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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Setting Out

Brimming with optimism as I prepare to set out on my first overnight trek, Ouray's own Box Canyon Blogger is on hand to capture the scene...


I sign the trail log, should the authorities need to track down my decomposed remains...


...and am glad to be joined by a group of friends and fellow nomads for the first few miles up Bear Creek (and I do mean up).



At last, the moment arrives when my day-hiking companions must turn back, so armed with nothing but my wits and the contents of my trusty pack, I trudge onward up into some of the loneliest reaches of these San Juan Mountains, a mere 15 or so decidedly unhorizontal miles and a solid day separating me from my return...