Day 12 - Collegiate West 5/4
15.2mi 3,195ft Elevation Gain
Did I mention Jambi? Jambi is one cool cat. He was frisky and full on energy in the morning.
After we had some coffee Chelsea drove me up to Monarch pass with Jambi.
On the way up we stopped at this 'spring' — a local not so secret secret. That was some fine tasting water.
Jambi and Chelsea joined me for the first couple miles out of the pass.
The world is his sandbox.
Jambi definitely isn't the fastest hiker. He's easily distracted. After a mile I think he got bored.
The mountains were covered in dark storm clouds. Chelsea and Jambi decided to turn back.
Wise decision. Moments later while I was hiking on top of the Monarch Mountain ski resort I got rained and hailed on.
Nothing a little Gore Tex can't handle. The views were stunning and I continued on, snacking and smiling.
The clouds didn't let up. I couldn't quite make out which direction the storms were heading. I forged forward late into the evening.
I finally called it quits and set up camp during the downpour. Lightning flashed and thunder immediately crashed right above and all around me.
The ground shook as I sat in my tent and ate my warm ramen.