8/8/15 Day 106 – Saddle M2264.5 to Bannock Pass M2276 7683′

Motel  – Nights Spent Alone: 15

11.5, 2082.5 Trip Miles

6:33 to 10:19am

Day’s of Snow: 9 – Day’s of Rain: 38 – Days of Hail: 18

# of Zero days: 11

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Wanted List

Mountain Goat

Grizzly Bear

Sasquatch

Black Bear

Bighorn Sheep

Velociraptor

Mountain Lion

Beaver – SPOTTED

Unicorn

Wolf

Buffalo

Critter Count

2 Cotton Tails (not on trail)

1 Chipmunk (not on trail)

Totals

1) 618 Pronghorn*

2) 434 Elk*7

3) 270 Chipmunks *5

4) 174 Deer*2

5) 153 Marmot*4

6) 120 Lizards*6

7) 116 Wild Horses

8) 95 Squirrels *9

9) 61 Ground Squirrels*10

10) 55 Pika

11) 48 Cotton Tail Rabbits *8

12) 30 Prairie Dogs

13) 22 Horny Toads

14) 17 Jack Rabbit*3

15) 14 Moose

16) 8 Snakes

17) 5 Coyotes

18) 5 Moles

19) 4 Porcupine

20)  2 Mouse

21) 2 Fox

22) 2 Rattle Snakes

23) 2 Toads

24) 1 Beaver

25) 1 Badger

26) 1 Skunk

27) 1 Weasel -Long Tail

*259 from car, *2 – 48 from car, *3 – 1 from car, *4 – 2 from car, *5 – 2 off trail, *6 – 1 off trail, *7 – 9 from car, *8 – 3 off trail *9 – 1 from car, *10 – 5 off trail

Amazing sunset that by mid sleep became a full on down pour with high winds. The storm lasted all night and into the morning. The results was packing up a very wet and dirty tent and very cold hiking.

As Toast and I climbed Elk Mtn the rain changed to snow a few times and then back to driving rain. We were hiking at least 3.5+ mph just to keep warm. It was a tough morning of hiking. Our ride was for 11 am but we hiked so fast we were 45 minutes early. We would wait a full hour as our ride was late. Both Toast and I sat next to a truck in the parking lot. We each took a wheel to help block the wind some. I almost fell asleep at one point.

In town we unpacked and then went to the diner for lunch. A quick stop at the store for a soda and snacks produce a pizza being ordered for dinner time. The rest of the afternoon was spent doing town logistics.

Lott showed up later with Bailey and stayed with us. The pizza was okay and we hung on the front porch like locals until retiring to our room. I watched some Netflix and packed for the early start.

Scatman

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