Episode 11: San Juan Mountains (CDT 2018)

Episode 11: San Juan Mountains (CDT 2018)

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Back. On trail. From Chama. So. That, means that I am completely done. With me Mexican. It. Did make some gear. Changes, I picked up my, ice axe and, some, micro smacks don't know, that. I'll really even need those. Perk. Said that he would recommend, bringing them but. He came through here like - yes so just, wait, and see feeling. Much much better today. Believe, it or not wisdom tooth - still shaken, but all in all I think I'm finally on, an, uphill swing. Good. Morning, this, is where. Erin and I slept. Last night he actually cowboyed, against. These trees. And I set my tent right here because it was a wind block it was extremely, windy. Yesterday. The, winds I could tell her picking up a little bit this morning when I woke up it was actually. Pretty calm but uh we're, up over, 11,000, feet like, 11800. I think it's gonna be a really pretty day I think we're gonna be walking, just. Above, treeline and so there will be a lot, of use and I think there's gonna be a decent amount of water and oh. Yeah, yesterday we passed mile. 800, I think we're like at 8:05 now so, making. Progress a little bit out of town. Do. What. What. Step in my footprint. I. Guess. You're heavier. Yeah. And. Look we could have really just like going around. Laziness. Peanut. Butter and honey, I haven't. Had one of these raps since, like. First. Couple hundred miles on 18. You, can see tiny hairs, right there and that's. Where some animal, has brushed through here. Pretty. Cool, well, that, would, have been fun and snow. So. Far we really, haven't encountered much snow which I'm. Not complaining about and. The. Other ones have been really pretty, very. Green lots, of flowers. And critters and. I was talking about it earlier you know they they, don't look quite like the Cascades because there are some mountains. In the distance that, look pretty intimidating. Kind, of like the Sierra Nevada but I, don't. Know I've been saying that is, the. Sierra Nevada and the Cascades, had a baby it, would be the San Juans and if. Y'all have ever hiked in all three I'd. Be interested to hear, your opinion on it. I. Was. Getting this. I've. Noticed since we've been, in the same lines that the. Clouds that I've seen have been. Very. Brownish. Looking, and. It's, been pretty hazy like, the mountains in the distance you can still see them but they.

Just Aren't as clear as I bet they normally are and if I had to guess that's probably due. To the. Wildfire, near Durango. So. The, further on we go into, the sane ones I imagine the hazy. Err it'll probably get. Sucking. Irons blood. Aaron. Says like an old rig just getting. It that's, what you get kind, of funny that I was just, talking. About the dirty clouds and. Turns. Out the San Juan, National Forest. According to my mom he just messaged me on the inReach is closed for. Recreational. Activities like you know backpacking. And hiking and camping and, not. Really sure what I'm supposed to do at this point but uh yeah. There. You go, that's uh there. Was a little hitch in the giddyup. In, sitting, in, my tent last night for a while. Trying. To figure. Out. Our different, options I. Have. Discovered, that there. Are basically, three. Different. Alternates. That. We could take to. Get out of here and one is way. Longer and. Studies. Off of the, CDT. For a while don't, really know the, water situation on it and, then so it's, kind of out that's the green room we got hooks and. Then there's the blue route and it's mainly for. Service roads that, finally. Lead up to the. Highway that, goes into, South. Fork Colorado. Then, it finally matches. Up with. The. Creed route in. Creede Colorado and. Then there's. The option of, continuing. To hike, in the San Juans. Past. Wolf. Creek Pass which, is where. You're gonna get off and spend, a little bit of time in, Pagosa Springs but. I'm. Just afraid we won't be able to get. Back. On there depending. On. You know the. Closure and everything. So. What. You just have to go past there and, kind of ration our food and, then. Go up the. Creature out to Creed now. That's. Like the. Most desirable. Option. Because, we get to do more, of the San Juans so. We're doing as much of them as we can and. Then also it's. Not all the highway walking but if we take the. Creed route and, just. Push straight through there you basically have to do 20. Miles per day for. Sure and it'll. Still be an extra day than, what we were planning food, wise so we'll have to ration, also. Battery power, yadda. Yadda and. Then I also don't love the idea that, as. We, go. Further, west. They're getting closer to Durango, which. Is where. The fire is around. Apparently, so. As. Of right now I'm kind of leaning, more towards the, blue route for, safety. Purposes but this. Really stinks. We. Go. Well. This was a bit of a pucker, moment, just. Hard transitioning. From snow, to steep. Ground like this that's kind of loose rock and. You. Know no not falling down, and. You wouldn't die here, but it wouldn't feel good. Since. We have to call and bounce our packages, from Pagosa, Springs regardless. Of what alternate, we take we have been looking, for service on. All the climbs today, and no.

Such Luck and Aaron even just climb the big ole hill over. There. To. Get higher than we, are at right now to, try. To call the post office but no. Look. Or. Across, the road. That. Probably. Just gonna climb up there's. A better place across that. Well, uncle's always do this in the snow they get rubbed. On my thumb, so. I shouldn't wear ankle socks anymore. This. Is my cowboy, camping, spot I am. On. Like. One of those emergency. Space blankets. Did. I brought to cowboy camp fine and, there's. All my stuff strode. Out right now, and. Then there's Erin tucked away over there in, the bushes, that's, his cowboy camping spot. We. Heard that there is a. Really. Scary spot. Coming up so we're gonna try to get up early. And go whoop it and. That's, why we are cowboy, Kevin well. Specifically. Why. It. Got pretty. Chilly last night in. Cowboy camping, I had to, wake. Up at some point and put my rain clothes on and then, I covered up with. My tent and there was frost. On my shoes this morning and my, socks that I had hung out to dry were all so frosty. So I just put some of, the dry dirty, ones. On but uh anyway. Only, got about a few, more miles till uh till. We. Hit this supposed. Sketchy. Spot, I'm. A little nervous about it probably. Wouldn't have even thought as. Much about it if I hadn't. Gotten word about. That. Particular, spot and I'm sure that I've. Done, scarier. Stuff probably. In this year Nevada but you. Just never know and you never know what. Someone's level of experiences. And you. Know apparently the, person. Who left, the comment and gut hook stood out it'd be a pretty. Dangerous spot. Didn't. Have any like. A sax. And Rutgers box anything, like that so, maybe. Just having those things even. If only for that one spot will. Ease. Our minds a little bit. Hmm. I'm. Really hoping that this is the scary, one but, everyone was talking about but I I doubt, it because honestly if you thought right here you might get skinned up from the snow some but, it looks like it'd be kind of fun. A little bit maybe. Type. 2 fun, there's. Aaron these, folks up ahead are just stopped. Looking. It always makes me nervous. All. Right well they're going, down to where he is so maybe they've figured. Out a solution to the issue, they must be crossing, over, a snow bridge. Yeah. He. Was hitting it with this trekking pole like trying to, see. How. Steady. It was well it looks like the trail. Used. To go around the edge of this bowl here, and, you. Can kind of see it cut in the mountain over there and, then, up to, where those people are going and. Maybe. They just didn't want to go in the snow because. What is right here are the dogs I don't know. I'm. Thinking. That that little pass right there is it. Then. You get to the rock over there. Oh. Oh, my gosh okay this. Is on top of the scary part it doesn't probably look that scarred for scary from where I'm at but so. That's what I'm gonna go down and. That's what we should have traversed. Right, there. But. I just came up this rock right here and I'm shaking now the scariest part of all this is like this. Rock, is so loose cuz the soil is really damp and they're not like huge rocks so you step on the wrong one and you. Might. As well take a breather and enjoy it. Aren't. You doing. Join. The view yeah. The. Last view getting a gravel in your butt crack sliding, down the ya know. Like. How you turn your head away but you kept the camera on there well. They can see it if they want. All. Right that's, why I just came down from.

Still. Shaken. And, this is. This. Is where we go next which, looks. Pretty scary. But. Not. As bad, as. The other spot. Yeah. Yeah. It, was sweet. Oh. There's. One of the dogs so maybe they're making it alright hole, oh. No. Oh there. Goes one of the dogs oh. It. Made it it started falling at one part oh my, god. Alright. Second, dog oh. No. Oh no oh, no, oh. My. Gosh oh, oh. My. Gosh. Okay. I think I think they got it oh that. Dog does not care. That dog, is like I will go down this ravine I will. Glissade. Charlie. We. Finally got to the top of a climb the, head cell. Reception, and we, were able to, call, the post office, in, Pagosa. Springs and, asked them to. Kindly. Bounce. Our packages. Forward, to. Creve because, hopefully. Tomorrow, we'll hit Southfork, at, some, point and then from. There go on and decreed and stay the night so it should give the packages, time to, get there before, we do. But it's just like those little things. As little details that you got to deal with when you have. A, circumstance, like this you know a detour. Or a fire closure, reroute. For some reason it. Is pretty unfortunate, that we're. Only gonna get like, a taste, of the, San Juans. And. I am bummed out by it, but. It's just one of those things that you have to deal, with on a third hike you got to accept. It and and push on and it's, interesting to me because I think Aaron was a little bit more bummed, out, and I was and this being his first thru-hike. It makes sense, because he's like oh my god she's such a beautiful area and, it, stinks that we're not going to get to see, more of it and it does but like the ultimate, goal is. Canada, and we're gonna get to see the Wind River Range and, the rest of Colorado is gonna be beautiful and you know we can always come back and see. The San Juans and and do you know, the whole loop I don't know for me you. Know it's, this. Hiccup. Isn't stopping, our progress, or our, continuous. Footstep. To Canada so I'm. Relieved, about. Leaving. This, house San Juan, wilderness. Like. I said while I am disappointed. Because. This is one, of the biggest, highlights, of this trail we. Did get a taste of it we did get to see some of it and our. Ultimate goal of, finishing. The through hike is not being, impeded, so, I'm. Just really glad that what. We have seen of the San Juans has been like paradise. And it hasn't been extremely. Smoky, we're actually able to see views even though they're a little hazy so it, could be a lot worse I'm, just ready to get this road walking out of the way and get back on the official CVT and enjoy. Some mountains again. You.

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Doggo ❤️

I drove through Wolf Creek Pass a few years ago, it was beautiful!! Also liked Durango!

Such an inspiration!! Thank you Dixie!

You keep running into Wendell the El gopher.

I guess the hazy clouds aren't a great sign but they sure are beautiful!

Happy trails Cat whisper..

Just a few weeks ago Dixie had hit a hundred thousand sub now at 119K she be snowballing

I can't believe how disconnected people are to nature, and the environment, nowadays! No one in these hiking video's seem to notice all the tree and planet dye-off on a massive scale, that is everywhere ! But they sure do know where to find fast food and garbage food on the trail !

Awesome. Is it just me or does it seem like the CDT is no where near as maintained/travelled as the other two big ones. I Have trouble seeing the actual trail at times.

that was SO SCARY

Omg, I missed you so much. I cant believe my notification was turned off. I am so happy to see you hiking again. Looking forward to watching all the videos and catching up to you. Be safe and enjoy your journey.


I have a question please. Surely border to border at some point do these trails not cross private property? And how do you deal with that? Just curious

I just GOOGLED Triple Crown hikers. As of January 2017 only 290 hikers have completed the Triple Crown. You will be in very exclusive company. I am a 74 year old hiker and I am very proud of you! The past few years years I developed heart problems and leg problems from diabetes so I more or less have hung up the ole back pack.

Why did aarom let it bite him like that? Lol was it for the youtube?

I don't understand why you would take the risk, when there's a perfectly safe route around it a little bit lower on the hill. I couldn't care less where the trail is supposed to be tbh. If the trail is covered by a a couple foot of snow I'd simply go around it and not spend a second thought about it not being the "official" trail. Same with switchbacks. I don't do them, if it's not too steep to go straight up the hill. Hike smart!

It's sad you couldn't get all the way through the San Juans. It's one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado!

Love the macro photography. Thanks forvthe video.

I'll trade you this 105 texas weather,for that Colorado snow an cool climate.

You still using your knockoff microspikes? How they holding up?

Glad you're feeling better.

Great views of those mountains! Those dogs were fearless! Wow.

How high up do you encounter mosquitos? Can they live on 10,000 feet and above? Hope not. Regarding battery power on trail, you can get one of these (just a picture, not recommending any particular brand): https://tinyurl.com/ybtu5uwa It's a portable solar charger. You just hang it on your backpack and it charges your devices while you hike. There are some pretty sturdy and light ones. There are basically two types: one that charges your devices directly (lighter) and other with internal battery that is charged from solar panels and you charge your devices off it whenever you want, even when there is no sunlight anymore.

Wow! Scary and spectacular... all at the same time. Awesome!

"little hitch in the giddyup...", love this. Please keep them coming.

I like how this video shows the difficulty level and steepness of some snow traverses. Well handled! Never been to the San Juan’s. Beautiful! Thanks so much!

Dixie, I like the way you characterize you and Aaron rounding that draw as a 'pucker moment.' Great video work and really practical insight into thru-hiking. i ordered my ZPacks inReach pocket after watching you with yours. I'm learning I alot from you, Aaron, and Perk!

Dixie, you are pretty amazing.....please keep doing your thing and keeping happy!

Be extra careful Dixie! That was some damn scary stuff. Glad you and Aaron are hiking together.

Way to go you guy's!!!

Those dawgs had no fear - pure fun for them!

The camera really never shows how steep something is but whenever Aaron was crossing at one point I have my butt cheeks clenched that looks pretty dadgum scary.......

Amazing as usual. I’m sorry you guys have to miss some of the San Juan’s but you are correct when you said the rest of Colorado will be beautiful as well! Stay safe you two and Keep on Truckin’

You're hiking near where I grew up. Thank you for the scenes from home.

Holy WOW, this looks like the most beautiful part of the trail yet!

Loose rock and wet snow - nothing better to let the fear in, Must be nice walking in the Mountains after all that Desert; cooler at least.

I don't think we've heard the House of Cards soundtrack since the PCT videos! I thought that music was a perfect addition to these vignettes, but be careful! At the rate this channel is growing you guys could find yourselves in copyright infringement territory someday. Well, you're already in that territory, it's just that nobody cares with small YouTube channels. But there are a LOT of YouTubers who have had to remove entire catalogs of videos because they put copyrighted music in them. Nobody cared when they were small, but later, after they grew and got big enough to get noticed by lawyers, and they'd already created tons of content, they got served with a notice and that content disappeared forever. Super, super sad, so protect yourselves!

You have a very good "feel the fear and do it anyway" attitude. I got vertigo just looking at it.

what's the camera/gimbal setup that Aaron is using? His photography stepped up the cinematic quality of this video a lot! Bummed you had to miss some of the San Juans but the rest of Colorado will not disappoint for sure

Thanks for posting Jessica. Catching you a day later as cell service sailing 50 miles out at Sea is spotty at best!!! Sooo, what lines are you crossing today, I'm totally enjoying "singlehanding, " evern when I lose the rudder 30 miles out in the ocean. Peace out woman.

How about a movie, Dixie? You and Darwin. Could be lucrative. Any interest? A little acting, no nasties despite what the sorry Hollywood types say. I invented "The Force" so I do have some influence.

They've closed the Santa Fe national forest and the Valle caldera due to very high fire danger.


I love watching your videos because you notice all the small details! You should have been a biologist! I wish I could see all the small things you pick up on.

Brraaaapp !!!

Seriously great video, Dixie! Look forward to the next one! Be careful on those loose rock faces!

Good luck in your trip, have a safe journey and Venture On!

Beautiful photography! Prayers for the right route and safe journey...love the vlogs!

The dog was so cute!

You are my favorite YouTuber and I look forward to your uploads so much every week!!

Hey Dixie  That made me a little nervous watching.  Thanks for sharing.

comment on clouds... yes, smoke... was a fire watch once

Another awesome video. Enjoyed your interview with Jack.

Aaron and Dixie need to teach some "cinematography on the trail" classes or something after this through hike.

Wow great footage and some on my gosh spots, as always safety first. Happy July 5th, and enjoy your Independence Day.

This landscape reminds me a lot of Iceland where I live. Slopes like that, with loose rocks and snow are something one learns to deal with. And I once had a dog who just loved running up and down steep snow slopes, chasing rocks and snowballs he himself started. He never got hurt doing that. If you ever decide to hike in Iceland, I would be happy to give some advice. :)

Go up to Telluride for the Blue Grass Festival and hike the San Juans. I used to live up there, it never gets old.

Glad you made it through there!

Awesome, Thank You!!!

Thanks, now I got C.W. McCall's "Wolf Creek Pass" stuck in my head.

That is some demanding hiking there! Glad that you finally put on the microspikes to cross that second snow field!!! Those dogs have the mentality of "Hold my beer, watch this!!!" You rock and so do the videos..... Ever On!!!

I feel so bad for the dogs!! Leave them home !!

Oh my gosh,,made me so nervous watching Dixie!!

This is as spectacular as the sierra nevadas!

Did you pick up new filming gear on your trip back home? The I is so much clearer and more vivid!!!

The image*

That's some ballzey hiking!! While I always hike with my dog I don't know if id bring her on a hike like that.

It makes me so happy to see footage of my beautiful home state ♡ I hope you love Colorado!

It looks a bit like the Austrian Alps

Hello I'm from India I like your videos very much

Does anyone know the name of the song playing around 10:12? It was in the PCT videos, too. I love it and the beautiful scenery

Dogs are stupid, but they do little they can't handle, physically.

High, there were a lot of nice views. I like to watch your journey. Kindly Fiete

I hope your dry socket is better...very painful...I had it once....yuck!

I think the Rockies are older than the Sierras, so if the San Juans had a baby it would be the Sierras?

Oh wow. Closure due to fire. Loved the PB and Honey on the tortilla. I never thought of it and I am excited to try it. Another great video! Glad you both are ok

Darignobullseye Thanks!! Yeah, I got sick of them a couple hundred miles into the AT and haven’t had one until now. Haha.

In the famous words of Captain Ron, “If it’s going to happen, it will happen out there . . . “. Press on, Dixie . . . Buena suerte . . .

Juliana Chauncey said she ran into you on the trail. How cool is that!

I love this episode, Dixie and Aaron. :) You shot it really well. I like how you showed shots from each of other cameras, showing different perspectives of the same scenes. And it was exciting, dramatic, and beautiful. I'm glad y'all made it in one piece. Greetings from England. Still hooked. :D

There’s been several wildfires in the San Juan NF. Colorado has more fires today! We have a shortage of air tankers right now!

As an Australian I'm always baffled by the dogs I see in hiking videos. Most of our hikes are through National and State Parks and dogs are banned because of the sensitivity of the flora and fauna. It's just interesting to see.

So in this video they are in the South San Juan Wilderness area, which is part of the National Forest (USFS) system, its not a National or State Park. So some USFS wildernesses do allow dogs, some don't. But National Parks do not allow pets outside of campgrounds and parking lots. State Parks would vary depending on the state.

I’m glad you have a kind of mandatory partner with you, not for fear of anything, just so that you have someone there to be with, even if they just walk into one of your shots every now and then. I have learned on scree, if you steer towards the green plants on slope, that can be a more secure substrate than loose rock on the scree piles. .

I have hiked all three and I would say the Cascades are the baby but that's me.

Seems like you guys missed the worst of the snow! im so glad

The dog wasn’t falling. It was just running the wrong way.

When you get to South Fork stop and eat at the Rockaway Restaurant (if it's still there). It's great!

Thanks. Glad i found your channel . I’ll be heading to CO to section soon .

As always - great video guys! I have never looked forward to Wednesday in my life. Now "hump-day" is my day.

Wow I was on the edge of my seat watching that! So tense! :)

Hope you had a good 4th. Keep on trucking!

It seems like thousands of years of breeding we could have made dogs a bit smarter

Hey Miss Dixie I just want ya to know I really really enjoy your channel I found you and this channel when you were doin the last month of the AT. and I was here every Wed for the PCT and I have not missed one yet this trip. Aarron seems nice, press on I'll be here as one of your biggest supporters wah whoooo Thanks for sharing...

Crushing the CDT, you rock

Great opening. Yes the San Juans could be the offspring of the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades. Yes, I have hiked sections of each though lived in the San Juan's area (Alamosa and South Fork). I got to hike out a lot of the South San Juan Wilderness in the late '70's, doing inventory so we could get SSJW area into the National Wilderness System. That was 1978 and not 2018, and we won!!!. I hate rock fields by the way. The only thing worse is a snow covered rock field when you cannot see the loose stuff and holes in between. The production and narrative values just keep getting better and better. Best butt crack asides on YTube.

Cute dogs.

stunning views some sketchy parts wow stay safe.

Happy trails guys. So glad your feeling better Dixie. My husband and I are wondering if you and Aaron are dating? You two are so cute.

I’ve been in the Sierra Nevada, the San Juan’s and the Rockies. The Rockies have easily been the sneakiest.


Happy 4th to you Dixie, stay safe in the fire zones, wish you could have gone all the way thru the San Jaun Trail, but it's better to be safe, there's always another time. God bless Y'all.

I was so sucked into the video I couldn’t believe it ended! Gorgeous scenery. Scary moments. I was so scared for the dog! Glad you made it through. Thanks for the video!

Things I love about the visual side of your channel: every video has such a unique editing + the quality keeps increasing!

I know it will seem like a soap box comment because I'm not there with them but just for anyone who is easing into using an ice axe and crampons, the axe is more than something to lean on. It should be driven into the snow in a way that if you "slip" you can lean into it and it may hold your whole body weight. But if you only gingerly place the axe there is no way the axe can do that job for you. The axe is more than just for when you full body "fall" down the slope and use it for arrest. That is the last thing you will use it for. Proper placement of the axe on the up hill side of any slope (like they did correctly here) and deep placement of the ax (something they could do better) is crucial to long steep routes on snowy slopes. Again, sorry if this seems like a soap box comment, only wanted to share this as they did show a lot of long footage of just such a scenario.

Wow that was hairy glad you’re safe.

Thanks for these videos! Wonderfull stuff. More marmots please- those things are awesome!

you are such a positive soul dixie! i myself have been facing some challenges lately and today's end of video chat was a wonderful reminder to be thankful for what you have and never let disappoint in one direction ruin the 360 degree view!

Loved the opening scene! Really great videography!

You are awesome

I stumbled onto your channel a while back and I’m enjoying your videos! The scenery is absolutely beautiful along the CDT. I’ve hiked around Chewacla over in Auburn and am planning a trip up to Mt. Cheaha in a few weeks, but I’ve never done an overnight trek. When you get home from this adventure and are looking for a day hike, check out the Swayback Bridge Trail north of Wetumpka. The 11-mile loop travels along Lake Jordan. The scenery isn’t as grand as the San Juans, but it is pretty.

I absolutely love your videos, you're such an inspiration. I completed my first thru hike last week - it was only a 74 mile route on the Cumbria Way in the UK, but it was a start for training for, ultimately, the AT and the PCT. I've found your videos so useful for gear tips and yes, I did import the zpacks duplex which is AMAZING!

Congrats on 120K Subs, Dixie! 200K is right around the corner...

For a minute there I didn't realize the guy was the one filming her instead of the other way around and I thought to myself "wow, he's got some nice legs for a dude" lol. Almost gave myself a complex.

did you guys pick up a new camera? the footage is BOMB!

Gteat job BTW!!!!! You had me scared shitless!!! :)

Start a blog on the CDT detour, wonder how many others had to detour?

Oh, that was so scary!

Watching that second dog had me on the edge of my seat, lol.

The San Juan mountains are so beautiful!

Whooooo Colorado!!!

WOW... What a great video. A little scary at times but you guys took your time and made it across safely. Looking forward to your next video. Be safe and happy hiking.

LOVED this video!

ieva I believe she films on her phone.

To really use an ice axe you need to have both hands free. You scared the dickens outta me...I may not live to 110 if you do that again! Great video though...one of your best!

OMG JESS! Thank you for showing "Pups" on the trail!!!!! Keep going!

Yeeeah... i am stealing the phrase, "a little hitch in the giddy-up" Might be a little odd coming out of a large bearded asian dude from SoCal but i'm used to odd looks. :D

Shadowbear001 Your not the only one...Love that song!

The Dogs are the best, so chill.

You should hike the Grand Canyon next

Omg, Aaron that ice axe technique is not gonna help you at all.

Dixie, how much does that backpack weigh that you're carrying around with you?

What is that background music? I loooove it. It sounds so familiar.

You seem to have a different camera. Am I right? The footage looks different from your earlier (PCT and AT) hike videos.

Good move to traverse the snow later in the day when it was slush. Traversing steep snow and loose rock is where a more robust hiking boot would have been welcome. A boot's stiffer sole and more substantial tread pattern provide much better traction and the extra ankle protection reduces the risk of injury.

Clem Johnson , I am with you on the ice axe use. They were correct on placing it in the uphill hand, but neither plunged it into the snow to place it securely between steps. If one had slipped, the would have had to flip and dig to self arrest. Whole scene made me squirm.

Love the Cascades!

I'm just here for the Southern colloquialisms. But seriously, couldn't you just take Dixie home and sop her up with a biscuit?

Love your videos

YEAH, its because notifications has been off until gear review??? NEED to re analyze your "team"... Have missed you and enjoying watching old posts for the first time.

Dixie, may I make a suggestion? A bungee cord with end hooks wrapped around your pack right there would hold your trekking poles closer to the pack. With those tips sticking up next to your head, I could see a serious accident happening. Put your poles in points down and wrap them tighter to your bag with a bungee cord. Always a good idea to have one or two around. They are incredibly useful and worth the weight. The rest of the time, you can pin your drying laundry to them. Boogie on!

I've heard rumors of grizzly bears in the San Juan mountains...

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