CDT Day 141 (Colorado) - "By Your Powers Combined": I finally connected up with the Colorado Trail and what a joy this trail is. Beautiful stuff on the way down to Breckenridge/Frisco where I decided to stay a night at Fireside Inn.
CDT Day 140 (Colorado) - "Such Great Heights": Wow! I think this will stand as the gnarliest day of elevation hiking on the CDT. Took on Grays Peaks, the highest point on the CDT afterall. Plus, the Argentine Spine and a rollercoaster of other mountains.
CDT Day 139 (Colorado) - "To I-70 And Beyond!": Some awesome morning ridge walking up to another 13'er, the crossing of the monstrous Interstate 70, and setting up camp for an early climb up the high point of the CDT the next day.
CDT Day 138 (Colorado) - "Flora, Fraser, and Fury": Beautiful weather makes for beautiful hiking. I got to get atop another 13'er today, resupply in Fraser/Winter Park, and then jump back up to beauty stuff around 12,000 feet. Did come across some ugly mining though, that's the fury!
CDT Day 137 (Colorado) - "James and the Giant Thumb": lot of activity today climbing up to Devil's Thumb, cruising around up high around 12,000 feet in the openness, summiting James Peak, and then go down and back up to a sweet tent site.
CDT Day 136 (Colorado) - "Colorful Colorado Lake Views": A very pleasant day leaving Grand Lake. Some nice flat-ish stuff along the lake shores compared to what I've been doing. Even some reminiscing of familiar places.
CDT Day 135 (Colorado) - "Shadowcliff": A bit NM of reflection and pause in the action staying at Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge in Grand Lake. Wonderful stay here and can't say enough good things about the staff and volunteers.
CDT Day 134 (Colorado) - "RMNP: Flattop and the Trail of Cairns": Wow! A special day in Rocky Mountain National Park. Pika, elk, tundra views, a glacier, and just all the feels up high. Pumped I went through the permit shenanigans to make this happen.
CDT Day 133 (Colorado) - "RMNP: A Permit For July": All my scheming and pushing for my Rocky Mountain National Park hiking was to either come to fruition today or be all for naught.
CDT Day 132 (Colorado) - "Big Animals and Big Ascents": Quite the day on trail. Pushed myself pretty hard getting overtop Parkview Mountain and Bowen Pass. Some some moose and elk and it was awesome.
CDT Day 131 (Colorado) - "Sunny Among And Above the Aspens": A wonderful day, but long and tough with a lot of elevation gain. The views were pretty sweet with a lot of open yellowish grass in the higher elevations.
CDT Day 130 (Colorado) - "Sobo Wars: A New Hope?": Today I got the awesome experience of hiking along with a bunch of runners in the Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile race! Changed up my plans to make Steamboat a in and out rather than overnight and kept trekking.
CDT Day 129 (Colorado) - "Star Wars: Revenge of The Altitude": Time to go up to near 12,000 feet. The power of the high elevation weather showed it's stuff today and I just held on for the ride. Crazy, awesome day on the CDT.
CDT Day 128 (Wyoming and Colorado) - "Sobo Wars: Return of the Stevie (to CO)": I made it back to Colorado! Woohoo. More weather to overcome, and prevented the typical views, but that's the way it goes yam saying?
CDT Day 127 (Wyoming) - "Sobo Wars: Revenge of The Altitude": I'm starting to go up, getting to 11,000 feet already. A big change from the basin. Lots of big meadows in the afternoon and still some uncertain weather.
CDT Day 126 (Wyoming) - "Sobo Wars: Attack of the Roads": Wowsers, a big day today. Cruised through the basin and saw some more wildlife and open views. Got into the Medicine Bow National Forest and started going up.
CDT Day 125 (Wyoming) - "Sobo Wars: The Phantom Water": My first day starting out solo and sobo. I'm off to try and tackle as much of the CDT that's left as I can before winter comes. Wish me luck!
CDT Days 122-124 (Montana and Wyoming) - "The Great CDT Road Trip": Before mom and dad head home, they offered to drive me south to Rawlins where I'll pick up the trail again. En route, we saw some sights and had fun hanging for a few days and getting everything ready to start hiking again
CDT Bonus Post - What Now? - "Operation Oreo": Operation Oreo is a go. I'm planing to make my way down the S. Wyoming and keep trekking. Looks like I get to do another road trip with Dave H and Sheryl to get down there.
CDT Day 121 (Montana) - "GNP: Through the Wilderness": We had something like 10 miles left to get to the parking area. Things had gone cloudy and we moved quickly to stay warm. Found Fix It and then the home team got us picked up just as planned!
CDT Day 120 (Montana) - "GNP: Headed Out": After an awesome day reaching our goal of Canada, we now retreated out back the way we'd come. Same spots, different perspectives. Lots of fun and our last night in Glacier NP together.
CDT Day 119 (Montana): " O Canada!": Well folks, here we are. The day we hike to the Canadian border. Will we make it? Will the wildlife stop us? Or the super climb up Stoney Indian Pass? Maybe we'll turn on one another and fall into shambles? Nay.
CDT Day 118 (Montana) - "GNP: Tunnel Vision": after changing our permit up, we parted from the red line onto the Ptarmigan Trail. Got to go through a tunnel, see many gorgeous lakes, and even came across an unexpected but powerful-looking waterfall.
CDT Day 117 (Montana) - "GNP: Piegan, Lakes, & Fee Glaciers": Things kicked off with some headlight walking up and then up more, about 3,000 miles to Piegan Pass. Profound awe. Made our way past crazy blue lakes to Many Glacier Campground and made some moves to change up our permit.
CDT Day 116 (Montana) - "GNP: Ralph, St. Mary, & Waterfalls": Before even making it out of camp, another animal encounter. Then, it was on to the giant St. Mary Lake and surrounding waterfalls. A bit of smoke haze, but still an incredible day.
CDT Day 115 (Montana) - "GNP: The Triple Divide": As the title suggests, today was a climb up to Triple Divide Pass, which signifies the split of three different major water drainage systems. More spectacular Glacier stuff...
CDT Day 114 (Montana) - "GNP: Setting Forth - Scenic Point & Pitamakan": Our first full day backpacking in Glacier was spectacular! Wildlife, views, and even a visit with Dave H and Sheryl. What a day!
CDT Day 113 (Montana) - "Permits, Parents, and Preparations": Last zero day before making trekking up to Canada. Good times getting things ready and resting up for the stretch. Amazingly, some 30 new hikers showed up at the hostel.
CDT Day 112 (Montana) - "Excellent Guests in East Glacier): About 16 more miles to finish out the stretch and make it to town. Stopped to get snacks and then surprise, a visit from some special guests!
CDT Day 111 (Montana) - "Running With Owls & 2 Medicated Bears": Had a blast detouring up a mountain today, complete with interesting sink hole cave things. After alternating along the Two Medicine River, had my first Grizzly Bear sitings!
CDT Day 110 (Montana) - "Bobbo Series - Ep. 4 "Reunion & Departure": Continued on my solo expedition through the Bob. Lots of burned stuff today, but eventually found the team and we trekked on to an awesome campsite.
CDT Day 109 (Montana) - "Bobbo Series: 'The Other Wall'": It's pretty fun not knowing what to expect each day. Creating a route based on other hikers comments, I pieced together an awesome stretch of trail. Plus, one of most beautiful sunrises on trail.
CDT Day 108 (Montana) - "Bobbo Series: Ep. 2 'The Wall'": One of the top 108 days on trail today folks! Got to experience the Chinese Wall and all it's wonder and glory.
CDT Day 107 (Montana) - "Bobbo Series: Ep. 1 "Exodus": Rejuvenated after our stay in Augusta, the team and a group of other hikers made our way back to the CDT. Our first day hiking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness was a beaut including scenic rivers, a black beard horse trains, and a late night lightning spectacle.
CDT Day 106 (Montana) - "Alluring Augusta": Just a quick little town of our nice stay in Augusta. I think each of us really felt the need for a full day of rest and relaxation.
CDT Day 105 (Montana) - "Fleeing Dementors Straightforwardly": After three evenings of dealing with wet clothes and gear, and having some morning dog envelop us, we made a call to push into town rather than spend another night on trail.
CDT Day 104 (Montana) - "Down to the Dearborn": An all around pretty spectacular day. Got some high elevation big Montana mountain views as well as down in the valley views. Hot weather as well as cold, hail, and rainy. What fun will tomorrow bring?
CDT Day 103 (Montana) - "The Yurt and the Hailstorm": Today kicked off with a wet morning packing up, then a neat cloud stream through a shallow pass. A unexpected visit tona yurt, some rollercoaster ridge hiking and to top off the day, a pretty extreme bit of hail and cold rain.
CDT Day 102 (Montana) - "Manifesting Momentum Marveling At Mounds": A memorable day on trail cruising along with Cheer over the many open and exposed mounds of Montana. Awesome stuff!
CDT Day 101 (Montana) - "The Ridge, Nevada, The Tower, and Dave's": A pretty awesome day of solo hiking til I caught up with that others at a Outfitters Place. Things seem to be looking up!
CDT Day 100! (Montana) - "On the Up and Up": My first full day hiking dealing with the Covid. Since slept in, Cheer and Snickers moved ahead and I hiked solo. Pretty sunrise and sunset and cute little cow I shared some water with...
CDT Day 99 (Montana) - "Making A Go At It": After resting up dealing with the Covid, I felt up for making a go at hiking out. Reuniting with Cheer and Snickers, we pushed onwards, me in the back keeping my space at a trudging pace.
CDT Day 98 (MT - Helena) "Sheltering During a Meltering": Not much to today's post. Just an update on how I'm doing after finding out the Covid news yesterday, and my plans for getting back on trail again.
CDT Day 97 (MT - Anaconda to Helena) "Finally Getting Got": After a nice sleep in, a bit of a slog of 6 miles hiking, things took an unexpected turn in town. Didn't see this one coming... bit of a curve ball.
CDT Day 96 (MT - Anaconda to Helena) "Thunderbolt, Green Ground, and T Magic": Making them miles, we continue north. A high of the day was some wonder trail magic, the downer came at the end when hanging food up in the tree.
CDT Day 95 (MT - Anaconda to Helena) - "Back on the Red Line": After the big Anaconda Alternate, we found our way back to the red line today and were greeted by some nice forest, open mountain-sides and giant valley view below.
CDT Day 94 (MT - Anaconda to Helena) - "Road Walking Outta Town": Not the most glamorous of days on the CDT, all road walking today. Even so, there's beauty in the views and in the unique and unexpected things you find along the way, and in the nice strangers you interact with.
CDT Day 93 (MT - Anaconda) - "The Zero, the Hut, and the Dentist": Having pushed to get in yesterday, I enjoyed a full day of hanging in town and resting up. Got stuff done, ate lots of food, and yes made a trip to the dentist today!
CDT Day 92 (Montana) - "Stormy Spider Web Twins Into Anaconda": Stormy Lake Pass, Stormy Lake, Twin Lake Pass, Twin Lakes, and a road walk into the town of Anaconda. Big mileage day, but pretty cruisy miles. Happy for a town day!
CDT Day 91 (Montana) - "Taste the Rainbow": Another stunning day in the Pintlers with a series of serious ups and downs, including Warren Lake, Cutaway Pass, Rainbow Mountain, and Goat Flat!