Hi! I am Ruth, or Sailor. I am aiming to finish the Colorado Trail in summer 2023 after completing the first 220 miles in 2022 and leaving trail due to health issues. I struggled with altitude-related eating issues and severe plantar fasciitis but I have a new plan to be better prepared for those this time. Off-trail, I am a professional classical singer/voice teacher, though you might not believe that if you hear me singing to ward off animals!
It’s quickly getting dark. I can move in the dark - something I’m uncomfortable doing alone - or I can stay here and wait for that sketchy car to return...
But if I didn’t skip these miles, I may not be able to continue at all unless I took a substantial break. I feel free, not being bound to exact miles but rather to the journey itself. This is my journey, and right now, these specific miles don’t fit.
August 12, 2023 - Day 1 (?) Day 1 dawns bright and early. I wake up filled with apprehension and what feels almost like dread. I feel tingly and I’m
After leaving the Colorado Trail 220 miles into in my 2022 attempt and deciding to return in August 2023, I knew I needed to make a few changes. I needed to tweak my training, change some gear, prepare better for altitude, and - most importantly - figure out how to get enough calories.
I ended my 2022 Colorado Trail thru hike attempt at 220 miles. I am now returning to start where I left off in August 2023.