The ascent continues.  We’ve only gone four hours today and have five more to go. I can not convey to you how challenging this hike is in reality, especially for a cube jockey like myself.  It’s a grueling, relentless drive up and down some of the most unforgiving terrain i’ve ever experienced.  There is absolutely no way I could have prepared for this unless I moved to like Denver, bought a stair master and used it for 8 hours straight for four days in a row with 20 pounds on my back.