17.5 miles hiked
669.4 total miles
We press on and up in the morning, still not much snow. The views increase in glory and height. The snow does not. So we take a 2 hour lunch break, yardsale-style (pictured). Immediately after lunch, the snow cover increases. A lot. We spend the rest of the day intermittently postholing through snow drifts. Cold night air and sharp winds descends early. I set up my tarp on top of old cow shit and spongy tundra, between beetlekill hazard trees and snow banks. My feet are very cold. The San Juans are no joke.