In this post I describe why my experience in 1995 on the PCT, and with Wild author Cheryl Strayed, plays in important role in how I intend to proceed along the CDT north of here and into Colorado. In a way, this is my personal drama for 2016, and I am confident that my chosen path is the right one.
Entering the CDT Gateway to the Rocky Mountains.
This 93 mile section of extremes were on full display in this New Mexico landscape: from the colorful, rocky cliffs and towers of the Ghost Ranch area to the high alpine mountains that were holding some snow above 10,000 feet, even lower in some places.
Up Mountains and down to the beautiful Ghost Ranch scenery and bluegrass.
The day the group of hikers and me left the Del Prado “mice-tel” in Cuba we climbed 4050 feet to a camp at 10550 feet surrounded by large patches of snow. It was my first experience of snow on this hike. Hiking to that elevation was no problem except for the climbing effort and willingness to endure cold, wet feet from the rapidly melting snow.
Hiking in the Land of Enchantment
I was concerned upon my first step out of the Motel 6 in Grants on May 13. Would my latest pair of new and wider shoes acquired at Beales Clothing Store meet the demands of the CDT? New Balance 409 shoes look like they are meant for pedestrian city walkers, not thru hikers! Mt. Taylor, 11,300 feet, was the challenge on May 14, so those shoes were tested right away.