 2012 the Canterbury District Health Board announced that it would provide $10 million out of the $13.4 million needed to build a new hospital. The Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust was set up to raise the $3.4 million shortfall – a large amount of money considering that it will largely have to be raised by a community of less that 4000 residents. I believe this is an important cause and I am trying to do my part for my community.
The CDT runs 3,100 miles (5,000 km) from Mexico to Canada and passes through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The trail passes many different ecosystems and contrasting environments including desert, forest, mountains and snow. Different environments will pose different hazards and during my journey I will have to cope with; dehydration, isolation, injury and dangerous wildlife. About 70% of the trail is completed with the final 30% including sections of wilderness route finding and road walking. In 2012 an estimated 50-60 people hiked the CDT.