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Scott "Voyageur / Voyager" Piddington
City: Sanbornton
State: New Hampshire
Country: United States
Begins: Jun 26, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jun 26th, 2015
Start: Targhee Pass, US-20, from Driggs
End: Meadow near Watkins Creek
Daily Distance: 10
Trip Distance: 10.0
Entry Lat: 44.73618
Entry Lng: -111.35034

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 431
Journal Visits: 12,006
Guestbook Views: 679
Guestbook Entrys: 18

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First day

This was a big day. Up at 6:45am. Started postholer journal. Loaded fixed version of Guthook.
The new update of Guthook's CDT mapping GPS app for smart phones wasn't showing the trail on my device. Alice at High Sierra Attitude never gave up on fixing the bug in the Guthook App. For weeks she has been patching and I have been testing. She finally figured it out just in time for my hike The trail width had been represented by an integer calculated from the screen rfesolution. If the calculation was less than 1 then the integer result was zero. Oops. Now it is a decimal number and if less than 1 then. It is set to 1. Hope all you programmers out there appreciate this. I wrote code for 17 good years.
Woke Troy by 9. Checked out of motel in Driggs, Idaho. Grocery shopped for this first stint and for a section near Butte Montana. We repackage and sorted our food at fedex and ship one foot cube box to Homestake Lodge outside Butte. We packed our Packs at Super 8. Abby and Mike are staying another night. We got huge sandwiches at the grocery store deli. Head out on the drive north at 2:30 or 3.
Beautiful ride to Targhee Pass. We drove through Macks Inn which I hiked through in 2011. We Got to Targhee pass at 5pm. Then every one on the road seemed to stop too. We took Photos of us all. The hike began.
I felt the thin air on the first little climb. The trail left the pass on dirt road continuing for1.5 miles. Sun hat, glasses, and block were a must from the start. Temps were in the 80s. Light breezes. Perfect.
Laddy summitted Lionhead peak from a pass by just cross country. I stayed on the trail a couple hundred feet lower at 9300 feet, really feeling the altitude. We met on the other side where he spotted 4 mountain goats! Way cool. Lots of photos. Actually he missed the summit somehow I learned days later.
I needed to get down from the pass fast. The sun drops below another peak. Switchbacks. Down. Near the bottom of the switchbacks I am feeling quite sick. I loose part off lunch and feel much better. We make camp in a meadow near Watkins creek just as the light fails around 9:30pm.
Great day!

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CDT 2015 Idaho/Montana

"The road ahead leads ever on
down from my door where it began
to where many paths and errands meet." - JRR Tolkien
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