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A Day in the Life on the Colorado Trail: Day 20

A Day in the Life on the Colorado Trail: Day 20

Somehow, I have hiked clear to September. August seems to have both flown by and taken forever, but mostly I feel that September crept up much faster than I expected....

Nov 9, 2023 : Ruth
Oh, So These Are Trail Legs: Colorado Trail Days 18-19

Oh, So These Are Trail Legs: Colorado Trail Days 18-19

Sure, there is a big climb this afternoon, but that will be the last difficult pass of the entire journey. You can do this. This is nothing compared to what...

Nov 6, 2023 : Ruth
Hitching a Train in the Wilderness: Colorado Trail Day 17

Hitching a Train in the Wilderness: Colorado Trail Day 17

Suddenly, the whistles are louder, and we see steam and black smoke rising from the trees just around the visible bend in the tracks. When the train comes around the...

Oct 30, 2023 : Ruth
My Longest and Strongest Day Ever: Colorado Trail Day 16

My Longest and Strongest Day Ever: Colorado Trail Day 16

I feel strangely elated. My legs lead the way, flying down the trail. I smile to myself. This - this is what I wanted thru-hiking to be! This is why...

Oct 26, 2023 : Ruth
The Day I Decided Not to Quit…Yet: Colorado Trail Day 15

The Day I Decided Not to Quit…Yet: Colorado Trail Day 15

The trail climbs seven miles from where I camped to the highest point on the entire Colorado Trail. It also feels as though I am climbing over the most difficult...

Oct 24, 2023 : Ruth
The Day I Almost Quit: Colorado Trail Day 14

The Day I Almost Quit: Colorado Trail Day 14

There is a specific sound that thunder makes when it is so close, and it is deafening. It sounds like the heavens being ripped open above me and stops me...

Oct 21, 2023 : Ruth
I Thought Mesas Were Supposed to Be Flat: Colorado Trail Days 12-13

I Thought Mesas Were Supposed to Be Flat: Colorado Trail Days 12-13

Mountain lions often use rocky outcroppings such as these to hunt, and dawn is a particularly active time. I try to focus on the hike ahead to squelch the fears,...

Oct 18, 2023 : Ruth
At the Gateway to the San Juans: Colorado Trail Days 10-11

At the Gateway to the San Juans: Colorado Trail Days 10-11

When I ended my hike early last year, and then started this year with altitude struggles, I didn’t know if I would ever make it to the San Juans. Yet...

Oct 15, 2023 : Ruth
Trees, Trees Everywhere but the Trail: Colorado Trail Day 9

Trees, Trees Everywhere but the Trail: Colorado Trail Day 9

Segment 18 is a notoriously dry and cow-filled segment. The few existing water sources are often contaminated with lots of cow pies. I am mentally preparing for heat, wide open...

Oct 12, 2023 : Ruth
The First Zero! Colorado Trail Days 7-8

The First Zero! Colorado Trail Days 7-8

He examines me. "Are you hiking the CT? I have some trail magic here for you! Just setting it up now." He hiked the trail last year and remembers getting...

Oct 8, 2023 : Ruth