The slabbed across the side of the ridge on a narrow track with gusting wind that both cooled you off and threatened to blow you off the mountains. Pretty exciting and filled with views for many miles!
Mount Rogers was a highlight but the whole day was wonderful views. Dropping down to Rogers Pass the switchbacks would sweep left and right over a 1/4 mile each way with little downward progress. Later I would be wishing for more switchbacks!
The views continued as I climbed over scree covered open hilltops and into Cadotte Pass where I climbed a tower with a missing top near a yurt at the pass. Then up and up the scree covered slopes; straight up that is. Where are those switchbacks now? The sun was right in my eyes and the wind so strong I couldn't keep my hat on. The glare was so strong I couldn't see where the trail was on the wide rocky slopes and I kept ending up off trail just heading up till I would find the trail again. Hard work but fantastic views looking down away from the sun.
I ended up pushing on till almost dark to get to a small spring. Water has been a very scarce item lately. The spring was on a steep slope and I ended up climbing to the top of Green Mountain and setting up camp as darkness closed in. A great day!