6/15/15 Day 52
Middle Fork Arapahoe Creek M1592.7 to M1615.9 9625′
Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 7
26.5, 985.3 Trip Miles
Mostly Sunny w/ rain late
Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 17
# of Zero days: 5
6:30 am to 7:34 pm
Gila Crossings Final Total: 221
Tick Count: 4 (3 more crawling on me)
116 Wild Horses
37 Cotton Tail Rabbits
32 Ground Squirrels
22 Horny Roads
19 Prairie Dogs
17 Jack Rabbit***
2 Rattle Snakes
*181 from car, **3 from car, ***1 from car, ****2 from car
Long tough day.
I’m feeling the elevation for sure. Anytime over 9500′ I start to slow down. Add my exhaustion and I’m crawling up the steep climbs.
Last night was cold as expected. We got an early start but as usual the miles came hard. We made it to Troublesome Pass and had lunch. We decide we would eat fast and try to take the trail over Parkview Mountain. The going was slow and as we gained the ridge to the summit it started to rain. We stopped to wait it out and decide if we should go back and take the bad weather detour.
We finally decided to go for it and I didn’t get ten feet before the first thunder cracked. I promptly turned 180 degrees and we headed for the detour. The detour was 100% snow free despite being mostly north facing.
We made good time but once we gained the CDT again the thunder&lightening started. We raced down to the road to find a flat spot but there was nothing. We ended up going another two miles before we found an okay spot. I’m totally falling to the right. I HATE unflat camp spots.
I almost fell today. I mounted a tall log to get over it. Once on top I squatted down to get lower. It was too tall to step off. I was attempting to slip one foot out and as I did the bark on the tree ripped off. I slipped down, smashed my tail bone and jammed my right wrist. Butt is sore but wrist seems okay now.
Just yet another day of beautiful views and long testing miles. Like yesterday with the snow at the end of the day, today we had rain and it dampened my mood going into camp. I was moving good most of the day and feel better than I had lately.
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