7/4/15 Day 71, Saddle M1958.4 to Upper Razor Creek Park M1984.2 11,203′

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 9

25.8, 1326.6 Trip Miles

Mostly Sunny, Rain after 8 pm

Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 23 – Days of Hail: 13

# of Zero days: 6

6:36 to 6:45 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

3 Squirrels

2 Deer

2 Chipmunks


1) 530 Pronghorn*

2) 244 Elk

3) 131 Chipmunks

4) 119 Lizards

5) 116 Wild Horses

6) 81 Deer**

7) 54 Marmot****

8) 45 Squirrels

9) 40 Cotton Tail Rabbits

10) 35 Ground Squirrels

11) 30 Prairie Dogs

12) 22 Horny Roads

13) 20 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

I can’t say I slept well last night. Maybe it was because it was the first night alone in a long time. Tonight is another solo night. Well if you don’t count the hordes of mosquitoes.

I woke up feeling good but by 11:30 am I was exhausted. I ended up taking a trail side nap. Because of the flies I didn’t actually fall asleep. It did refresh me a tiny bit.

I wish I knew what the issue was. I’m just wiped out. I can go down hill and walk the flats just fine. I just don’t have the lungs or legs to climb. It’s effecting me mentally too. My opinion is its the elevation and my lack of food. I tried my best today to eat my daily ration but I didn’t eat it all. By the time I get to camp I’m too tired to want to eat.

I saw a couple dozen dirt bikes today. One group played leap frog with me over and over. They were very polite when passing.

There wasn’t crap for water today either. I’m sure that didn’t help me. I tanked up before I got to camp tonight, so at least I’ll start the day with plenty.


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