Day 44, 45, and 46 – 6/4/17, 6/5/17, and 6/6/17
Miles – 0
Total Miles – 664.9
We spent three days and four nights in Chama letting snow melt a bit. Chama was a nice town although a bit spread out. We were staying at one end, and stores and post office were a mile away at the opposite end. Thru-hikers are very lazy in town, they do not want to walk any more than they have to. Everybody’s favorite place to go was the Fudge Factory. While we were there, we had thunderstorms two of the days and one loud one at night. We are concerned about the weather as we hike out, more thunderstorms are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday and then it should get nicer.
Our packs are going to be extremely heavy. We picked up snowshoes, ice axes, and crampons. Between Chama and Pagosa Springs, is heavily snow covered making the trail impossible to find and dangerous at higher elevations. I hope we need them so we can justify the extra weight. Reports from hikers who have already gone through the next section, say they have moved very slowly. Many have only averaged twelve miles a day. Thus we have added time to our schedule. Instead of our planned four days, we are going to prepare for six days.