Porcupine

Stream (03_051)
Day 50 – 6/10/17
Miles – 17.0
Total miles – 722.2

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The wind blew all night. Of the three groups, we had the most protection by a stand of pine trees. Treeman on the other hand, had his tent rattling all night. He did not sleep well.
Everyone packed up and we headed up the valley. With hard snow to walk on, we tried to avoid only needed to avoid the soggy ground. Soon we neared the head of the valley. Someone came up with a short cut off up a 600′ side gully that was filled with frozen snow. This way, we would get to the flat top much faster. We put on our Microspikes and started up. The gully was very steep but our crampons held us firm as we ascended. It was not easy, nor fast. Once on top, we hiked along a grassy bench with amazing views all around. It was good to hike on real trail without any snow for a change. As the morning went on, we hiked on more and more trail. However in one section we had a very steep snow covered traverse that was a bit scary and included a climb down a rock out cropping, however all made it through safely. It was not a long section, however it took along time to accomplish. We crossed a ridge and had a great view North. Most of the mountains had very little snow on them, with the exception of the mountains off to the west.
Toward the end of the day, Joon, Mama and Papa Raven caught up with Bling. He asked us what animal was hiding in a small stand of trees. He showed us the animal and it was a huge porcupine.  Before we got there, it was walking next to the trail trying to avoid Bling. As we watched it, it began to climb a tree. Soon it was easier to see it.
With so much trail to walk on, we covered a good distance. This also lined us up to get into Pagosa Springs tomorrow. The last few days of hiking has worn us out and a zero in town is well deserved.

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4 thoughts on “Porcupine

  1. Ho, Ho, Ho, snow, snow, snow. It is going to be 90+ here in southern California today.
    Great walking when everyone stays safe.
    Shepherd is on the AT and that seems quit calm compared to the PCT or CDT. There are so many little hiking towns to stop in and eat or just stay in. He is 1000 miles in and doing very well even with all the rain.

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  2. Congratulations on finishing a tough section into Wolf Creek Pass! The photos tell a story all by themselves. June 6 we ran into Operator and Moses in Creede as they were walking out of town. They had done a low route into Creede with no large issues. We gave them a ride up the steep canyon road out of town to near San Luis Pass to rejoin the trail. We are in Flagstaff and are deciding when/where to get back on the CDT. We will continue to follow your blog and leave a comment as to our plans at some point. Please say hi to Treeman and Quicksilver for us. You all look great in the photos!

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  3. Hi Guys, been following your Spot locations and see you are likely taking a well deserved zero in Silverton. Looking at Snowtel it appears that the snow is receeding fairly fast so I hope to be back on trail sooner than later. Depending on Calamity’s commitments we hope to be back on the CDT in the next couple of weeks or sooner possibly leaving the Cumbers Pass to Monarch Pass section for later. We can get Amtrak to Pueblo CO and then take Greyhound to Salida. Anyway congratulations on your journey so far. The photos have been great and look forward to your blog of the most recent section. Silver/Calamity Jane.

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    • Dear Silver and Calamity Jane,

      Yes we are taking time off in Silverton, however not as long as our bodies desire. We are taking a nero. The hostel was full, and many of the hotels were too. We found a room on main street that is beautiful, but pricey.
      We will be heading back up to Stoney Pass after lunch. Meanwhile, we are relaxing as much as possible. I know you understand how much work goes into a town day. There actually is very little rest. We always say two town days are needed: one for work, and the second for rest. Unfortunately, if we took two days off every town, we would never make it to Canada by winter! I suppose trail rockets can do this, but we are not. Nonetheless, it is great to hear from you. You made our stay in Chama special with all your help and advice.

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