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Colorado Rockies

To train for my upcoming hike, I hiked for two days in the Ptarmigan Peaks, outside of Dillon, Colorado, between elevations of 9,000 and 13,000 feet. It was the first time I’ve ever hiked at that sort of altitude, and by the end of Day-1, after about 15 miles, I had a raging headache, which forced me to end my day early and set up camp.

I was surprised with how round and bulbous the mountains were. I was expecting razor-sharp ridge lines and towering spires, but I was happy to have nice, hard, flat ground to walk on for the most part. Pictures below…

There were no water sources along the trail, so I had to rely on snow, which I packed into my water bottle and drank after it melted.

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