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CDT, Day 9 — Getting My Trail Legs at Last

CDT, Day 9 — July 11 — 18.1 miles I wasn’t fully warm last night, but not exactly cold either. John and I started hiking at 7 a.m. The trail continued north, gaining and losing 200-400 feet of elevation at a time. At times we had grand views to the east of North Park. Our…
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CDT, Day 8 — Camping at 11,100 feet

CDT, Day 8 — July 10 — 14.7 miles On the trail at 7 a.m. John and I continued north through sub-alpine forest and passed by wet meadows for 5 miles to Buffalo Pass. Only four cars in the parking lot. At 10,300 feet in elevation, we gained only 300 feet of elevation since our…
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CDT, Day 7 — Back on Trail

CDT, Day 7 — July 9 — 8.2 miles Time to get back to the CDT after a quick break at home. I rode to Rabbit Ears Pass with my neighbor John, who will hike with me on the 84-mile section to Battle Pass, Wyoming. We started hiking at 1 p.m. near Dumont Lake Campground.…
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CDT, Day 6 — Easy Walking

CDT, Day 6 — July 6 An easy day’s walk awaited me. I got going before anyone in the campground stirred. I walked along a road for a mile to a trail head then headed north along the shore of Lake Granby, fed mostly by the Colorado River. Soon I gained 600 feet of elevation…
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CDT, Day 5 — An easier day

CDT, Day 5 — July 5 I slept soundly last night in my cozy tent and hit the trail at 6 a.m. under clear, cold skies. My longjohns, wind shell, and pile gloves kept me warm. Hiking started with an easy half mile of trail across tundra followed by a short but steep ascent that…
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CDT, Day 4 — Another tough day

CDT, Day 4 — July 4 On the trail at 5:45 a.m., later than I wanted. I gained a bit of elevation then headed downhill and met CDT section hiker Rambler, who was heading south. The steep switchbacks ended at a trailhead. I got water from a creek then headed uphill. The first two miles…
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