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No Butt
State: AZ
Country: US
Begins: Jul 1, 2015
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 9th, 2015
Start: Copper Mountain Ski Resort
End: beyond Camp Hale
Daily Distance: 17.4
Trip Distance: 31.8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 341
Journal Visits: 8,631
Guestbook Views: 403
Guestbook Entrys: 6

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Ski slope hiking

Good start

It turned out to be a good decision to spend yesterday in Frisco. It
rained all day, with clouds covering the mountain tops. Around dinner, the
sun finally peeked thru a little. Cabin fever!
We caught the first bus (6:30) this morning back to Copper Mt. Still lots
of clouds but there was also a bit of sun. By 7, we were hiking up the
trail. The trail continued to skirt the ski area as it climbed. A good
amount of mud on the trail and the brush was wet.
The first part of the hike gradually climbed thru forest. Saw a beautiful
4-point buck and a snowshoe rabbit. We met a thru named Dalin, who was
contemplating quitting. He is hiking solo, and not enjoying the
solitude. We invited him to join us and he was pleasant company the rest
of the day.
We finally got above treeline. The sparse rays of sun with the dark clouds
made for wonderful lighting. We reached Searle Pass by 11 and took a short
break. When storms are ever threatening, one doesn't relax for long above
treeline.
We did a long traverse across slopes covered with wildflowers. The trail
gradually climbed to a high point on Elk Ridge. It felt tough carrying
the full packs at altitude, but we continued to make reasonable time.
By 12:30, we reached Kokomo Pass. Time for a quick bite to eat. There
were great views of the huge Climax Mine outside of Leadville, as well as
the Holy Cross Wilderness. 2 thus joined us at the Pass, Ryan and Kent.
They were deaf, but had good lip reading skills. I remembered a bit of the
sign alphabet, and we had a pleasant time enjoying each other's company.
Alas, the clouds were still hanging around, so we all continued down into
the trees.
Another break for a real meal at a creek crossing. We passed the campsite
I shared with a family last year. We followed old roads down to a forest
service road then onward to Camp Hale.
Camp Hale is a WWll winter training camp. About the only thing that
remains are some bunkers where munitions were stored. An interesting piece
of history.
The sprinkles were starting so we moved on to our camp for tonight.
Right now, it's thundering and raining but we are snug in our tent.
Yesterday, I booked us a reservation for Salida. Unfortunately, space was
only available if we hike in a day early. So we will have to average 15
miles per day or better to reach that resupply point on time.
Time to sleep...I'm tired!

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