Dyer and Riches: CDT Thru-Hikers

In the Beginning. . .

May 3, 2000: "Where are all the normal things like kangaroos, koalas, emus, and gumtrees?" For GORP thru-hiker Darryl Riches, the Continental Divide Trail isn't just a break from the normal realities of work and home—it's a plunge into something completely different. Darryl was born and raised on a dairy farm in Australia. When he's not thru-hiking, he's a student of sports psychology whose studies have taken him around the world. He last landed in Alberta, Canada, where he met his thru-hike partner, Simon Dyer. Simon is a biologist who hails from London. He discovered the Rockies during a summer job delivering cars and has been hooked ever since. Join the duo as they hit the Continental Divide Trail to thru-hike some uniquely American terrain.


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