We get a nice morning for our climb up James Peak, but then the weather gets crazy. The low clouds to our east come rushing towards the divide, where sheer cliffs lob them straight up into the air like feather pillows. No trail has been constructed on much of the section, and we scurry down once to wait out claps of thunder. It all gives the day a very wild feel. The afternoon gives way to light rain, and the thunder storms move off to the west. Finally we bid farewell to the divide at Devil’s Thumb pass, the thumb mostly hidden in the mist, and descend to Cabin Creek.