High Point

Day 6 - Segment 23/22

25.1 Miles 4,477ft Elevation Gain  

 

I set up my tent in the shadow of a mountain, so I didn't have the luxury of being warmed by the morning sun when I got out.  

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In the morning the sky was cloudless. I was unprepaired for such beautiful weather. I tipped my hat low to shield my face. At high elevations the sun has a special way of spanking your skin. 

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Meh.  

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I hiked at high elevation all day. The views were breathtaking. Pictures don't really do it justice. 

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The clouds built up all morning and brought on and off relief from the sun. What a major difference the sun makes. It was shining when I got to the high point. I was hot. I took my shirt off and celebrated. Then shortly after the sky closed up and it was time to put on some layers. 

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I hiked out with a cold one just for this occasion. Best part was... it actually stayed cold. 

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Its all down hill from here.  

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You might be able to see a cyclist pushing his bike uphill in the middle of this photo. He was not a happy camper. 

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After a good high point celebration I was in a great mood and flew down the trail. I was jamming out to some good tunes and enjoying the views. 

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Its a rather barren moonscape up here.   

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This tree was the largest plant I saw in hours. 

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The views all around are a bit more interesting. 

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Selfie to check on degree of sun spankage.  

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I guess slumgullion is a made up name that describes something that's a mixture of everything... like a clean out the fridge soup. Which sounds pretty good about now.