I decided to come home from the trail last week. The cold rain and the higher elevation promised colder weather and more snow than I wanted to contemplate at that time. There were other factors including my lack of confidence in the rating of my sleep system and being up in a possible snow area by myself with few bail out areas. Before making that decision I spoke with Bill at the hostel to ask his opinion. He felt that the best time to go through the Wind River Range was in July. It could be done at the time I was there but it also could be sketchy.
Jim was a champion and drove out to pick me up and we returned home on Sunday, June 21. He also was advocating my staying on the trail. At that time, it was a no.
Having relayed that information, Jim is again stepping up. He will be driving me back to Wyoming this week where I will meet up with Raven, with whom I hiked in New Mexico. He will be skipping half of Colorado (snow) to come and hike with me. Our plan is to go to the Canadian Border and then reverse and come down to South Wyoming and head into Colorado. It will be an atypical Canadian crossing as the normal route through East Glacier National Park will be closed for the remainder of 2020 as it overlaps the Blackfoot Nation. The Blackfoot Nation has decided to close the reservation for the remainder of the year due to the Covid-19 issue. West Glacier is open so we will find a route through there as we get nearer. I will feel much better in the mountains with a second person along.
Once again I will be pouring over my gear to decide what to take or leave behind. The most difficult thing to do will be deciding food resupply stops. From here north, the towns are farther from the trail and will take some more extensive planning not to mention potential hitching. We are thinking we may use one vehicle and leapfrog with the vehicle. I will let you know how that works.
It is said that I will be entering in the gorgeous area of the trail. Since the beginning, I have. Only hiked in desert and this will be a big difference. So, next week look for this blog to resume. I hope you will enjoy.
P.S. Rob C. I know you would have moved ahead but you know I truly don’t enjoy the snow that much. I will keep repeating “suck it up, Buttercup” until it doesn’t matter any more.