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Day 45: 9/7/17 -- Another great day above treelike!

September 17, 2017

 



Miles: 14
Steps: 27,959
Vertical gain: 3,657 feet
Liquid consumed:  155 oz
Wildlife: grouse, squirrel, pika, marmot, deer


Nice and chilly waking up at 11,500 feet!  Brrrrr!  Oh well.  I climbed back above treeline (which wasn't far) and climbed a beautiful 13,000 foot mountain.  Up and up, nicely switchbacked trail.  I spent some time at the summit and continued on.  There was a harder ridgewalk alternate route, but I passed since there were already some clouds in the sky.

The trail went down to 10,300 feet, the lowest I've been in a couple days which is kind of crazy to think about!  That's high!

At the low point, the trail crossed a river and a fairly humorous scene presented itself: two huge pieces of construction equipment and a truck that slowly and verynoisiky were going up the road I needed to go up as well.  I was walking at about the same pace of them too, so we hiked together for about a half mile.  So loud!  Haha, I found it all kind of amusing for some reason.  Being pretty much alone all morning then directly in the middle of a super noisy construction site was humorous.  After 15 minutes or so the trail split off and so did I.

Next I reached treeline again after a steep climb and had a decision to make:  climb another 13,000 foot mountain and try to hitch into town late in the evening or take a short day and hitch in early the next morning.  There were some clouds and I was at a beautiful place to camp so I figured why push it.  Kind of taking an easy week this week and it feels great!

I stretched and relaxed and enjoyed the view.  Sometimes I can sit and stare for hours at natures beauty!  Love it!  When I get bored I'll read or write or look at my maps, but honestly I don't get bored too much.  Always hiking or resting or exploring neat small towns.  Ahhh, this is the life!!!

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