Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.” —Andy Goldsworthy
Saddle east of small spring to Squaw Lake Intersection
Wired and I got an early start to tackle Knifes Edge, a difficult, extremely steep, and icy snow crossing. After a successful traverse of Knifes Edge, we found Silly Chili waiting for us high on a ridge. He had a nice night camped by himself.
We have been seeing periodically on the trail a great group of CDT thru-hikers that Wired has been hiking with: Sweetfish, Strider, Ninja, Drop.n’ Roll, and Love Note. They are all super nice and work together as a team.
The Weminuche Wilderness area is high, large and diverse. The mountains seem to have many shapes, colors, and sizes. A sad thing that has happened to much of the forest is a beetle has killed literally most of the trees, making the forest a very spooky place. The Continental Divide Trail fortunately stays high on the divide. The altitude and air here feels like 14,000 feet when it is only at 12,000, making it very hard for me to breath when climbing uphill. It is startling and very humbling.
BTW: Snow can be very challenging to hike on.