I head a few people moving when my alarm went off but I silenced it and switched of the 5am one two.
6 am that will do
Even though I was near the lake I had i condensation on my tent. Result.
I packed up and when almost done made a hot chocolate and some instant oats.
As I walked I stopped to look at the lake . It looked so beautiful.
Okay let’s go I was on trail by 7am not the best get away lol.
Okay trail snail. Typically after a few yards it was frozen of blow downs to navigate around or over . The trail then followed several other small lakes before diving into the forest again and then began to climb .
Then I hit snow a big wall of it how the fuck do I cross that. Then I noticed foot prints heading up.
I gingerly climbed on up I was on the trail but still had to climb phew I sounded like an old steam train. The Altitude just sucks my breathaway . I was slowy chugging when outage (Calvin ) came by he’s just so fast.
Then the Aussie couple apeared . She was also struggling with the Altitude..I pushed on climbing up into more large snow fields. It was handy having outage in front as I could see which way to go.
I seemed to have spent the morning climbing through snow then out onto some nice open stretches but some of these were littered with lava rock so I was not able to get any speed up.
A Marmot dashed in front of me. They are like a cross between a cat and a beaver (to me ). He made me laugh not sure if I caught him on camera.
It was time to climb again and I could just about still see the Aussies. .this enables me to rake small short cuts .
It wasn’t a bad climb and I was soon coming down the other side.
I have learnt its better to go back and it wasn’t far till I saw the cairn I missed. Below were several lakes and in front a vast snow field. Foot prints went in all directions . I decided to make my own route and it worked out perfect. I then noticed the Aussies on top . I pointed to the correct path. But some how they were able to intercept with me.
I pushed on through the snow and then snow bumps after the last one I lost the trail. …
That’s the bonus of being high up.
I followed them for a while until they stopped at large lake to water up.
I checked my app I was off trail. So again walked back.the trail turned sharp across a frozen lake
There was a small climb and then wow there was a huge beautiful lake. I stated at it for a while before moving off. Once again the Aussies seemed to have found a short cut back to the trail..
The rest of the afternoon i followed the Aussies. The trail was long stretches of lava with a dozens of melt water run offs so it was a challenge to keep your feet dry.. The trail now began to climb and I lost sight of my freinds .I stopped to grab water just in case. Then began the climb .it was long and steep and I was puffing again. Ut wow once on top the views were amazing. But then it was down and once again huge stretches of snow and dozens of streams .
Now the wind had got up and I was getting cold . Even more when the sun was hidden by clouds. I was still heading down .now I want a tree with shade so I can take lunch.
At last I dropped my pack.filterd some water and had a few snacks
Okay back to the trail. First another snow field to cross.
I was doing okay but even as I crossed another I missed the trail.
I was just pondering when Monk came by and he was flying, almost running.
I followed after him but lost him and the trail. Another hiker then appeared behind me. Don’t follow me I said I’m off trail
OH. She said and veered left. I followed after her.
It’s here she said.and took off.
I followed after but there was more water than trail. .I gave up keeping my feet dry.
Every times I crossed a snow field I was lost and it was bloody frustrating st last I was back on track.the trail now dropped into the forest on a typical trail that i Iike….But even few yards was a snow bump. Some were liw and you could walk over. Some you had to climb so it was slow hard work . Then for fun there were the blow downs too. God this was exhausting. Shame it was too early to put up.my tent.
Soon the snow returned and I struggled to follow the trail.
At last the trail was clear and I came out into sunshine. Sat to my left was Monk and smother hiker.
We said our greeting then I carried on but not too far ahead I took a break
Okay back to the trail but where is it . I waited as other hikers appeared and seemed to instantly know where yo go
Xxxxx came past hi snail. We walked for a while but I said see you later as I could not jeep up to her pace.
I Then came to some huge snow fields. I set off across following the numerous foot prints but some of the drops were dam scary so when possible I stopped and put on my micro spikes
Just gives me a little bit more confidence. I was croosong these for near two hrs and I was exhausted. Then the footprints went off in all directions. Where did every one go. I headed down.
Big Mistake I was off trail again.
It took all my strength to climb back up potholing and swearing.
Okay I was back.on trail. But where are all the footprint.
The ones I was following were the Aussies. But where was every one else
I must admit of being aittle worried stuck on the mountain in snow. I followed the trail and footprints almost disbelieving in them both. At last we began to drop down . Thank god phew.
The trail was now visible to see.
At the next large stream I grabbed water zs I was down now just somewhere for my tent
As I walked into a open area I could see tents god this was my spot that I was shooting for
I foundca spot not perfect but I’m done.
Okay tent up dinner eaten
Another hard day