7/27/15 Day 94 Lava Mountain Lodge M1922 7789′

Cabin – Nights Spent Alone: 11

0, 1756.9 Trip Miles

Mostly Sunny

Day’s of Snow: 8 – Day’s of Rain: 35 – Days of Hail: 17

# 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





Critter Count

1 Ground Squirrels (not on trail)


1) 533 Pronghorn*

2) 383 Elk*7

3) 204 Chipmunks *5

4) 168 Deer*2

5) 152 Marmot*4

6) 120 Lizards*6

7) 116 Wild Horses

8) 82 Squirrels *9

9) 57 Ground Squirrels*10

10) 52 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) 3 Porcupine

20)  2 Fox

21) 2 Rattle Snakes

22) 2 Toads

23) 1 Badger

24) 1 Mouse

25) 1 Skunk

26) 1 Weasel

*184 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

Today was an unexpected day off since I hiked the 40 miler the other day. I also had to wait for a package from Fedex. I decided I was tired of constantly worrying about whether or not my solar charger was one, still attached to my pack and two, that it was getting sunlight. I found a power pack from Anker that claimed to charge the iPhone 6+ four times faster. It was only a few ounces heavier than my solar charger. I also only have one or two stretches that are more than 4 days. I almost never drain my battery in a day so I’m thinking this should be the ticket.

I organized my gear, trimmed my sleeping pad down, charged my phone and the power pack, watched a movie on Netflix (a first ever on any trail. Having a smart phone is a double edge sword.), had probably my first personally cooked hot lunch ever but I can’t be sure on that one, washed my rain gear for the first time ever, then I spent the rest of the afternoon talking to She-ra who I met on West Ridge going into Breckenridge.

We talked for hours then went to the restaurant for dinner. She is taking a different route tomorrow but we should bump into each other at some point throughout the day.

It’s raining now and rained/hailed earlier. There was reports of snow north of here. I thought I was done with that shit! The challenges never stop on the monster of a trail.


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