Trail Cat

Day 12 - Collegiate West 5/4

15.2mi 3,195ft Elevation Gain  

 

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Did I mention Jambi? Jambi is one cool cat. He was frisky and full on energy in the morning. 

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After we had some coffee Chelsea drove me up to Monarch pass with Jambi. 

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On the way up we stopped at this 'spring' — a local not so secret secret. That was some fine tasting water. 

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Jambi and Chelsea joined me for the first couple miles out of the pass. 

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Hiking Cat!  

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The world is his sandbox. 

 

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Jambi definitely isn't the fastest hiker. He's easily distracted. After a mile I think he got bored.

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The mountains were covered in dark storm clouds. Chelsea and Jambi decided to turn back. 

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Wise decision. Moments later while I was hiking on top of the Monarch Mountain ski resort I got rained and hailed on.  

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Nothing a little Gore Tex can't handle. The views were stunning and I continued on, snacking and smiling. 

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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.

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I finally called it quits and set up camp during the downpour.  Lightning flashed and thunder immediately crashed right above and all around me.  

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The ground shook as I sat in my tent and ate my warm ramen.