Miles: 14
Camp: CDT mile 650
Elevation at camp: 11800 ft

It was a long day today. We started out at 7:30 after saying goodbye to Pink and LB. They were rockstar trail angels and it was super fun to have them around for the last few lazy days. We have to get hiking though, snow or not, and with the extra weight of our snow gear and 7 days worth of food we went for it…slowly.

It stayed out pretty easy with minimal snow and killer views, but after 4 miles it was time to wear our snowshoes. The snow was deep and postholing a chore…but the terrain was changing and sometimes there was snow and sometimes not. We took off or snowshoes and kept them off until well after lunch.

I ended up postholing in such a way that my foot was completely trapped in the snow, twice. One time Handstand had to help dig me out. This is why we hike in a group for this section…and it makes for real slow going sometimes.

After our afternoon break we wore our snowshoes but ended up postholing in them too. We now see the benefit of waking up early to hike before the snow turns to mashed potatoes. The end of the day was hard going, and we struggled with very wet feet from very wet snow. Handstand even postholed into a lake up to his hips. When Titan tried to help him, he nearly went in too. The dangers are real, and we are acutely aware. Tomorrow we plan to get up at 4:00am and hike until 3:00…hopefully we can get some miles in and avoid wearing ourselves out again.

That said, it was a beautiful day and I love the mountains. I’m going to watch the sunset and pass directly out. Until tomorrow.

Dinner: ramen with turkey, mushrooms, garlic and green powder.

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