Pagosa Springs, CO

Just a quick update for everyone.

I've made it into Pagosa Springs, CO after some very stressful and difficult hiking. There is just way too much snow out in the San Juan mountains yet and progress has been difficult and at times dangerous. Avalanche potential, wet weather, sketchy traverses, and ripping river crossings on trail that sits primarily at 11,000 - 12,500 feet high.

So, upon getting to Pagosa we decided to take a long weekend and reevaluate the situation. Fortunately, there was also a Folk and Bluegrass Festival where me and Analog we able to volunteer as security detail in exchange for a ticket and free camping. Major score!

And, we've decided that we're going to continue north from where we are, but that we will deviate from the "official" CDT and take a much lower alternate route known as the "Creede Cut-Off". Aside from our primary goal of having a safer route we simply did not have fun hiking this last section due to the stress it burdened us with. Hopefully this change of plans will be much safer and much more easily enjoyed.

I'd like to say a little more about this past section, but I feel like I'm still trying to decompress and digest the whole event. Sorry.

Photos coming soon! And I'll say this much, despite the difficulty I have seen some incredibly beautiful scenery!

Smiles and Analog on one of many traverses.