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HISTORY ON THE CDT

hen Swedish immigrant Peter Parsons set out in 1924 to walk what would later become the Continental Divide Trail (“The Swede Who Showed America How to Hike,” January/February 2020), he couldn’t know how many people would follow in his footsteps—or how many readers would be captivated by his story. Writing on Facebook, Bill Boehm speculated on the wildlife Parsons may have shared the trail with: “I guess there were more grizzlies

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