Continental Divide Trail Coalition Hosts Virtual Trail Days
Thursday Apr. 29th, 2021
The free series of online events will showcase cultural and natural highlights of the Continental Divide region
GOLDEN, Colo. (April, 2021) – From April 22nd to May 21st, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition will hold its seventh annual, and second virtual, Trail Days event series. This celebration of the CDT community will feature panel discussions and Q&As, a huge gear giveaway, and conclude with an intimate and wide-ranging concert in celebration of the Continental Divide.
While Continental Divide Trail Days is normally hosted during a long weekend in Silver City, New Mexico, CDTC is excited to host the second online celebration this year, engaging trail supporters and community members all across the globe. The offerings for fun and educational discussions will demonstrate some of the unique aspects of the CDT.
Each event will start at 6:00pm MST and last for approximately one hour. All events are open to the public and free to attend. No registration is necessary, but the below Facebook events may be used for reminders. All sessions will be streamed on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ContinentalDivideTrailCoalition
More information on all events can be found at: https://continentaldividetrail.org/traildays
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, April 22th, 6:00 pm MST
The CDT as a Sacred Landscape
Xicana youth climate activist Esperanza Soledad Garcia will share her experience growing up along the Continental Divide in northern New Mexico, her family’s cultural practice of maintaining pre-colonial acequias, and her poetry inspired by a multigenerational connection to the Divide.
Thursday, April 29th, 6:00 pm MST
Lions, Tigers, and Bears: Big Animals of the CDT
Join wildlife biologist Sergio Avila and wildlife photographer George Bumann as they discuss the habits and habitats of megafauna along the Continental Divide.
Thursday, May 6th, 6:00 pm MST
Stories from the Trail: Long-distance Traveler Panel and Q&A
Our panel discussion will cover a lot of ground as we chat about the highs, lows, and PUDs (Pointless Ups and Downs) of long-distance traveling. Bring your questions for the Q&A at the end! Our panelists include: Patricia “Blackpacker” Cameron, founder of the Colorado Blackpackers, Tyler “The Prodigy” Lau, Gillian “Thru-Rider” Larson, The Strawbridge Family
Thursday, May 13th, 6:00 pm MST
Hike the Divide: Where the Trail and Climate Intersect
Filmmaker Connor DeVane, Navajo environmental activist Kendra Pinto, and Madeleine Carey of Wild Earth Guardians will discuss and discuss the impact of climate change on the Continental Divide, as well as the new film Hike the Divide. A selection of the film will be available to the public earlier in the week!
Friday, May 21st, 6:00 pm MST
Far and Wide: Songs for the Divide
From all across the country, musicians will be sharing their songs to celebrate public lands and the Continental Divide Trail. Please join us on Facebook Live (no Facebook account required) for an eclectic, inspiring musical evening. Stay tuned to find out our complete line up of musicians from near and far.
As part of our celebration, CDTC and our partners will give away over $3,600 worth of prizes, including outdoors gear, clothing, and provisions. The contest may be entered for free by submitting an email address, or a supporter may gain 5 additional entries by becoming a CDTC member with a donation of $35.00 or more. More information on prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation can be found here: https://continentaldividetrail.org/trail-days-2021/#gear
About the Continental Divide Trail
The CDT is one of the world’s premiere long-distance trails, stretching 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada along the Continental Divide. Designated by Congress in 1978, the CDT is the highest, most challenging and most remote of the 11 National Scenic Trails. It provides recreational opportunities ranging from hiking to horseback riding to hunting for thousands of visitors each year. While 95% of the CDT is located on public land, approximately 150 miles are still in need of protection.