Somewhere close to mile 1100 and day 68. As our new shoes would have it, we ended up in Silverthorne, CO. We're hanging out in the lobby of the La Quinta Inn getting ready to leave for our next leg to Grand Lake. (For all those This American Life listeners, we picked La Quinta based … Continue reading New shoes, hooray!
Day 60: Monarch Pass to a yet to be determined destination Morning in Salida. Gray. Overcast. Our first cloudy morning in Colorado. Most mornings are bright blue and crisp with golden sunshine melting away the frost. How fitting for the first day of summer. It feels more like home in the Pacific Northwest. At the … Continue reading First day of Summer in Salida
Days 55-58, ~98 miles, ~946 miles total Just a quick update from Salida, CO where we are doing less than 18-hour resupply stop. Full posts are coming in about 120 more miles. Photos in another 100 miles (boo broken Wi-Fi card, yay new one on it's way). The last 98-some miles has had us climb … Continue reading A stroll from Spring Creek to Monarch Pass
Sorry for the lag time! I have a backlog of posts waiting to load when we next have reliable internet access and a little down time. In brief: We took a combo road walk and lower elevation trail route to go from Cumbres Pass to Wolf Creek Pass in 3.5 days. Worked great. We then … Continue reading Quick update from Silverton and mile 800+!
Day 51: Camp above Rincon la Osa to Stony Pass, ~22 miles, ~808 miles total A few pictures from a memorable day. Note photos were taken with the phone, as the camera battery died the day before.
Day 49: 11,600 foot saddle along the Divide to Squaw Pass, ~13 miles, ~769 miles total Some trail days the "miles made" are not an accurate reflection of the effort it took to earn said miles. We are reminded today of the equivalencies of terrain and travel and their conversion rates. We are reminded that … Continue reading Slow going on the Knife Edge
Day 48: 11,500 foot basin near Sawtooth Mountain to 11,600 foot saddle along the Divide, ~17 miles, ~756 miles total Last night was COLD. Water bottles frozen solid. Shoes frozen. Even the handwarmers, Nutella and late night chocolate snack fest didn't keep me comfortable enough to sleep well. Both Gabriel and I finally dozed soundly … Continue reading Feel that elevation
Day 47: Wolf Creek Pass to 11,500 foot basin near Sawtooth Mountain in the Weminuche Wilderness, ~12 miles, ~739 miles total Back at it this morning, hiking that is, and then some. A leisurely wake up time of 6:30 in the comfy duff of the East Fork San Juan River campground. We packed up our … Continue reading A hail of a day
Day 42: Treasure Mountain Trail and porcupine hill to Wolf Creek Pass, ~11 miles, ~727 miles total From camp, we didn't have many miles to reach Wolf Creek Pass. With easy to scramble peaks nearby, we deemed it a good morning for some leisurely exploring. First stop, Treasure Mountain. Up trail through meadows and recently … Continue reading Mountain meals and perspective
Day 41: First Inn in Pagosa Springs to Treasure Mountain Trail and porcupine hill, ~21 miles, ~716 miles total Slept in til 7:00. Our bodies needed it. A little tired and foot sore from those road miles. But there would be fewer today. Instead of walking up Highway 160 to Wolf Creek Pass, we'd take … Continue reading Return to trail