Monday 10th September
my alarm was going off as I wanted an early start . I wanted an 18 today . but I snoozed and snoozed again
eventually crawling out at 6am oh my god it was cold so I retreated and got my puffy and beanie on then went for a wee and retrived my food bag
I Put on a brew and began to strip down when I was ready I stowed my puffy but let on my beanie . finished my tea then I was away. It wasn’t far to the shelter but the trail was so crappy, roots collapsed trail that it took me half an hour to get to it but I didn’t visit as I wanted miles today and it was two big climbs first then the test of the day was up and down. I started my first climb hoping for sun as my hands were freezing , Some gloves would be nice I thought . doing finger exercises on my poles to keep them warm
as I climbed the air did warm up thank god . But it was still a nice temperture to climb in . after about an hour of dodging roots and little hand over hand climbing I had my first view which was amazing . Wow . I returned to the trail to finish off and eventually was at the top of Barren mountain whoop
my next was chair back fourth mountain. but I had to decend this one first and it was an awful decent rocks and more roots . it was exhausting me and it was still morning . I pushed on but not too fast that I fell. it was now beginnig to get hot as I weaved in and out of the forest trees.
in places a new trail.had been laid so it was fairy nice to walk. but then the roots and rocks returned . I de ided thst in would push until 1pm and hopefully I will have done 10 miles which would be good especially with this cluttered trail. as I climbed yet more rock my watch chimed 1pm and there was the perfectspot for me to stop.
I dropped my pack and started a brew then got out my cheeses and cut thick strips off . which I did ear with my Ritz biscuits and some jerky. and what else I had put in my snack bag.
I savoured my tea . it alwways taste so good put here .I enjoyed my snack and tea but those miles were waiting . I hadn’t gone far where So-hum and kaleidoscope hi guys I said
I crashed at the third spot after you and thought I’m.good.
They laughed then disappeared into the distance. I plodded on and it wasn’t long till I caught them both sat on stones having lunch
There was water there so I grabbed a bottle then headed off. I again came to a new piece of trail (redirected) and it looked much more friendly then the old bit.
I then climbing again this off was called Columbus Mnt. I was just admiring it when So-hum and kaleidoscope arrived we chatted about the mountains In the background .
before i watched them sped off. Then next part was walking over rock slabs which I like . but then it was head down over huge rocks .this bit i didnt like.
Once down I was up again at last I emerged by a campsite and continued on . I was then I got confused at a trail junction as there were no blazes. I walked. little way down one trail and when I looked back could see the southbound blaze. after several hundred yards I was at the shelter chair back gap shelter. I passed straight through before heading down . I crossed several bogs then I spent the rest of the afternoon on a seesaw or rather that’s what it seemed . It was now three and I was tired. I will settle for 16 miles I decided. as this terrain and trail.have been bloody tough..I was the. passed by Kalidascope and so-hum again . Where did you guys get too ?
Ate you enjoying this trail?
As I’m bloody struggling with it . There agreed thst it had been a hard day and then they were gone . I pushed on annoyed that I couldn’t go any faster . Just around the nect corner I spotted 4 grouse i watched then. for several .minutes then I continued on up. and down up and down . ping went my watch it was 5pm .
I stopped to check my map as I did so a girl.called Twinkle passed by see you st the campsite !!
I had 1.5 miles to go and the map said down . Great but the down hills kill my knees .
but I was tired a good brew will fix that. i pushed on and then began the down..Typically it was steep and covers with many water bard to step over. I eventually came to a road ..I crossed over and continued. to my left was a stream so decided up water up
But a little further down I found the ideal spot there were two hikers here xxx and twinkle. Do you mind if i .camp here.
No we are just eating then are going to push on.
So I set up..we were all concerned about the rain tomorrow
miles left. 84