I completed my LASH (long ass section hike) today. It’s been a hectic week and a half. On Tuesday September 8th we were hit but an early season snow storm. It caused us to hunker down until Friday September 11th when we escaped.

We got 12-15” of snow and 4-6” the next day. My tent was behind the Jeep but the second and third nights I slept in the Jeep while Justin slept above.

So instead of hiking it all southbound I flip-flopped from mile 2213 to my planned endpoint at Cuba NM at mile 2362 and hiked northbound.

At the spring 15 miles south if Cuba NM where I ended my 2016 thru-hike

Today I arrived back at mile 2213 and the scene of our three day blockage. I was done hiking 1060.6 miles. Justin and I are now heading home to Austin.

Happy to complete the long-ass section hike. What remains is about 1250 miles from South Pass City Wyoming to Glacier National Park and the Canadian birder

So much so little

So much has happened since I last posted. Each night I check for cell signal and nada. I’ve been taking pictures to post but I’ve forgotten why I took them. All I can say is I’m still hiking and I’m almost done with the grand state of Colorado. The mountains have been very tough. So much so that I’m taking a zero day (no hiking) in Pagosa Springs CO today to recover. Then tomorrow I’ll have about 70 miles and I’ll be in New Mexico

Early morning cairn marking the trail near a summit. Taken 8/27
Justin opening a can of green bean with the only tool he could find – a hatchet!
Watch the trail as it snakes up the mountain. Taken 8/14.

Passing by Rocky Mountain National Park

We didn’t have time to do much planning. Justin and I live one day at a time. So when he tried to get a wilderness pass to hike in RMNP we were unsuccessful. Instead there is a bypass AKA an alternative which I slack packed today. As I rounded a corner I came upon a Moose and her Moosling. Quickly I snapped this picture and moved on. The Moose are not frightened of people and they do not run away. Instead these massive animal just stand there and stare back at you.

Up high

The trail is getting higher. I’m typically over 10,000 feet above sea level. For someone from Austin TX I’m still not fully adjusted. It is especially difficult getting enough oxygen when climbing. There are times when I have to just stop and try to gulp in enough air.