6/28/15 Day 65, Tennessee Pass M1829.3 to M2853.2  10,508′

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 7

23.9, 1195.5 Trip Miles

Mostly Sunny, thunder and rain after 7 pm

Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 20 – Days of Hail: 11

# of Zero days: 6

6:12 am to 6:34 pm

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



Critter Count

4 Marmot

2 Squirrels

1 Chipmunks


1) 530 Pronghorn*

2) 169 Elk

3) 119 Lizards

4) 116 Wild Horses

5) 114 Chipmunks

6) 75 Deer**

7) 40 Cotton Tail Rabbits

8) 37 Squirrels

9) 35 Ground Squirrels

10) 33 Marmot****

11) 28 Prairie Dogs

12) 22 Horny Roads

13) 17 Jack Rabbit***

14) 11 Moose

15) 8 Snakes

16) 8 Pika

17) 4 Coyotes

18) 5 Moles

19) 2 Fox

20) 2 Porcupine

21) 2 Rattle Snakes

22) 2 Toads

23) 1 Mouse

24) 1 Skunk

25) 1 Weasel

*181 from car, **3 from car, ***1 from car, ****2 from car

Today was a long day in mileage but it didn’t hurt like the other long days of late. The tread was good and the climbs mellow.

I woke up slow and had a hard time getting in a groove at first. I stopped a lot. Once I caught The Gumps my stops were less and for good reasons like snacks and water. I drank much more than usual.

Today I hiked through the Holy Cross and Mount Massive Wildernesses. There wasn’t a lot of views but we did have some really nice ones. The big news was the mosquitoes. they were very aggressive and plentiful. A gentleman in one  of the parking lots I crossed through gave me some natural bug repellent and it help with the second half of my day.

I passed Maine Guy and Delightful during the day and while in camp enjoying my sixth fire of the trip Lint strolled by. The Gumps and I sat around the fire with our umbrellas up as it started to rain. We enjoyed the fire for quite a while in the rain. It did stop at one point but started again.

Tomorrow I climb Mt. Elbert. It’s the highest peak in Colorado and the second highest in the lower 48.


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