Day 8 – Gorgeous Georgia Pass
We started the day with a six mile climb uphill. The temperature was comfortable and the sun mostly behind the trees. Today we climbed Georgia Pass. It was probably the most beautiful day yet.
Sucking wind at 11,000 feet
Uphill at 10,000 feet is definitely hard for me, but 11,000 feet steals my breath. The hike up was actually nice (except for the mosquitoes at the stream). We had a nice overlook for a break and a cool forest to walk in. Once we hit tree line the views became spectacular. I had time to enjoy them because of how often I had to stop to breath. It’s amazing that flowers grow this high. Georgia Pass has views of where we came from, where we are going, and the imposing Mt. Guyot. At the pass the weather was great so we stopped just over the pass for lunch.
We dried out our tent and had some delicious food. The barbecue jackfruit rehydrated perfectly. Then we started to notice the clouds building behind us. We scrambled to pack up and run away from the storm.
The rain never did make it over the pass, it was stuck on the other side. However, a large cargo plane flew right over our heads through the pass. Definitely lower then the taller mountains.
We are now sharing the trail with CDT hikers. We meet up on Georgia Pass and hike together for awhile. We met two today, it was really interesting to talk to hikers who are 3 months into their journey, not a week.
We are camped down in the valley at a creek. So close to Breckenridge by road (Google Maps says 20 minutes by car), but still 13 miles by trail. Those 13 miles will take us until early afternoon. It’s been a little frustrating to still be going 13 miles a day as everyone passes us by. Everyone around us is going so much further and for longer into the day. I wish I could push my feet further but they just won’t.
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