Secret Spot

Day 13 - Collegiate West 4/3

22.1mi 5,026ft Elevation Gain

 

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Late start. My camp spot was nestled between tall peaks and did not get any morning sun. So I was surprised to see clear skies when I poked my head out of my tent. 

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After the first pass of the day I lay all my gear out to dry. 

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Dread Neck.  

 

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Train grade. Choo Choo! This railroad was built by some burly men. The tunnel at the top unfortunately had a fair bit of tragedy in its short time of use. It's now collapsed. 

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This collegiate west alternate sure do have some pretty views.  

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Meh.  

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Marmots ! Everywhere!  

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By the late afternoon clouds covered the sky, as they usually do up here in these mountains. 

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They were pretty threatening and I couldn't figure out what direction they were moving. Going up and over a pass is a gamble. You don't know what's on the other side. Could be blue skies or more storm clouds. 

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Unfortunately for me it was the latter. I got rained and hailed on at 12,000 feet. I pushed on because two southbound gals I passed earlier told me about an epic camp spot .

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I just had to follow the rainbow.  

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The clouds cleared and the afternoon shadow show was spectacular.

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I found the special spot.  

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With amazing eastward views I knew the morning sun was going to wake and warm me early.  

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I enjoyed some kale I had packed out from Chelsea's garden and mixed it up with a new spicy ramen that she gifted me. Trail gormet!