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15-09-16  Day 157  James Mountain – Mark Trail CDT

Hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Mark Trail CDT 2015

The rain started at 3:30 am. I rolled the beak out. (an extension over the door of the Heximid). I tried to go back to sleep but no luck. At 5:00 am I started the water and was all packed up at 5:20 am. I had to hike with my headlamp till 6:30 am. I had a great start on the day.     20150916_085044 It was twelve miles to the next water so I stopped at 7:30 am to load up. As I climbed from 10,000 ft to Devils Thumb Pass at 11,747 ft the sun came up and started to warm me up. It was a up and down climb till I dropped to Rollis Pass at 11,671 ft.

This is where the fun of the day began. I climbed to 13,200 ft James Mountain. As I approached the summit, the clouds rolled in and it began to rain. Nice…..The clouds parted enough for me to get a few pictures then closed in again.    20150916_100139 There was an alternate that saves seven miles of hiking but was a risky route and I am alone so I took the longer route. Be Safe. Smart Move!. I stopped at Loch Lomond  Lake, where I met Justin and Rob out to enjoy the great outdoors. They gave me a beer and we spent a few minutes together celebrating today.

3,000 Ft elevation loss later it was 6:20 pm and time to stop for the day. There was a group of trees and none for miles ahead so it made sense.IMG_9957IMG_9959Bill Moore Lake,  23 Hard Miles!

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