8/3/15 Day 101 – Hillside M2117.8 to Camp at Salamander Lake M2148.5 8183′

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 15

30.7, 1952 Trip Miles

Sunny and stiflingly HOT

6:38 – 7:15pm

Day’s of Snow: 8 – Day’s of Rain: 35 – Days of Hail: 17

# of Zero days: 11

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Wanted List

Mountain Goat

Grizzly Bear


Black Bear

Bighorn Sheep


Mountain Lion

Beaver – SPOTTED




Critter Count

8 Chipmunks

1 Deer


1) 613 Pronghorn*

2) 384 Elk*7

3) 259 Chipmunks *5

4) 171 Deer*2

5) 152 Marmot*4

6) 120 Lizards*6

7) 116 Wild Horses

8) 92 Squirrels *9

9) 60 Ground Squirrels*10

10) 54 Pika

11) 46 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 Fox

21) 2 Rattle Snakes

22) 2 Toads

23) 1Beaver

24) 1 Badger

25) 1 Mouse

26) 1 Skunk

27) 1 Weasel

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

Today was a day most spent in my head. I know, you’re thinking isn’t that what he must do everyday? Honestly some days or for most of a day I can turn it off and just motor along. Not today.

I planned to do around 25-27 miles and as the day went on I never thought it would happen. As it turns out I did 30.7. The day was mostly out in the open but luckily the sun was stunted by clouds or maybe smoke from fires. Speaking of fires I have one going now. Just felt like having one.

I met a ton of Flippers and some true SOBOs. Short Stack and Action, Andy and Leah, Memphis, Blue Jay, Veggie, Jeff, E.D (Easily Distracted), The Darkness, Patrick and Jeanne, and Skallywag. I last saw E.D in the Gila, Slallywag on the way into Grants and Memphis in Grants.


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