CDT mile 1035, miles hiked 25
We rolled out of camp like a well-oiled machine we knew the morning was going to be easy miles down to the valley to grab water and then a gentle climb up to where the CDT and CT would split. As we descended into the valley it looked like a rainbow gathering; all sorts of tents, bbq’s, leftover remnants of a drum circle etc….
As we began our climb up we saw many a Colorado Trail hikers coming down. One, in particular, made me feel like a celebrity he said are you hiking the CDT? Yes and then he said hey I read your blog you’re the guy from the dago diaries. It was pretty cool to know a stranger actually reads my blog, his trail name is Seven because he has climbed the seven summits. That to me was amazing but he said what I was doing is. After that, we climbed.
When I got to the split there was no sign of Buttercup he took the CT for a bit before realizing his mistake. Once Cheezy made the climb we all ate lunch and then started in on our above treeline ridge walk. I’ll let the pictures do the talking today, we are camped at 13,000′ preparing for 7 more miles of ridge walking then a climb up Grays and Torres peaks two 14’ers.
A few highlights today: our first mountain goats of the trip, crazy folks out on jeep safari, a knife edge that would make any mountain proud, and the company of good friends.