Michael and Betsy Gosselin: When it seems like I can't make it any further, I think of Astro and I keep hiking.
Jack Graham: That backpack you built for me is bullet proof. It's been with me every step of the way. Thank you.
Kellie and Steve and all my friends in the Burning Boots Trail Club: I'll see you guys in September at the March for the Fallen.
To Everyone Who Clicked on the 'Donate' button on the homepage: Thank you for being part of this hike. We're more than halfway there!
I've never been more remote. So far away from civilization. Nothing around me for miles and miles except giant mountains. No phone. No GPS. No altimeter... Not even a watch. Just a map showing the surrounding 3 or 4 miles and a compass. It's a week of difficult hiking in any direction to get out of here. The Trail? There is no trail. It's covered in snow. All I can do is keep moving forward and pray I don't come to a river I can't cross or a pass too steep to climb. This is like some kind of 'hiker obstacle course'. Start with a hundred yards of deep snow. Then maybe a steep climb up loose shale. Next is a tangled mess of giant pine trees that were blown down. Add a raging river underneath it so if I fall, I'm really screwed. It's like a hiker's version of 'American Ninja'. I longed for Michigan's hundreds of miles of nice, flat, compact earth softened by pine needles. I'm proud of myself for making it through with just map and compass but I learned that it's tedious, dangerous and it takes forever.
Crossing from Colorado into Wyoming at mile 1,532 was a big deal for me. Not sure if it's exactly halfway but it feels like it. Two states down and two more to go. I can do this. My body is in good shape. My gear is taking a beating but I think it will last. Got my phone back and Wyoming maps will be in my next resupply box. The trail itself is getting easier with less snow and lower elevations. Seems like there are fewer alternate routes from here on so maybe the path itself will be well-trod.
I'm posting this from my phone and can't seem to add photographs. Look for lots of pics in a seperate post.
I appreciate all the well-wishes and support. I'll take all that positive energy and keep hiking north!
|Almost to Silverthorne, Colorado!|
|North of Steamboat Springs, CO|
|My Honor Point backpack. This pack has been with me every step of the way and I love it.|
|That's Big Agnes (like the company!) in the background. They're HQ'd in Steamboat Springs.|
|Apparently, Wyoming didn't get the memo: IT'S JULY. Enough with the snow already!?|