The alarm went off at 4.45. I silenced it. And rolled over really pleased with my new Rab sleeping bag.
The alarm went off again .I snoozed it and decided I needed a wee but as soon as I was out of my sleeping bag I soon learnt how freezing cold it was. My tent was frozen the grass was frozen.
I shut up my tent switched off the alarm and snuggled back into my sleeping bag.. far to early and cold to get up.
The next alarm waa 6 am that will do. I emerged out on my tent wearing my puffy and thick gloves. But my fingers were still cold . I put on a brew and began taking down my tent the fly was icy so will be wet when I get it out.
Tent away I made hot chocolate and had instant oats. Made it too wet but it was still tasty.
6.30 and we were ready not a quick start.okay hill i am ready for you.it was a long hill but not too steep as it had plenty of switch backs..
Because of the cold morning I was still wearing my puffy a first for this trail.
As I climbed I noticed several dear watching me with their huge ears pointed towards me.
They watched me for a while before bouncing off up the hill..
As I climbed there were several snow mounds yo climb over and then it was back to the blow downs. These just suck my energy. as your approach your thinking can I get over is there a route around . Then once that’s done there is another. After about a dozen of these I stopped to remove my puffy as I was roasting. As I sat two Aussies came past. If they started this morning then they are fast.
I kept climbing . Either the ossasional blow down util I was at the top
I exited from the trees and was in a wide open place and All the tress were blown down.there was s path and some had been cut but others needed navigating.
I began to go down hill and noticed the two aussies taking a break. The trail began to climb through the downed trees . I was on the middle of climbing over a fairly difficult one when Calvin appeared now known as blackout lol.
He’s fast and was soon out of sight. I pushed on clambering over under and around
The trail then exited out onto the side of the mountain with fantastic views. I pushed on ,the trail then was coverd in snow and they were long stretches. I gingerly chambered up and used the other peoples foot prints still it was a little sketchy. Then I came to another then another.
The concentration was immense.
After this the trail was fairly clear until I csne to a large lava scree. But was easy to walk on . I crossed about 4 of these
Okay I need a break. At the end of one of the screes was a stream so I decide to water up and take a break eat my apple.
I was just about to move iff when shoes and Chameleon appeared.
Ducky was somewhere behind
They where ables to point out were I should be as the trail was hidden by snow. Okay my turn to climb and from Up here I could see Ducky and pointed to her where the trail was too..
I watched them go then set off after them. Next minute I could see them across the other side of a hill going up
Eventually I emerged onto a wide open plane. Still snow to cross but you could see for miles and sat by a clump of trees was the team.
Ducky soon caught me and was gone. I pushed on climbing through or clambering over fallen trees.
When I got to them I took a break also.
They plan to go to the pond. I like to go further but I font think its possible for me with this terrain.
The trail climbed and there were dozens of snow Bumps to get over. Then the trail was vlesr again until omg I could see shoes and Chameleon in the middle of a very long and steep snow shute . OMG OMG Idont like the look of that. I stopped at its edge and put on my microspikes just as Ducky arrived. She too put on her spikes and marched out I began following but when I looked up she had vanished. Once across I took 5 mins and removed my spikes.
I packed up and set off after them. Ducky was still resting.
I pushed on up the trail climbing snow bumps or traversing them . After the last one I exited on a large meadow but once I left the shelter of the trees the wind blew and I was cold.haveing taken off a layer earlier . FUCK .
the wind was merciless I crossed several off these. Until in front of me was a large hill.
I decided I would around it,as I wked the ground became a bog so it was a challenge to keep my feet dry.as I rounded this huge snow field.i could see the gang sat together. when u reached them I dropped my pack and laid down in the dirt.this corner was sheltered from the wind I fact it was lovely and hot.
After filter water they set off and where going to climb and meet the trail.
I sat enjoying the sun and my break when the Aussie couple arrived. She has completed the Pct. Her parter hasn’t done a thruhike before.
Okay I need to move. I copied the route thst my freinds had taken and cut across to join the trail.
It was snowless whoop. And headed down with amazing views all around. I pushed on checking my apps yes im on trail.
The next minute I wasoff trail.weird.i cut across heading where I think the trail should be
And once on I could see the huge cairns.
I I hiked on the trail became wetter and boggy, due to all the melt stream runoff.
The two Aussies then past me .I began to follow them but as we desended we ran into more snow and was fairly difficult to cross..phew this is exhausting.
But I am loving the trail.
In the distance I could see several ponds. I watched the Aussies stop for water.i grabbed another Litre just in case.
I set off before them crossing several more snow fields become the trail climbed. As I stopped to video the pair caught and passed me again.
I followed them keeping them in view until I lost them on another snow shute.
I climbed over two but I was off trail fuck no!!
It tok me a while to find it.
The top was fairly level and now the game was try to keep your feet dry haha.
I was now feeling exhausted. And I would put ip my tent ,but it was still too early…sob
I pushed on jumping the streams and boggy bits.
At last the trail began to head down bur the downs were covered on snow snd the angles were steep.
So slowly I went. the melt water takes the easiest path and that’s normally the trail
So that’s fun ,climbing down trying to keep your feet dry
At last I’m at the bottom.okay about a mile to go.
I just about to scramble over a tree shed 4 other hikers appeared. 2 I knew. as I moved on anther hiker behind my said HI snsiltrainer.it was xxxxx
We hiked on for about 10 minutes and then we were at the pond my destination for the day.
I know my mileage is poor but that’s due to the sketchy snow and bloody blow downs.
I dropped my pack and got out my tent. I lay the fly sheet down to dry as it was wet from condensation this morning .
I then set up camp and eat supper.
I’m so tired
Mileage 12 a tough day.