Distance: 0 miles
Elevation: 6500 ft
Others Here: Cloudbuster, Ron; Stumbling Beef and Wes passed through but did not stay
Camp: Ghost Ranch; dorm room
We opted to stay another day so Cloudbuster could hike the section he hitched over as a result of his overpowering dinner craving. Also, we are hearing that snow shoes are required to get through the San Juans. Without them you would be postholing from 10am on. It sounds like there is still some avalanche danger as well. So it seemed prudent to hold up here another day.
We will get to Chama (Cumbres Pass) and have to make some decisions. 1) We could wait a few more days and try without snow shoes. 2) Get snow shoes and attempt to push through. 3) Jump north to Rawlins and walk south or some other variation of a flip flop to avoid the snow. I prefer options 1 or 2, but we will have to wait and see.
I have enjoyed Ghost Ranch very much but it is time to leave. 300 people came in today.