Brian Cornell

Greetings everybody! My name is Brian and I am addicted to mountains. On the trail I go by “Knots” and come April 30th, I will be starting my thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail alongside my brother, Nick (Top Nach). Originally from Front Royal, VA but I have been residing in Mammoth Lakes, CA for the past few years. Will do anything outside, including but not limited to, hiking, running, skiing, biking, writing, reading and sitting. Favorite writers include Abbey, Thoreau, Kerouac and Hoff. Hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014, excited to get back on the path!

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My Final Days on the Continental Divide Trail

My Final Days on the Continental Divide Trail

Glacier National Park is nearly empty this time of year.  A few locals visit, driving around to witness the change in seasons.  After a couple

Oct 27, 2018 : Brian Cornell
An Early October Storm in Glacier

An Early October Storm in Glacier

I met a couple other CDT hikers in the otherwise deserted village of East Glacier.  After spending Saturday night at the Backpackers Inn, Windscreen

Oct 6, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Walking Through the Bob, Waiting Patiently for Winter

Walking Through the Bob, Waiting Patiently for Winter

The hills burn in color, autumn becoming a dying season.  Reds have mutated into burgundy and purple.  What were once glowing, golden yellow leaves

Oct 2, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Changing of the Seasons in Montana

Changing of the Seasons in Montana

Upon arriving at MacDonald Pass, I stuck my thumb out and began my 100-mile hitch to the city of Missoula.  Took me three separate rides to reach my

Sep 22, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Road Detour and Returning to Trail

Road Detour and Returning to Trail

Out of Leadore, I got a hitch to Bannock Pass and began my 156-mile road walk around the two fire closures that were lurking off to the west.  Most

Sep 16, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Walking in Between Montana and Idaho

Walking in Between Montana and Idaho

The trail continues to toe the line between Idaho and Montana, the state border coinciding with the Continental Divide.  Meanwhile, the weather toes

Sep 4, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Into Montana after 17 Weeks on the Trail

Into Montana after 17 Weeks on the Trail

Currently I lie in the grass under shade of a tree in Lima, MT.  I am enjoying a zero today before the next stretch takes me into Leadore, ID.  The

Aug 28, 2018 : Brian Cornell
A Stroll Through Yellowstone and into Idaho

A Stroll Through Yellowstone and into Idaho

The scenery through Yellowstone changed greatly from end to end and I am glad to have gone so slow through such an unique area.  The outskirts of the

Aug 23, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Doctored in Dubois and Back on the Trail

Doctored in Dubois and Back on the Trail

I ended up taking a total of three zeroes in Dubois before hitching out Saturday afternoon.  Each morning I rose from the motel bed and took my first

Aug 22, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Hiker Hobble and a Double Zero

Hiker Hobble and a Double Zero

On Tuesday, I hobbled the last 16 miles to the highway 26 road crossing.   Full of relief and joy, I stuck my thumb out and was passed only by two

Aug 9, 2018 : Brian Cornell