Wednesday, September 12, 2012

COBS Day 5 - Easy Pass to Lily Pad Lake Resupply

These are the words, as written, of Chuck Lafean, age 16, on Course C-242 of Colorado Outward Bound School.

Up at 5:30. Headed toward Lily Pad Lake for resupply on day 6; 7 miles so we figured we'd go 5 today and 2 tomorrow. I lead. Up one peak. On the way down the other side saw 1 big mule tail deer and a smaller one, both in velvet. Down about 1,500 feet from Easy Pass to a small lake with no name. Cathy is waiting for us. We decide to go on to Lily Pad. Bill was leading and got us lost. Map work and we were there. Had another great meal. I think we are getting the hang of it. Bill, Tony and I (oh yeah and Steve also) sleep under the same tarp. Sleep.

I remember this day completely differently. You will see by the map that I recall going completely the wrong way. I am pretty sure we didn't get into the right gulch until about 5pm, and hiked well into the dark. We had two flashlights, one at the lead and one at the sweep. I recall this was one of the those nights where you couldn't see your hand in front of your face. I don't know who had the watch, but I am pretty sure we climbed until 11pm when we arrived in the saddle of the pass. That is where we spent the night. It was very windy; so windy in fact that Christine's ground cloth blew away in the night.

Cathy had gone ahead to Lily Pad Lake; from my journal she must have been expecting us. I wonder if she was worried about us.

This is what I remember. I can't explain why I didn't put it in my journal. I thought maybe, this happened later in the trip, but there is no reference to it.

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