Saturday June 30, 2018
13.5 miles Total mileage 117.6
I had an awesome nights rest. A queen size bed with 5 pillows all to myself.
The photo above is looking back toward the town of Breckenridge.
SOULFLOWER dropped us off at the trail and we headed out at 7am. We had a 3600 foot ascent today followed by a 3000 foot descent.
We walked through a quarter mile section of burned trail. I looked to be pretty recent.
It was an amazingly beautiful day. The weather was cool for our climb and once we were above tree line it got really windy and down right cold.
We skirted some snow on the way up to 12490 feet of elevation. The highest I have ever hiked. I did well with the elevation. No sickness or anything. My legs felt good today. I believe most of the soreness is gone.
We finished up at 2pm today and SOULFLOWER already had a campspot pick out for us right next to a river. So I was able to wash my nasty dirty feel in the river.
When I was in town yesterday I found a saline gel for my nose and it seems like it has helped out. While I was above tree line and the weather was cooler it felt great then as we descended and the heat picked up it bothered me some but it is definitely better.
I can’t believe all the laughs I have had with these girls. It has been so much fun.
I just heated up some water to rehydrate my dinner for the evening. I also filtered my water for the next day. It is usually best to do it at night because in the morning it is usually too cold and it really makes my hands sore.
Sunday July 1, 2018
18.3 miles Total mileage 135.9
It got a little chilly last night. I noticed when I woke up this morning that there was some condensation on the inside of my tent. I dried it up and moved outside to dry the outside after I finished I preceded to pack up my tent but then I noticed that there was ICE on the floor of the tent!!! I guess that there was a layer of ice on the inside of my tent and when I was drying the outside I knocked it off. I noticed when SOULFLOWER was driving me back to the trailhead that her car said it was 32* out. BUR!!! No wonder I was freezing. This was a first for me. I don’t think I have called in such cold weather before. It bothers my hands the most. While trying to pack up I kept having to hold them over my mouth and blow warm air on them to make them a little less painful.
We had more clumbing above treeline today. The climb was less intense than yesterday, but the views were just as spectacular.
I saw a marmot up above treeline. He was moving to quick for me to get a picture of him. This is the first one I have ever seen. SHORTCUT thinks she saw was a mountain lion up there to. But I missed it. She was in the process of taking a shortcut when she noticed it so I couldn’t see it from my spot on the trail.
It seems like things have gotten even drier out here. We’re could no longer walk right behind each other because of the dust that would kick up with our steps.
SOULFLOWER picked us up and another hiker as well and took us into the town of Leadville to a hostel to get cleaned up.