We (2 of us) got out Saturday to attempt traverse from Appalachia to overnite at Sphinx Col, descnd via Jewell to Cog parking lot.

Took longer than planned to ascend Madison...met another group of 2 attempting the same at the Madison Hut..joined forces there for safety...long and short of it was that we lost the cairns on Gulfside trial some point past Thunderstorm junction (high winds, blowing snow). After searching for trail, day was getting late...had to overnite above treeline...windy night!

Sunday am we reconnected with Gulfside.....backtracked to go back down Madison rather than go forward with uncertain trail situation.....good gusts of wind!

On descent down Madison I dropped an Outdoor Research (red) covered Nalgene water bottle...bottle had an LED built into the lid. Please shoot me a message if you found the bottle........thanks!