Friday June 6th 2014
My alarm screams at me at 5am fuck that’s early and cold just a bit longer at 6am I stir and stick my head out of my tent it looks like a great day I fire up my stove as I pack up It is cold but I will soon warm up especially when climbing .I top up water from the creek and set off it is almost Seven .I feel pretty excited about today as I make my way up Selden pass. The snow is solid and I’m making good time and it is not long till I’m sat at the top and wow the views are amazing and I can see lakes all around. Okay time to go down and yes there are numerous trails to follow I try to walk in footsteps but this person must be tail as I can’t stride that far so decide to make my own I’m soon passing a gorgeous beautiful partially frozen lake. It is beautiful on a beautiful day but a cold wind is blowing do I need another layer I ask myself but push on regardless
The lower I go the snow turns to slush and the trail becomes a small river. I slosh along as there isn’t really any other option, below I can see a forest which shortly I will enter.
The wind at last stops so I take off my jacket. It is hot as I make my way through the forest and I am soon climbing, climbing in the heat god it’s bloody hot.
As I descend back down into the dusty pine forest I suddenly hit a brick. I am completely devoid of all energy. Maybe I need food?, I grab a cliff bar from my belt pocket and much it as I wander along the trail . Just then a fellow hiker appears ( sorry I have forgotten his name) great as he tends to pull me along, I’m hiking on my own but it is nice to have some company if only for a few miles. Well it certainly helped me climb as we both slosh through the slush, mud and water. The trail is fairly easy to follow and soon we are at the top.
“Catch you up the trail Snail “, He says
The other side is a blanket of snow but there are deep gouges’ where’re people have glissaded down My friend Jumps into snow and he’s away I gingerly follow suit but in shorts it is not the best but I’m soon zooming down the side of the mountain