Strange sign at Spring Creek Pass. Wonder if the sign was there before the tree was chopped?
John's pack double the size of mine.
Getting to the trailhead is always a victory for this bunch.
And so it begins. John told his wife "the more it sucks, the more fun it is. Its great when all those coping mechanisms surface."
The gate to Vermont (inside joke)
Aspens colors were awesome!
Segment 18 was mostly double track.
Still smiling after 12 miles.
Guy resting and poppin' some wood.
Team Ugly Shoes.
We didn't see a single person or vehicle.
Confetti aspen leaves.
After 20 miles we finally hit some water to refill.
Beavers were busy in this area.
Cool meandering streams.
Near the end of segment 19. We had a couple hours in the dark before camp.
Eric happy to finally be in the La Garita Wilderness.
A chilly morning, but we stayed pretty warm under this tree. I slept great considering I only slept 2hrs the night before.
Approaching San Luis saddle and several hours up high.
Much better views along segment 20 then the say before.
San Luis saddle with the gentle slopes up to 14,014ft San Luis.
Of course we went up there, nothing like a 38mile approach to a 14er!
Eric bet me a 6-pack to race to the top. I made it to the top in 29mins, beating him by 4mins. Thanks for the beer!
Second time up San Luis. Eric's 9th 14er.
We spent the next several hours near and above 12K, one saddle to the next, repeat.
San Luis in the top left, where we were several hours before.
Finally the end of segment 20, it was around 2pm and we still had 17 miles to go.
Peak 13,111 was "right there" so I boogied up there too.
8 miles to the car, it only took 54 miles to get to this sign!
Goodbye sun, as we approach 12,760ft along the Continental Divide.
Long shadows right before the sun disappeared and we trudged along Snow Mesa for hours.
Pretty sure ya can't miss this cairn.