Twig Adventures

SOBO Day 19: Pintler Perfect

July 13th, 2019 Johnson Lake mm 575.4 to mm 606.7 Distance in miles: 31.3 0615-1900 I sleep so good overnight and feel ready for another big day. I plan the day around water, since there is one last creek at 30 miles and then nothing until we get to town the next day. I hope to make it to that creek for the night but there is still a lot of climbing, around 7000′ according to the app. Nothing looks terribly steep at least. We make it up to the first pass, Pintler Pass. Then down and then up again to a ridge. I am already complaining about the heat and the mossies. For the first time, I actually borrow[…]

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SOBO Day 18: Wilderness Wonder

July 12th, 2019 Storm Lake mm 3.2 of Anaconda route to Johnson Lake mm 575.4 Distance in miles: 28 0620-1800 Everything is so damp when I wake up, as I knew it would be right next to the lake. Doesn’t matter, the sky is clear and we’re going on our 3rd day with no rain! We’ll be able to dry things later. First we must climb up to a pass, one of 5! for the day. When we enter the high alpine meadow, we are treated to a view of our itinerary for the day. Up over a pass then down through a lush valley of old growth forest with streams every half mile. Repeat. There are high rocky peaks[…]

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SOBO Day 17: Storm Lake

July 11th, 2019 Mm 28 of Anaconda route to mm 3.2 Distance in miles: 21 1100-1830 I catch up on some business in the morning and we are off on the next section into the Pintler mountains. First we must walk about 12 miles on or parallel to the highway. Most use this as an excuse to hitch but we decide to at least give it a shot. If it turns out to be anything as scary as the day before, then we will get a ride. The walk starts out with a nice sidewalk along the highway and cars going 35 mph or less. It is so nice that we miss a turnoff onto a side-road that would have[…]

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SOBO Day 16: March to Anaconda

July 10th, 2019 Mm 406.3 to Anaconda, mm 28 of Anaconda route. Distance in miles: 30 0615-1600 We are doing the Anaconda cutoff, which is basically a route that shaves a huge dogleg of the CDT around Butte. Nearly every CDT hiker that I know is doing the same. I had wanted to do the longer, official CDT route but I also wanted to see our travelling Trail Angel friend Solo. I last saw her in Silver City. She lives in her van and has been posted up around Anaconda doing trail magic for a few weeks. I also just want to get to Colorado before it gets too late in the season, so dropping about 100 miles of road[…]

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SOBO Day 15: So So

July 9th, 2019 Mm 377 to mm 406.3 Distance in miles: 29.3 0615-1900 Today was just so-so and not a lot to describe. I had a great night listening to the pitter patter of rain on my tent for hours. It tailed off as it was getting light but started drizzling again just as I was packing up. My stuff inside stayed dry but the tent was a sodden mess. We scampered down from our stealth spot and road walked some more. We immediately turned on the wrong junction and walked a quarter of a mile off trail. Back-up and try this again. Just as we came to single-track and our first climb, it started to rain more steadily, especially[…]

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SOBO Day 14: Enchanted Forests

July 8th, 2019 MacDonald Pass mm 361 to mm 377 Distance in miles: 16 1300-1900 Omelets are on order once again in the morning, courtesy or Relentless. He also makes french press coffee. I need to get out of town, I am becoming so spoiled. Georgia doesn’t have to go to work until later in the morning so she drives us over to the grocery and then to the outdoor gear store. It is a nice store, filled with fun stuff. We see some other thru-hikers there and Relentless is able to exchange his darn tough socks. Mine have yet to get a hole after 800 some miles, pretty good! Georgia has to leave for work afterwards (she is a[…]

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SOBO Day 13: I Love Helena

July 7th, 2019 Mm 339 to MacDonald Pass mm 361 Distance in miles: 22 0600-1430 Our cow pasture was great, one of my best nights of sleep. The cow alarm goes off early though, and I am awake by 4:30 am. An early start towards town isn’t a bad thing. Except that we immediately miss an alternate route that would have shaved at least an hour. I’m not looking for short cuts but since we are road walking most of the day, what difference does it make if we take the most direct road? Instead, we go on a circuitous and confusing networks of dirt roads, having to check our GPS at every intersection. At one point we are off[…]

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SOBO Day 12: So Many Potatoes

July 6th, 2019 Flesher Pass Trailhead mm 306 to mm 339 Distance in miles: 33 0600-2000 I don’t mean Idaho potatoes, but Montana ones. There is a term in the hiking community: PUD’s…pointless ups and downs, which is kind of negative. Most hikers like to go to the top of a mountain but thru-hikers get grumpy when they have to do it over and over again all day. We like long, graded traverses that go through mountains, alot like you find on the PCT. We are a spoiled bunch. So instead of complaining of PUD’s today, we started talking of potatoes. Relentless thinks that these rolling mountains of central Montana look like russet potatoes from afar. And we climbed up[…]

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SOBO Day 11: Easy Day

July 5th, 2019 Rogers Pass, HWY to Lincoln, mm 292.2 to Flesher Pass Trailhead mm 306 Distance in miles: 14 1300-1800 I slept good all night, only waking once to go to the bathroom. There were no more fireworks but I could still hear people shouting in the distance. I slept in until 6 am and then got cracking on chores. There was no laundry I could find anywhere so I did some in the sink. Seven days of stink and counting for most of my clothes, oh well. Since the town was so booked up and we couldn’t get much done, we had decided to leave by noon. Helena was only another 2.5 days away, where we could hopefully[…]

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SOBO Day 10: Fireworks

July 4th, 2019 Dearborn River mm 263.4 to Rogers Pass, HWY to Lincoln, mm 292.2 Distance in miles: 28.7 0550-1800 Happy red, white, and blue! A year ago I was flying into Seattle, WA, watching the fireworks above from the airplane and getting ready to start the PCT. This year I’m nearly 300 miles into the CDT, nevermind my NM section hike, and listening to booms all night in Lincoln, MT. We had to earn our town stop today. It was once again a long distance but also a ton of steep climbs. We reached the part of the trail that begins to favor the actual divide. Ridge-walking is awesome and beautiful but it comes at a price. Today the[…]

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