DAY 42: COLD BUTTS

14.2 miles hiked
683.6 total miles

I am the first out of my tent in the morning and I notice small flakes of snow falling from dark clouds above. Uhoh. But soon the clouds clear, and we climb up and then down, and soon there’s a large snowfield covering the trail. Candyman, Ddubs and I break out our ice axes and glissade down the slope. Funnnn! (Except I can’t feel my butt at the end.) The remainder of the day is slow going with lots each of postholing through snow, slipping on mud, and bushwhacking. Up, down, up, down in elevation. New Mexico did not prepare my lungs. But god, the views! I am happy to be back in the San Juans.

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