Up an Over

Day 20 Segment 7 

16.2mi 3,808ft Elevation Gain

After a couple nights of sleeping indoors it was time to head back. My parents drove me up to Copper in the Platabus and dropped me off at the trailhead. 

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I suppose I could've skipped this section — all the north bounders said Segment 7 was a beast.... but, that wouldn't have sat well with me. So with my light backpack and well rested legs I climbed up the backside of the Ten Mile range, getting higher and higher above the resort city sprawled out at the base. 

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I crested somewhere between Peak 6 & 7. Breckenridge below. 

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I like lichen a lot. This toxic green specimen was photo worthy.  

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As is tradition, I packed out a beer.  Since I was about to stop back into Breckenridge to pick up my resupply package (and some more beer) I sipped on this delicious Gose as I hiked down the mountain. 

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On the descent I passed a huge burn section. This fire was probably a good thing for this forests health. You can tell it was in pretty bad shape before the fire. Lots of lodgepole pines growing on top of each other. 

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Summit County is a tinderbox. 

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Firemen came by on later parts of the trail and did some serious fire prevention / forest maintenance. This long tree sat alone in a field of slash piles. 

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Once I got down to Breck I treated myself to a giant bowl of Pho. 

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I got pretty Pho'ked up and felt like this dog afterwards. 

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Packed out a 6 pack as I couldn't find any tasty singles. With a full food resupply and 6 cold ones, my pack was pretty heavy.  I decided to lighten my load by drinking a few.   I was all smiles 'til sunset. I found a scenic meadow and set up camp.