Distance: 17 miles
start: 8:30 am
stop: 6:00 pm
Elevation: 11257 ft
Others Here: none
Camp: Herman Gulch ; tenting
It rained most of the night and when I awoke at 5:30 was still raining. I had hoped for an early start but due to the rain I didn't begin until 8:30. Even with the late start, I was able to make it to Grays summit at 14270 ft by 11:30. On the way I saw a couple juvenile mountain goats. There was a fair amount of rock scrambling; perhaps half a mile, though it felt like 2 miles, and several knife edgy bits that I had to traverse. Some of them I was able to climb down below and then back up … but not all. Have I mentioned that I don't care for heights.
There were quite a few people up on Grays when I got there and a nice lady gave me an apple when she found out what I was doing. Almost everyone summits Grays and Torryes from the north side but the CDT comes in from the south and then east by way of Argentine Pass. I had a very good day today and started enjoying my hike again. I was called Walt Whitman and John Muir this afternoon; it must be the beard and the rugged demeanor … ha!
I have about 18 miles above tree line tomorrow with a break in the middle so I am praying for another day like today. Blue skies and no threatening clouds.
I've decide that due to the 2 week delay I won't try to make it to Canada this year. I would have to average 25 miles per day and I'm not off to a very good start. Also the pull of family (especially 3 little girls and their little-big brother) has been greater than the draw of the great white north. There is a distinct possibility that I will call it at Grand Lake. We shall see.