I slept really well as it was lovely and warm in my bunk and with dry bag. I woke around 7am but didn’t get up until 8 am. I visited the loo and then on the way back grabbed water. Once back at the cabin I began to go through my stuff, I still have far too much food , so decide to take the spare to the hiker box. I check my gear one more time then I hoisted my pack. Dan took look at my pack yesterday as was lop-sided and had fixed it, Dan adjusted on of my straps that had come loose.
I double checked the cabin once more , said good-byes to Dan & Beth and marched out towards the general store. I got my passport stamped and the brought a cherry coke.
As I sat enjoying my drink I suddenly realised that I didn’t have my rain jacket.
Bollocks I said to myself and quickly raced back to the .cabin.
Luckily Bill was still there and passed me my rain jacket.
How the hell did I forget that, come on Snail pay attention. I said to myself as I thought that I maybe buying a new one.
OKAY let’s go as, I knew that I would be climbing all day. The first part was really pretty but I soon needed to stop to remove a layer as I was roasting. .The sun was up and with clear skies I could actually see some scenery. As I continued climbing the trail become tough and rocky and I really needed to be a billy Goat. phew it’s tough.
As I rounded an other switch back I was met with a fantastic views so stopped for a break and to make the most of them. I checked my map and was surprised to see that i had only 3 miles to go wow that’s good I will soon be there!! whoop.
I moved after 20 minutes and continued the climb. the trail getting steeper and steeper and so I was soon puffing and panting like a train.
Up and up I climbed. it was relentless and seemed never-ending i passed 2 Canadians who were resting and continued on.
I was still chugging up when Red passed me and disappeared up the trail. I pushed on and at last began the decent, but typically it was steep and slippery and so I moved slow but felt I was making good progress until my knee cried stop.
I imeaditley pulled over and took more meds before gingerly moving on. then up ahead I saw two familiar faces of Dan & Beth.
“Good going Snailtrainer ” they said
As I crossed over the Hill I could see the shelter but with my knee I decided to call it a day. I dumped my gear and was soon making a brew , followed by supper.
It wasnt long until the shelter was full. I joined my fellow hikers around the fire then bed