"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore ...
What was originally supposed to be a 3-Day 2-Night endeavor into the Enchantments became shortened into a 2-Day 1-Night trip. After @tony_ross and I set up camp the night prior, we woke up to a breathtaking sunrise followed by a full day of exploring the core zone, utterly speechless by what we were experiencing. Winds began picking up early in the afternoon and by the time we made our way back to camp at 3:30pm, we realized that our tent was practically collapsing by how strong the winds were blowing. After much deliberation on whether we should stick it out, we made the executive decision to pack up our camp as quickly as possible, shoveling freeze dried meals into our mouths and then hopping on the trail by 4:30pm. Shortly before we got back on the trail, as we were filling up water, the handle of my water filter snapped and we only had half a water bottle to last us until getting back to the car (*gulps* ‘great’).—
We began crossing the core zone back to Aasgard Pass, the way we came up the day prior. Given how exposed this area was to winds, we were fighting our way back through a mini blizzard of sorts with the snow getting picked up off the ground and into our faces. Arriving to the top to Aasgard Pass at 6:00pm, and with the sun setting at 6:20pm, we knew we were in for a real challenge. After catching our breath, we anxiously began descending down a steep, icy, and treacherous pass. It became pitch black before we knew it and soon enough, we were hiking down with headlamps, no view in sight, and 2000’ of elevation loss to cover.—
Two hours later, we made it down to Colchuck Lake—relieved to have made it safely down the pass but knowing we still had about 4 miles to go before arriving to the trailhead. We made it 3 miles down from the lake before the trail stopped dead in our path. Completely delirious at this point, we realized that we had missed the bridge across the water and had to backtrack 5-10 minutes before crossing again. About 30 minutes later, barely hanging on and dehydrated as can be, we miraculously made it back to the car just after midnight. Utterly exhausted and in disbelief at what we had just conquered.— ...
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