July 11th 2022
I was up early and witnessed a great sunrise. I packed up and was just drinking my tea when a lady hiker came past .
I finished up and set off down the trail it was going to be a great day. The trail was fairly clutter free enabling me to get a reasonable pace and it was heading down always helps.
I shortly arrived at the trail head and campsite. The female hiker was just using the Privy. Well one never misses a privilege so I also used.
The trail Imeaditly began to climb maybe I am going over the mountains I saw earlier. Mmmm
The trail crossed the road and headed up ( I didn’t know at the time but it was going to be a climbing day.)
The trail climbed then meandered a bit then dropped down and then did it all again.
Mm I won’t get my mileage I if its like this I said to my self.
Once again the trail headed down then changed its mind and headed up again this time I got to see some amazing views of the valley.
I pushed on up coming to several large snow clumps. I climbed over them and then some more and omg some more. I thought I was done with snow. Obviously NOT!!.
Aa I made my way over yet more more I began to meet several hikers coming the other way
Two were finishing off bits of the Cdt.
I pushed on looking for water but there wasn’t any for a while so I patiently got water from a snow melt. Not perfect but I was thirsty. I added bleach waited then flavoured it before drinking.
Okay time to move , around the next corner the whole landscape changed it was fairly baron looking with lots of snow to cross.
I pushed on making good progress but then the trail became difficult to follow. Arrhhhh.
Eventually I found it and once again it was up and down and up and down . The sun was now getting hotter as I approached yet another climb. I think I need a break and was just pondering when gourmet appeared and thought the same so we sat in the shade and had lunch. Several other hikers passed by as we relaxed.
Gourmet had gone tubing in Steamboat springs and was slightly red!!!
We chatted for a while but it was soon time to hike some more.
See you at the top snail. I laughed
I packed up and set off after him omg he was already at the top he is just so fast or rather I’m just so slow.
Once up the trail did its normal meander then vanished.
But I quickly found . It Once again dropped down into the valley and then imeaditly climbed up the other side.
Except as I began the next climb I found myself in a bog.
Now on the Appalachian trail we would have duck boards come on cdt lol
Once up I crossed several meadows again with the added fun of more bogs. Then I lost the trail again…. it has to be me… and I have a great sense of direction. I soon found it but it went up another mountain.
It was mainly scree but it had a path through it. Once up I was on a very large plain and in the distance cairns.
I set off towards it then the next one and the next before dropping down the valley towards a lake. But I could see the trail snake away to my right.. and of course up.
Once at the top of course it went down but this time through several snow fields, I trudged through the first two then walked around the third. But then decided to take a break, whilst here I grabbed water from the melt. Okay back to the climbing
Can’t we have some flat I shouted to no-one.
Seems not…I climbed and climbed …whoop some down. As I began to head down something caught my eye, It was a long horned goat standing high on a rock. I wasn’t sure if it was a tree at first but it did move its head.
Okay down time was moving on and with all the climbs I wasn’t going to make my target as I was so tired. And typically the down was very very long and steep and cluttered. It did level out for a while as i walked through loads of small dead trees they reminded me of Triffids…
Now the trail continued down but steep and cluttered, I passed several good spots for camping but was determined to get to at least 5.30. Once at the bottom I was greeted with more bogs… Really!!!.
I manged to navigate around these keeping my feet dry, but then it was more snow to climb over. Which again is tiresome especially towards the end of the day. The trail now headed left, nearby was a small spinney. That looks ideal and it was now 5.30. That will do me.
And it was mossie free. Well until I dropped my pack then it became alive. Arrrrrhhhh. And such a beautiful evening too.
But the mossies say no. So tent up and hide.
Mileage 16 (target 17,)