Our last day. With mixed emotions, we packed up our gear and tent for the last time on the CDT. We again wore all our layers and climbed into the sunshine, peeling off the extra clothes… Read More
The pale, glowing half moon lit the night sky. I shivered in my down cocoon, watching. Outside, a frost formed on the meadow. The sun reached our meadow as we packed up. Even so, we hik… Read More
A narrow sliver of sunlight pierced the dark grey veil of clouds that shrouded our little valley. The mountains came alive, basking in the light and warmth. The still pond near our camp refl… Read More
I watched the first light as it slowly worked its way down the mountain. The warm light touched the meadow, melting the morning frost. But it could not reach our little camp, tucked away in… Read More
A lone marmot posed on a rock like a yogi, surveying the valley belowIn his own version of the sun salutation pose. We caught only glimpses of the sun through a thin curtain of grey cloud, b… Read More
The beginning of the end. Our final section to complete the CDT. We met several people within the first few miles: a pair of mountain bikers careening around a blind corner, two weekend… Read More
A lone elk barked his wake up call near the lake. The clouds had cleared in the night, and a nearly full, pale gold moon lit the dawn sky. A mist rose from the lake as the sun began to rise… Read More
There is one item that doesn't appear on anyone's CDT gear list, yet should be mandatory equipment: a machete. Even in a relatively popular wilderness area like South San Juan Wilderness, th… Read More
After a delicious breakfast at the Boxcar Cafe, we headed back up to Cumbres Pass, elevation 9,980 feet. We passed under the railroad tracks and began to climb. We will be above 10,000… Read More
"This is awesome!" Sierra effused. The first golden rays of sunshine gently woke the bright yellow sunflowers that lined the trail. From our vantage point on the ridge we had a perfect… Read More
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