4th Annual CDT Hiker Hoopla - September 16, 2015
Join us for a celebration of the Continental Divide Trail
Afoot on the CDT, Around MWA, Exploring Montana
2016 Hiker Hoopla - Friday, September 16th at Summit Mountain Lodge
Stay tuned for more details...we are behind schedule on party planning at the moment as we kick off our trail projects. Thank you for your patience, however, take a look at last year's announcement below to get a taste for what we do and our trail celebration. Here's the hikers, trail partners and amazing volunteers that make it all happen! Our 2016 celebration is planned for Friday, September 16th so mark your calenders. We'll be sending you a letter in the mail in early September, as well. Here are pics from the good times last year. See you in the fall!
We'll also be asking for RSVPs on our CDT Montana Facebook page. LIKE US and stay tuned for more details. Hike on and be safe this summer!
Details from 2015...
Carrot, Lion Heart, Race, Scatman & She-Ra
These are just some of the monikers of this year's thru-hikers on the Continental Divide Trail, many of whom are just now finishing up their epic trek along the CDT. In the case of Scatman, we have no idea how he earned that name and don't want to know, either. Whatever their monikers are, these folks are amazing in our book, and we're throwing them a party.
So what's a thru-hiker anyway? Well, the term refers to hiking a long-distance trail end-to-end. Most CDT thru-hikers begin in New Mexico, walk through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and then end in Montana at the Canadian border. No matter how you do it, the CDT is one of the more rugged and more challenging trails that long distance hikers take on. Check out the trail journals from some 2015 CDT hikers here and get to know the Warrior Hike soldiers that will also be celebrating with us.
CDT Hiker Hoopla Celebration Details
Montana Wilderness Association, along with generous host the Summit Mountain Lodge, invites you to an evening of delicious food, beer, storytelling, dancing, and live music from Spring Wagon Stringband (acoustic/bluegrass/rock). Click here for the location in Google Maps.
Pitch your tent on-site, have a beer, shake a tail feather, listen to live music, and enjoy some delicious food. Raffle tickets will be sold for great outdoor gear prizes, so bring a few extra bucks. MWA is kindly asking for a $20 donation for the night (includes food, drink, live music and camping) to help us offset the cost of the event and to support CDT trail work (please and thank you).
- 5 p.m. - Doors open (please don't arrive early - we won't be ready, thank you)
- 6 p.m. - Welcome & Thank Yous
- 6:30/7 p.m. - Dinner
- After dinner - Raffle drawing (bring a few bucks to buy tickets)
- 8-10 p.m. - Music & dancing
- 11 p.m. - Shhhhh... or go be loud away from people sleeping in tents
Hoopla Savings! Summit Mountain Lodge is offering Hiker Hoopla attendees a 20% discount on any cabin booking (valid for new bookings only). Hurry up and make your reservations because space is limited. Click here for online booking.
Other stuff we should mention: No dogs please. No drugs whatsoever. Smoking (tobacco only) permitted in designated areas only. Private cabins with shower/bathroom are available for rent. No public showers, but portable toilets will be available. This is grizzly country so food must be in secure, closed vehicles or stashed in the lodge. Please do NOT cook in sleeping/camping areas or keep food in your tents. Respect your neighbors if you want to stay up late, please.
CDT Montana Trail Stewardship Program
Since 1978, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail was designated to provide for high quality, scenic, primitive hiking, horseback riding, and non-motorized recreational experiences, and to conserve natural, historical and cultural resources along the divide. Sadly, the CDNST is only 78% complete. The largest unfinished section is the Montana/Idaho section, at only 58% complete.
With dedicated volunteers and agency partners, Montana Wilderness Association is working to complete the CDNST with our agency partners and hard-working volunteers. Each summer, CDT Montana organize more than a dozen volunteer projects to build new trail or maintain existing trail. If you want to know more head to the CDT project pages and look at the good work we've done, browse our photos from this summer.
RSVP before September 15
Please RSVP if you are on Facebook at this event link. Or send an email with a list of folks who are joining us to Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you show up without an RSVP, we kindly ask you to bring your own food, so we don't run out for those who did RSVP.
Food & Drink
MWA and Summit Mountain Lodge will be providing a group feed for the evening. Meals are planned with the "general eater" in mind. We will be providing meal options for carnivores and vegetarians, primarily. Some gluten-free options will be available, however, there will be a limited supply for these folks. We kindly ask that you only eat gluten-free if you have Celiac Disease versus a preference or tendency for this diet. If you fall into the latter category, please plan on bringing your own supplemental food to fill up. Unfortunately, our budget will not allow us to make 2x of everything for dinner -- gluten free version + regular version. We are sorry for the limitation.
Keep in mind that our primary libation will be beer. If this does not suit you, please plan ahead and discretely bring an alternative beverage that you like.
We are also incredibly grateful to Summit Mountain Lodge staff for hosting us year after year at this great location. The benefits far outweigh the smaller limitations.
CDT Hiker Hoopla - Event Sponsors
It takes the local trail community to make the CDT and events like the Hiker Hoopla possible. Please help us thank the following companies for supporting the CDT by buying their products, sending them an email, or spreading the good word. We are grateful and appreciate that they want to see this trail complete.