Camp Hale

Day 17 - Segment 10/9/8

28mi 5,090ft Elevation Gain

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The Rocky Mountains are noisy as hell. Airplane traffic is constant. In some photos you may see me wearing headphones. The sound pollution is my excuse — if I'm hearing the sounds of man, they might as well be entertaining.

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The more colorful and wild your gear the more interesting you probably are. If you wear just black you'll look like a rock in photos. Instead choose colors you'd find in a pack of skittles — makes you stand out. Good for photos and for search and rescue. 

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The shorter your shorts the closer you get to nature.

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These guys. I don't know if I should thank or revile them for their Vail / Aspen successes. Did they succeed in their goal of making downhill skiing more accessible? 

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I guess Smokey hired this guy to teach us about garbage. What's his name? From the belt buckle, I'm guessing it starts with a W.

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Abonded Kilns atop Tennessee Pass.

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Eerie abandoned barracks. From what I read on the plaques, the 10th Mtn division soldiers were a gnarly group of norewegian badasses. 

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Todays meditation was on benches. I was reminded of a quote from a Japanese woodworker "you can work with nature, or against nature." That applies to more than just wood. 

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Evening showers created the perfect ambience for a stunning sunset over the valley. The aspen trees were illuminated by the setting sun.