Starting location: Pine Creek
Ending location: North Cottonwood Creek
Distance: 12 miles
Elevation gained: 2000 ft
Photo: Pine Creek campsite in the morning
1 word summary of the day: blowdowns
Decided on a shorter day today since i don't need to be in Buena Vista until Monday, and the last 6.5 miles to get there go up and down 2500 ft of elevation and I'd rather do that in the morning then get halfway up and stuck in a thunderstorm.
Last night was the coldest night yet, even though I was only at 10400 ft elevation and have camped higher. But finally got to sleep fully zipped up in the new sleeping bag and it is awesome! Left camp around 7:15am and once again started the day with a steep climb uphill (everyday seems to start with an up!) and got to a great saddle on the side of Mt. Harvard where I stopped for a bit to dry me tent in the sun. Then it was through the big blowdown section, which was quite awesome to see - huge trees uprooted everywhere. The volunteer trail crew has done a great job of clearing what they could and rerouting the trail around those that they couldn't, so it probably only took half an hour longer than normal to make it through that 10 mile section.
The rest of the day is just relaxing and hoping that the storms hold off for tonight. Should be in Buena Vista before noon tomorrow hopefully, and have a half a rest day to shower, laundry, eat, resupply, etc. Also to recharge my phone as batteries are running low! I'll catch up more on emails tomorrow when I have access to free wifi. Cheers!