CDT Day 127 (WY – Rawlins to Steamboat)

Sobo Wars: Revenge of The Altitude

  • CDT Miles: 1,537.4-1,511.1 (26.3)
  • Total Hiked: 2,095.2 miles
  • Elevation Range: 8,640-11,000

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau (according to my Backpacker Pantry meal packaging anyways)

“It’s over Anakin. I have the high ground.”

“You under estimate my power!” – Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)

I did a lot of waking up and moving around in my sleep. Couldn’t get comfortable. My spot was a bit slanted and the wind up in the trees was pretty aggressive. Happy down below I had nice blockage though to protect me.

I was curious to see what the sky looked like when I got up. It hadn’t cleared like I’d hoped, but also wasn’t raining and didn’t seem to have rained overnight. It sort of seemed like a continuation of the night before… big dark clouds just moving through. It took me a little longer packing up since some things were wet from yesterday still and I had to think about where to put everything.

6:33am I hit the trail. I was happy things opened up right away as opposed to a wet overgrown forest walk. Was quite beautiful with the sun and the clouds squabbling over the space in the sky.

See, quite beautiful indeed, right? The terrain starting out and for a while in the morning was these sort of open rolling mega hill/mountains. Up and down, and then repeat. It’s the style of trail that Cheer and a Snickers had warned me about being in Colorado just on a slightly smaller scale I imagine. The big stuff lies ahead!

Around 8:15am I took this last pic of the openness, looking down at the trail and where I’d enter into the forest. This, in my mind, ended the sort of transition between the basin and the mountains of Medicine Bow National Forest…

Then, nice forest stuff…

My breakfast for this stretch is granola and dehydrated milk, newly discovered on the CDT for me. I’ve been liking it. Also new to me is the mixing of my super latte mocha supreme right in my bottle. I find that shaking it up (not stirred) gives it a nice consistency.

About a mile before my breakfast stop, I’d started going up en route to Bridger Peak. Afterwards, Icontinued up. At times it was steep, but elsewhere it wasn’t so bad. I think it was something like 2,000 feet gain over 7 miles. To help me up, I got tunes going.

I also had an unexpected hiker encounter. Midway up the mountain, I saw a hiker coming down. I recognized him right away as Tinker who I’d met at a Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. We chatted for a bit. He says he’s pretty sure he has the privilege of being the last nobo hiker. Sounds like he’s shooting to make it to Yellowstone this year, but the elevation in Colorado was tough stuff. So that’s what I have to look forward to. There goes Tinker…

Some of the uphill…

I made it up to the peak, which had a radio tower on it, around 1pm. Had a bit of cell service for a change, so caught up on a few things and then had lunch tucked away behind a wind block. Even so, I got cold! All day today I was putting layers on and then off and then back on. With the sun and clouds changing, the wind hitting me at times, super uphill vs more gentle stuff, it was just tough to regulate.

Here’s the afternoon stuff…

Big meadows 🙂

I pushed it a bit late again today, but found this nice spot. Set up quick and got to eating!

Album of the Day

“The Unruly Mess I’ve Made” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (2016)

Podcast of the Day

“The Spy Who Signed Me” – 30 For 30 Podcasts

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