Miles: 23.3
Camp: CDT mile 969.3
Elevation at camp: 10800 feet

Another beautiful sunrise to wake up to, even if I didn’t sleep much last night. Sometimes I wonder if it’s elevation, as I was certainly tired enough last night. I tossed and turned, eventually getting some shut eye, though I would have preferred more.

The morning was quite beautiful though. I went over a pass to arrive at Cottonwood Pass where I could have hitched to the town of Buena Vista, but there was no need. I hiked into a beautiful valley where I stayed most of the morning. It had lots of trees and was well shaded. As it was a hot day, this was quite welcome.

After lunch I had to climb over Lake Ann Pass, a 1500 foot climb in 2 miles. Fortunately it had switchbacks, so it wasn’t a straight shot. It still took an hour to get up there, a slow and hot mile. It was beautiful from the top, but I had to overcome the obstacle of a snow wall…

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It was steep on both sides, but I had to pick a set of footprints and have faith that the snow would hold on. I missed Jerry, if only for the time it took to get over.

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After a successful descent, I had to navigate a steep mile of loose rocks. This made for even slower progress, and soon it was getting a little later than planned. I had hoped to make an early camp tonight, but wanted to make my miles…so I kept going.

The later part of the day was quite pleasant though, walking through a big shady forest next to a river. I crossed many streams and rivers, soon making it to a spot I decided to call home for the night. The lack of sleep last night and the tough navigation over the pass had finally caught me. I’m as close as I want to be to make it to Twin Lakes tomorrow, and I’m right on schedule. Twin Lakes isn’t a real town, but I have a resupply box and new shoes there. I’m really excited for the shoes! I have been getting lots of pain in the balls of my feet and toes lately, and Titan swears by the Altra Olympus for the cushioning. I had shoes at home ready to go, but I really want to try these out. I have a feeling they will provide lots of relief. Fingers crossed!

Should have some down time to focus on the blog a bit tomorrow…should.

Dinner: yakisoba noodles with jerky, veggies, coconut oil and lots of spices.

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Climbing up Lake Ann Pass

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Lake Ann and the Collegiates

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View from camp
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