Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Sawtooth Trail Intersection to saddle east of small spring
This was one of the most dramatic and exhausting days I ever spent on a trail. I feel like I climbed Mount Whitney 3 times in one day. We followed the Continental Divide Crest most of the day occasionally dipping into the trees. The north slopes required post holing in the snow It is exhausting, time consuming, and frustrating!!!! We did a lot of that. Also the CDT stays between 11,000 and 12,000 feet. My chest heaves on the uphill.
During one of the particularly bad post holing areas where Silly Chili was breaking trail, I felt sorry for him and gave him my Jelly Belly Sports Beans with caffeine. Bad idea. Not only did I not have my afternoon boost, but he became a mad man on the trail. He took off and Wired and I did not see him again. I am sure he is camped somewhere and is safe. No Jelly Belly Beans for him again.
I am planning on posting more of a photo journal each day. My hope is that our CDT trip can be seen and experienced through the art of photos. Thank you for reading, following along, and for sharing your comments. Happy summer everyone.