good morning is CDT day 80 I've been having trouble with my phone since last night it had died and then every time I try to charge it it automatically tries to turn itself on and that kills the battery and it does it over and over again on a loop so I haven't been able to record anything out of camp this morning but it looks like I got it up and running now so it's on the solar charger and I had to sit for like an hour on a pass just to give it that juice that it needs so now around 40% it should be stable enough to charge while I'm walking but anyways yes sleep was really good last night used this morning were incredible and the mountain that I've been climbing is called ptarmigan peak and I happen to find a ptarmigan I as I was walking by the trail he was only like 10 feet from me and he was not scared away of course because I didn't have my camera so it seems like wildlife know about cameras or something because when I don't have it available they're totally chill and they do whatever and it's no problem but then when I do have my camera they're running away or they're too far away any such as life maybe I'll find more wildlife today but yeah I'm word to the trail now made it's it's starting to descend now back down to about 10,000 feet just so that I can do another 2,000 foot climb the views just incredible in a new kind of a new area new mountains new valley and I still have another pass to go over until I go down and then back up to read you in the CDT so it's possible that I'm still not even looking at the CDT right now it's still about 12 miles away I think so this is really cool I feel so remote because the trail comes and goes and disappears so it's obvious that almost nobody uses it and it makes things pretty interesting you know a little bit of route finding and haven't seen a single soul all day right here is actually the best the trail has been all morning so that's good but I just feels really remote and today's the perfect day for it because I'm confident I'm happy you know I just had an accomplishment yesterday so I'm in the perfect mood to be alone and enjoy that time and coughing hi miss means the top of this pass to be honest I don't know what it's called but I do know that one more climb brings me back onto the CDT it could be right there actually it could be neither of them I could climb up and over that I could take this Ridgeline all the way over climb up and over that one in a couple hundred feet and then they'll still be a 2,000 foot climb on the other side I think that's actually what's going to happen bummer but very very pretty up here what else down there we go right there is ptarmigan Pass and I walked across kick stepped over that snow chute and went down there all the way down about a two thousand foot drop and then a two thousand back up to here a lot of climbing made it over yet another pass I am going so much slower than I expected to today hi Oh Just Energy has been kind of crapping out and I think it's the amount of climbing because this would be the most climbing I've done on the CDT so far it's like over excuse me it's like over six thousand but um the CDT comes back let's see if I can do this better yeah right up there where that Forest Road meets the ridge line I'll be back on the CDT and then follow that ridge line and a loop so I have to get to that forest road and then climb that forest road at the top and then we'll be another 2,000 footer or so I finally got a my first moose encounter and it's a bull Wow most number two I'm not sure if it's the same one because as the same size rack and now I'm on his side of the river which is a little more nerve-wracking and he sees me hi please don't charge me wow this is incredible one two two moose sightings in the same evening that is one huge animal Wow how's that for an avalanche guess I gotta find myself some trail in here somewhere no boy I had the plan was to climb all the way atop this Ridge and then take it all the way around to the other side which is about seven eight miles away in order to camp in some trees but I'm very tired for some reason and kind of lethargic so I was having a lot of trouble today so I'm setting up camp right here just short of the ridge now I am pretty exposed but what I did was I knocked every stake in all the way in with some rocks and then covered every stake with rocks tighten down everything on the rain fly and I also picked a spot that has a little bit of a windbreak with some of the trees so I helps but yeah I'm just also it's a very calm night so it's easier to to be somewhere that's exposed see if you can get a little nice panorama of the sunset here yeah it's a very calm evening so I'm not terribly worried about wind but you never know when it can pick up in the night so I'm not really gonna take my chances but look at that that is just incredible but I came over the pass right about there and just snaked my way down through the river so one or two moose male getting some food and water down there in the river and then took this forestry road about 1,300 feet up to where I am now that leaves about 700 left to get up to the top of this Ridge so what you're seeing way up there is about 700 feet higher than me and I just went with a compromise and said I'll do it tomorrow usually after a town day I tend to have a lot of energy because you know I've taken in so much extra food lots of fats that are really hard to get on trial lots of protein and carbs and this last time was no exception when I was in Silverthorne I went to a smash burger for breakfast I went to Wendy's for lunch and then dinner yesterday breakfast this morning lunch today was all chicken Bao buns and thanks to the Brahmins for my trail angels from yesterday and so I'm just like I'm ingesting all kinds of carbs and protein and stuff but for some reason I just look lethargic so I was actually about to camp down in this valley but I said you know I'm supposed to be like eight miles ahead like 2,300 feet of climbing ahead and then all of a sudden something clicked in me I got some water I got some rest and I just started bolting up that hill but you know with no extra food and stuff like that because I didn't eat that can only last so long so I got up here about two switchbacks away so I need to go one out and then one up to that Ridge 700 foot climb and then they'll be on so I figured that's a compromise at the very least I'm knocking out at 1 and 3/4 miles and 1,300 feet that I don't have to do tomorrow so little here a little there so I can enjoy this beautiful sunset a lot of the pink coming off the clouds and then I can drink the remaining three beers which again from the Brummett smite rally angels from yesterday and maybe watch a little office but yeah I got I'm got myself pretty dressed up I got my puffy underneath my rain jacket just in case because you know the in exposed areas wind could blow through at any time temperatures are already dropping if you can't already tell my face is kind of flush more from the hiking but also because things are starting to get cold so puffy pants I love rain jacket and then once I get into my tent I'll have warm dry socks and my rain pants on and then everything else dipped up tight so I can maintain and hold on to as much heat as I can plus eating a lot of food and drinking some beer helps for sure so I guess I just wanted to make sure I got all that out of the way before it got too dark to see so I'm probably gonna finish off the chicken Bao buns for dinner because I turned it into yet another meal there's about three buns left so and then have some drinks and you know see where the night takes me I don't know mmm so what do you do with a beautiful romantic multicolored sunset well you drink alone of course but what are you drinking the juicy banger you know what time it is folks it's time for a juicing with Jan Dalls oh yeah baby and I am so ready to get juicing don't worry as I will not fall off this hill it has been on my mind the entire time when I thought about starting to drink I will remember this hill that is gorgeous well sunset just just to you me baby let's have a juicy banger together oh that's good juicing with Jan those ladies and gentlemen doesn't get much better than this oh and if you're anything like me you may also have never heard of chicken Bell buns when the permits brought this to me I had never heard of it before but I am one that loves trying new foods as some of you have seen from my Hawaii trip when I tried beef tongue intestines and liver this isn't really supposed to be as adventurous it's just a pretty common dish but I just never heard of it before so I was excited to try something new and I'm so glad that I did because it's amazing so these are Bao buns they're doughy they have some pretty good flavor to them and then you flip them open like so Oh like an open book and then what I've been doing with these Bao buns is throwing on some chacón actually let me flip this over it's easier than just looking at my face so I take the Bao bun then I put some pinches of chicken on there already cooked chicken throw that in there like so yes I did use hand sanitizer before I started this video thanks for wondering and then I've been loading it up like that putting the other bun right back on top almost like a little sammich oh yeah so you go you got like chicken and almost like a little sandwich but then you also I've been dipping it but I think you can also drizzle on this BBQ sauce and it's kind of a it's kind of a thinner kind of got like a vinegar taste to it barbecue sauce it's it's very good I've never had anything like it but it soaks into the bun and it makes the chicken juicy and then I'm just eating these basically like chicken sliders traditionally you also throw on some pickled cucumbers but I already went through all those so this is what I got chicken BBQ on a bun so now you know what chicken Bao buns are thanks to the Brahmans so I guess you can say I'm jazzing up my dinner with some chicken Bao buns so you have just visit jazzing it up with Jan Dalls we are juicing we are jasm we're all kinds of Jays tonight how oh yes that's important things anyways so today ended up being about a 17-mile day and I climbed about 6,300 feet in elevation one of the hardest working days in terms of elevation that I've done on the trail so far and it's um it's no wonder that all those days just keep beating each other one after another because this part of Colorado is just very very elevated there's just mountains go straight up straight down and they don't usually connect to each other so ridge lines have been hard to come by it's just been poppin overpasses down into valleys up the next pass down into in the next Valley so it's been a lot of work and I think that's why a lot of been kind of making me tired and the next three two or three days or so are no different and there's some big climbs in there so nothing to do but to knock them out so yeah 17 mile day sixty three hundred feet in elevation game and now I'm camping on this Ridge so we'll see what tomorrow brings so thanks for watching episode 80 of the CDT check out some photos I got some good ones today we'll see you guys tomorrow all right you

CDT 2019 Ep. 80: My First Ever Moose Sighting!
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9 thoughts on “CDT 2019 Ep. 80: My First Ever Moose Sighting!

  • July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Hey look, you can be a spook with the
    degree you have;

    Environmental Safety Officer

    Central Intelligence Agency

    Washington, DC

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Hey Jandals, Is it getting to be that time yet when you can no longer have food in your tent. Do you have to watch for bears soon?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    grats on your moose sighting and keeping in tune with your body, if not the song 🙂
    good to see you’re always upbeat (who wouldn’t be with that trail magic glow, the 1000 mile mark passed and those views!!), i’m sure it keeps the separation anxiety at bay.
    keep on, brother!
    🍺

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Wow, I know you were tired, but that 360 view is amazing. Damn, this is a beautiful country you get to hike in.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    2:16. Might be time for new gloves my friend 🤣

    Great hiking videos.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Camping on a ridge line, i thought i was the only nut that done that ,seeing moose nice you done some hard walking, feeling out of sorts comes with the joy of hiking, Your rendition of the sound of music needs a little more gusto, but a good try.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    6ooo foot elevation gain over 17 miles. No wonder you are low on energy! Great pics!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    no offense, but you're too upbeat. I love your footage, but I'd be afriad to hang out with you. I'm sure we'd see the same things, just use different words to describe them. Great footage as always. Im just too unrefined.

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