Since the best-selling book Wild became an incredibly popular movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Bill Bryson's best-seller A Walk in the Woods film adaptation hit theaters in September, thru-hiking is all the rage, including for locals. Clay Jacobson, his girlfriend Kelly Bussard, and their friends Clay Lindquist and Nate Malloy set out this summer to thru-hike all 900 miles of the Idaho Centennial Trail. The trail starts at the Idaho/Nevada desert near Murphy Hot Springs and runs through the canyonlands of southern Idaho into the Sawtooth Wilderness, through 300 miles of the Frank Church and Selway-Bitterroot wildernesses, along the Continental Divide Trail and up to the Panhandle. The trail often disappears in areas where it hasn't been maintained in two decades but in an attempt to bring more awareness to the ICT, Jacobson plans to write a guidebook on it soon.
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