7/2/15 Day 69, Meadow M1915.7  to Hunt Lake M1938.3 11,470′

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 7

22.6, 1278.7 Trip Miles

Mostly Cloudy, Rain, thunder&lightening

Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 22 – Days of Hail: 12

# of Zero days: 6

6:12am to 5:03 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

8 Chipmunks

8 Pika

5 Elk

6 Marmot

1 Squirrel

1 Deer


1) 530 Pronghorn*

2) 244 Elk

3) 129 Chipmunks

4) 119 Lizards

5) 116 Wild Horses

6) 77 Deer**

7) 53 Marmot****

8) 42 Squirrels

9) 40 Cotton Tail Rabbits

10) 35 Ground Squirrels

11) 30 Prairie Dogs

12) 22 Horny Roads

13) 19 Pika

14) 17 Jack Rabbit***

15) 11 Moose

16) 8 Snakes

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

Well it wasn’t as bad as San Pedro but last nights thunder&lightening storm keep me up and a bit scared. I was at 12,400′ and there was zero trees around me.

I got up early mostly due to not sleeping. I went over four passes. Two were just small but the  the last, Chalk Creek was a bit larger. Going over Chalk Creek I had thunder storms on either side of the two ridges encircling the valley I was in.

It was a quick 22 miles but I still felt like a slug on the steep climbs. I could have kept going instead of stopping at 5 pm but the idea of hiking higher in the rain didn’t sound fun. It also thundered off and on until around 6:30.

When I got to camp I put up my tent then started a small fire. I was quite chilled and wanted some comfort. Big Foot and Atlas, two NoBo’s stopped by camp to say hello. They looked very fresh and motivated. I wish I could say the same.

It started to rain on me so I finished dinner in my tent. Just after finishing I heard something. It was Rafiki, Son and Pop. We’re all camped together once again. Tomorrow it’s a short 8 miles to Monarch Crest.


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