I get an early start with shade all the way to final zigzags up Triple Divide Pass, then spend hours
The CDT alternate over Dawson Pass is some of the finest ‘balcony walking’ of any trail.
The final push out of Glacier is over Signal Mountain then through Blackfeet Nation land.
It’s a long, overgrown and buggy walk out of East Glacier towards the wilderness.
The start of ‘The Bob’ is a seven-mile stretch of blowdowns on PUDS or pointless up and downs.
The trail heads up a steep slope with views of snow-capped mountains, then into a fairy forest.
It’s flat through a flower filled burn area then a balcony walk looking and climbing up and over dead fall.
I take an alternate along the Sun River to avoid blowdowns and ride a horse across a ford.
I walk four miles with heavy feet, gasping for air as my heart races, then hit the SOS.
I'm "trail angeled" then head home on the Empire Builder to see a cardiologist and return to trail.
Feeling strong with a mostly "all-clear" from my cardiologist, I begin hiking the Teton Crest Trail.
The Divide is short but steep to Lake Solitude where I nab the best site with its own resident moose.
The trail traces Cascade Canyon to Avalanche Divide where an off-trail scramble takes me to a remote lake.
Switchbacks over Hurricane Pass take Blissful into the magical polished granite of Alaska Basin.
Sheep Steps leads to the "cobble stones" of Death Canyon Shelf and scrambling up Spearhead Peak.