I consider myself an expert on this trail, and a damn good downhill trail runner, but the couple rainstorms of the last month destroyed everything I knew about the terrain. I actually stopped once and had a little chat with the mountainside.
Never commit to any one step.
Funny the little things you remember can save your life.... and give you a day off to get pictures sorted out! I took about 350 pictures, here are the ones I think are the best, or at least proof I took a dip in the water at 13,000 feet on a cold day.
|Got permission to hike to a mine site close to an active mine|
|About 9500 feet, lowest elevation all weekend|
|There it is! Only a little snow left but still looking cold.|
|Cold, super cold.|
|Letting the sun thaw me out a little.|
|Minerals oozing out of a mineshaft|