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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
Begins: May 1, 2018
Date: Tue, Jun 26th, 2018
Start: CDT Mile 1320.0
End: CDT Mile 1334.7
Daily Distance: 14.7
Trip Distance: 797.4
Entry Visits: 240
Journal Visits: 40,183
Guestbook Views: 583
Guestbook Entrys: 21
More Wind, More Talus
The wind woke me up. Well, really it was my hammock being shaken by the trees that were being shaken by the wind that woke me up. The feeling is akin to being in a rowboat and is not at all unpleasant. It was about 3AM. I dozed on and off for the next two hours then decided to get up.
My first goal of today was to climb thirteen thousand foot James Peak, and find out if the north side was covered with snow and therefore not safe for me to descend. I was camped 2,000 vertical feet below the summit. After breakfast I started out with the sun on the rise.
A pretty consistent 25 mph wind was coming out of the WNW with gusts near 40. I crept up the broad apron of the south slope and after 2 hours I was on the summit. More importantly the north slope was essential snow free so I could continue. The view was amazing with a view of the western peaks and to the north the escarpment I would be walking along for most of today. The trail hugs the escarpment edge with snow cornices and sheer drops. All of this mostly above 12,000 feet.
The trail along the escarpment goes on for miles and I soon discovered there were a lot of Pointless Up & Downs (PUDs we call them). Yes the view was spectacular, but it was much the same all along as the trail hugged the rim. In fact, there was no trail for most of this, just a post every once in a while. I eventually decided to walk along the contour and save all the ups and downs. This meant crossing a lot of talus fields, but since there was no trail anyway, it was no different than going post to post, except I wasn’t going up and down as much.
This afternoon, after 4 days of traveling mostly above tree line, I finally dropped down into the Cabin Creek drainage. Back to the forest.
Tomorrow I’ll get within a dozen miles of Grand Lake and the next day my sister-in-law will hike in and meet me then take me to Denver for a flight back home the day after that. My journey for this year is almost at and end.
SlowBro's Continental Divide Trail Journey
"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone
"The Journey IS The Reward" -SlowBro
"If you feel like quitting, just keep walking." -Gypsy Spirit
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