7/31/15 Day 98 – 8S1 Campsite M2004.1 to Summit Lake OS1 M2034.1 8639′

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 13

30, 1869 Trip Miles

Sunny Blue Bird Day

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

Beaver – SPOTTED




Critter Count

13 Chipmunks

7 Squirrels

1 Ground Squirrel

1 Deer

1 Porcupine



1) 613 Pronghorn*

2) 383 Elk*7

3) 241 Chipmunks *5

4) 170 Deer*2

5) 152 Marmot*4

6) 120 Lizards*6

7) 116 Wild Horses

8) 89 Squirrels *9

9) 60 Ground Squirrels*10

10) 54 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) 4 Porcupine

20)  2 Fox

21) 2 Rattle Snakes

22) 2 Toads

23) 1Beaver

24) 1 Badger

25) 1 Mouse

26) 1 Skunk

27) 1 Weasel

*259 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

I ate breakfast with a beaver today! I had an assortment of hand selected cookies while my friend had himself a bushel of freshly cut willow. There was a chill in the air but neither of us minded. We just enjoyed each other’s company over a delicious meal.

I knew I had a long day ahead of me so I was flying for the first half of the day. I made it to Old Faithful before 12 pm. 20 miles in under 4 hours!

Even with all my speed I didn’t have the time I wanted to explore the geysers. I spent most of my 3 hours there at the PO, backcountry office or eating. None were exciting. Town stops are increasingly getting less exciting and less rest is being found.

I have a small rash on my left arm. I’m hoping it’s a bite as it’s been covered by my arm warmer for days. It’s very itchy. I’m also pretty tired. After Old Faithful I had 10 more hot miles of hiking and  3/4’s was uphill. My clothes really started to stink today. I’ve decided 4 days is the point where they start to really get grimy.

After setting up camp I went for a swim in the lake. It was wonderful. My first swim of the trip. I went naked…

Tonight it’s me and three southbounders: Axel, Last Chance and Second Chance.


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