Was This Swedish Immigrant the First Continental Divide Thru-Hiker?

Recently we stumbled across this great article from Backpacker.com.  It's worth a read.

Image and excerpt courtesy of Backpacker.com

Excerpt:  Before applying paint, Peter Parsons traced the letters on the back of his canvas rucksack. He wanted the 3-inch-high text to be perfect—no botched lines made by an excited hand. Parsons painted neatly inside the lines, making block letters that read: HEADING “NORTH”—MEXICO TO CANADA. Parsons intended to hike the Continental Divide.

On a one-cent postcard, he’d just written his best friend, “I’m raring to be on the trail again.” Of course, he used the word “trail” loosely. The year was 1924, and there was no established trail leading from where he was starting to where he was going.



  • I think it’s part of being Scandanavian. My husband is half Swedish and his whole family are hikers, skiers and bikers.

  • Great informative article.

  • Very interesting take.

  • cool

    Joe Burba
  • This guy sounds awesome! I love stories about “firsts”. Makes me wonder what “firsts” are happening now

    Sandy Klocinski

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