8/5/15 Day 103 – Lima M2172.3 to Saddle M2202 8661′

Tent  – Nights Spent Alone: 15

29.7, 2008.5 Trip Miles
Mostly Cloudy and Rain / Hail / lightening

7 am to 7:46

Day’s of Snow: 8 – Day’s of Rain: 37 – 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


Black Bear

Bighorn Sheep


Mountain Lion

Beaver – SPOTTED




Critter Count

5 Pringhorn

2 Deer

1 Chipmunks

1 Mouse


1) 618 Pronghorn*

2) 384 Elk*7

3) 264 Chipmunks *5

4) 174 Deer*2

5) 153 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 Mouse

21) 2 Fox

22) 2 Rattle Snakes

23) 2 Toads

24) 1Beaver

25) 1 Badger

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

I didn’t go to sleep until almost 11:30 pm. Then I couldn’t sleep. I woke up at 5 and was still very tired. The plan was to meet at 6:30 to car pool to the trail. It was Lot, Toast, Otter and myself. Otter was going south.

We were headed into what everyone calls the Roller Coaster. The next two sections are very up and down. To say the least my calves and quads got a work out today.

On the way to the trail I walked a dirt road. I saw a group of horses and there must have been at least 6-8 babies. They were so stinking cute and full of energy. I would have loved to stay and just watch them but I had miles to hike.

We would hike mostly together for the day. We passed Will from the UK, Shimmy who was 11.4 miles from completing his CDT hike, Fun Size and a kid named Jason. All were going south.

We got rained on three times and hailed on twice. It’s raining now for the fourth time. We’re on a ridge so it’s windy as shit too. Just typing this is making my hands cold. My tent should be step up 180 degrees. Hopefully it calms down soon.

I hit the 2000 mile mark today! Under 800 to go and only 32 days!


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