Lake City 2

Date: 6/21/2016 Day: 46 Distance: 0 miles start: stop: Elevation: 8900 ft Others Here: Linus Cloudbuster, Ron, Tank, Judd, Dragon Dan, Deco, Cheetah Camp: Raven’s Rest Hostel This was a much needed zero day and hurrah! I’m sending my snowshoes and microspikes home.  That’s 4.5 pounds less on my pack.

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Pagosa Springs

Date: 6/13/2016 Day: 38 Distance: 7 miles start: 6:15 am stop: 9:30 m Elevation: 7700 ft Others Here: Cloudbuster, Ron, Deco, Dragon Dan Camp: Pinewood Inn Got going nice and early this morning with thoughts of restaurant food in our heads.   JK contacted me last night via my Delorme Inreach to say that he would be able to meet us at the pass.  Of course there was plenty of snow between us and the pass.  As we approached the Wolf Creek sky area on the northern slope through the trees we assessed or options.  Traverse the side of the mountain …

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Colorado

Date: 6/07/2016 Day: 32 Distance: 14 miles start: 6:15 am stop: 1:00 pm Elevation: 8030 ft Others Here: Cloudbuster Others in town: Dragon Dan, Deco Camp: Cumbres Suites in Chama Well, I’ve walked to Colorado and I’m beginning to feel like a thru-hiker.  We had a short 13 miles to Cumbres Pass today and experienced our first significant snow. If I had to guess I’d say there was about 2 miles of snow under the trees on northern slopes at around 10500 feet.  Navigation is a little more daunting in the trees because there are no obvious landmarks.  I guess …

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Ghost Ranch

Date: 6/02/2016 Day: 27 Distance: 30 miles start: 6:30 am stop: 7:00 pm Elevation: 6500 ft Others Here: Cloudbuster, Dragon Dan, Deco, No Worries, Apteryx Camp: Ghost Ranch; dorm room Still thankful to be in the pines and aspens most of the day.  Walking by lupine in the cool breeze, in a shady pine forest teens to make me happy.  Having actual running streams doesn’t hurt either. When we took a break for lunch in a clearing full of cacti, I remembered that this respite would be short lived, and we were back to high desert fur the second half …