Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, 02/22/10 Green Mountain

Headed up Gregory/Ranger with Sierra. The trail had seen a good bit of traffic, but was not consolidated all that much. Conditions made the going slow, so I just went with it, hiking mostly on the up with some running thrown in. Casually jogged most of the down.

While on the upper section, the setting sun illuminated the fresh snow draping the trees and was really quite amazing. Even though it was cold, the sun cast a warm glow, more mental than anything. The sun set around the time I made the summit and with the setting sun, my core temperature dropped, enthusiasm plummetted and all I could think about was a hot shower and warm food.

For the last 10-15 minutes coming down, I waffled between going faster to get down sooner and going slower as to not trip in the waning light. I never needed my light, but contrast was minimal. I was glad to be done.

Up: 55
Down: 32