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DAY 6: MOUNTAIN SHEEP SPRING TO LOWER JUMPUP SPRING

     As I'm eating my cold oatmeal for breakfast, I notice that Mike is having hot pancakes and bacon.  It's probably just an oversight on his part not to offer me some of his scrumptious food.

   
  Mike having breakfast
10-6-2014 @ 7:55
 

     There's a reason I like to sleep in a tent.  While packing I find a friend under my tent ground cloth.

   
  Scorpion
10-6-2014 @ 8:15
 

     We finish packing and head up Sowats Canyon for our move to Lower Jumpup Spring.  Although the route down Sowats and then up Jumpup would be shorter, that would also require us to negotiate the Ladder and Ledges again.  No one seems enthusiastic about that, so we take the longer but safer route.

Preparing to leave
10-6-2014 @ 8:26
Walking up Sowats Canyon
10-6-2014 @ 8:39

     At the cairns, we start up the north side trail to the top and pass the "Homer Simpson" rock.

Climbing to the top
10-6-2014 @ 9:12
Climbing to the top
10-6-2014 @ 9:24
Homer Simpson rock
10-6-2014 @ 9:30

     The ladies are apparently feeling rambunctious again and once more challenge us to a game of King of the Hill.

   
  The ladies playing King of the Hill
10-6-2014 @ 9:39
 

     There are very nice views in all directions from the top.

Southwest view from the top
10-6-2014 @ 9:45
Southeast view from the top
10-6-2014 @ 9:45
North view from the top
10-6-2014 @ 9:45

     After a short break, we start across the Esplanade for Jumpup Canyon.

A break at the top
10-6-2014 @ 9:46
Walking on the top
10-6-2014 @ 10:22

    Upon reaching Jumpup, we go down canyon about a half-mile until we reach Lower Jumpup Spring where we find one campsite on the west side of the creek bed.  After a little cleanup and limb moving, there is enough room for three of our tents.  The others lay out their sleeping gear on the gravel creek bed.

Rachel and Emily's tent
10-6-2014 @ 3:41
Richard Erbe's bivy
10-6-2014 @ 3:41
Richard's tent
10-6-2014 @ 3:41

     After a nap, I go down canyon a little ways to filter water.  The other half of the Adventure Leadership Class we saw in Indian Hollow comes down for some water also.  They are camped up canyon at the cottonwood trees.  My plan for tomorrow is to get up early and leave around sunup.  That way I will beat the heat and won't slow the others down due to my slow uphill hiking speed.

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