DAY 56 Heading to Lake city  day 6 (let’s climb more mountains)

8th June

I really wanted to get up early but it was too bloody cold.
But at 6 am I pulled the plug on my mattress; I was packed rather quickly      bonus point

I am made two packet s of instant oats    and a mug of hot chocolate

I was on trail by 6.30 good effort snail

I knew I had a climb first thing   and oh what a climb I chugged up at my amazing sloth (snail) like speed It was almost two hrs.  before in reached the top and was able to get my breath back.
Once up I took off a layer sprayed myself with sunscreen.
Okay lets go, I knew it was going to be a climbing day after sneaking a peek at the Profile.

Don’t do this as its just depressing ……
So, I knew it would not be long until my next one such fun.

I don’t know why but I am having break problems with climbing these mountains. my lungs just can’t cop and its where I loose valuable time and miles.

I slowly chugged up mountain no two and wow what amazing views. but it was a false summit so I had to keep on climbing. But luckily this part was not too steep.

Once at the top I could see several roads in the distance, wow its obvious that we are not going that way as it would be far too simple lol.

I began to head down crossing several snow chutes… mmm haven’t done any of these for a few days. we I reached the ground I could see that I was at a trail head   with a board and sign in register. I signed my name then continued on and great two rivers (large streams) to cross)
Great wet feet   brilliant and then straight to another climb.

This was a bit crappy as it was loose dirt shale, so   not brilliant to   climb

Eventually it evened out and a trail reappeared    but    vanished high into the mountains.

As I continued on, I could see a lodge or yurt on my left, I believe you can stay here but as it was a fair way off, I didn’t visit but just kept on climbing.

AS I reached the summit there was the obligatory signpost except this one was different as this is where the CDt and the Colorado trail now share the same space.
I pushed on and was surprised to be encountering more and more snow. nothing really to bother about more of an annoyance    as if you   walked around rather than n over the mud was    so slippery that kit took you down or at least wanted or   worse it wanted one of your shoes.

I began to cross several meadows   with great view all around   then I climbed through a very rocky bit, maybe like the moon.
okay break time, I stopped glugged some eater and scoffed a Mars bar.

Okay the next part should be flat so I should be able to make up some time. except where there was once snow there was now mud, although it did not look like mud until you tried walking through it. I tried walking around      but every now and then I would sink…. At last, this ended and I was able to make good progress again      climbing a little then climbing some more, the landscape was for ever changing    with wild flowers all around.  I now began to drop down into a valley but in the background were more hills.

As I made my way up a snow filled pass, I spotted another hiker in the distance.
As I hadn’t seen anyone for several days it was good to be able to say hi. He was just a day hiker    but still good to have the conversation.
in the distance were 3 large hills and I guessed which one I was going yup and I was right.

But the climbs were on switchbacks so not that steep.  But they still took effort to climb up and up back and fourth, at last I was up but this connected with another but I had to walk around its edge, I like this type of trail eventually I was at the top and level .
I decided at the next water  I would stop for lunch..
I dropped my pack  laid  out my ground sheet, got out my food bag  then went to get water from the run  off… But the water was great. Containing a lot of sediment.

I tried nearer to the ice, but it was the same. bugger oh well I have enough.
I sat down took off my shoes and sock and relaxed.
Okay   I need those miles.   I pushed on and as I crossed over another saddle in front, I could see a dirt road snaking away and up in both directions

The nearer I got I could see ATV or quad bikes    moving upwards, but by the time I had arrived they were long gone.

The Trail now follows this road for about a mile. But before moving I grabbed a bottle as the water was clear here. I just hoisted my pack when the train of ATVs came back, the occupants all waved    but no soda or beer lol.
I walked down the road before turning left and climbing as I did, I noticed two hikers in the distance.  I pushed on climbing then dropping down but still appearing to climb.
eventually the two caught me. We joked a bout the amount of climbing that we had done today and hoped there would be no more hahahahahahahahahahah

I let them go and followed after. Omg I watched them climb a d climb,
I followed more slowly   again this first claim has switch backs but it was high.

 The climbing went on for the rest of the day but the best bit was that there were no scratchy bushes today how amazing is that… Oh the day hiker I met called it Willow !!
I was now tiring, although wished I could hike faster. I was also concerned that looking forward there didn’t appear to be any suitable camp spots. This may be a compromise Snail trainer.
I put my tent behind my favorite bushes.  Fingers crossed.
I Then had Chili pasta mac with meat (mountain house) my Fav

Then an early night

Mileage 17     pleased with that,

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