Posting from Rawlins! The phone system works, but consumes too much time and battery power, especially with a weak signal. So probably no real posting from the trail, oh well!
Sunny and warm to start, and even a nice bit of cross-country navigation. Soon we’re into snow, and I lose the divide and find it again a few times, sometimes having to crash through the woods for half an hour before finding a trail marker. Snowy up high, and wet wet wet as we descend. We start looking for a dry spot to sleep at 8, and give up after and hour of sloshing through marsh, settling for moist spots under spruce trees.