I was up early as I had slept well and even though I was camped by water I had no condensation on my tent.
I stripped down then made hot chocolate and instant oats
Okay all ready .I was back on trail by 6.30 .feeling very pleased with myself I marched off down the trail but the wrong trail
For fuck sake snail…..
So took me a while to find it. .at last .and as I walked out of camp again the Aussies were there two.
Omg the start was great climbing through a forest of snow and I was exhausted after 30 minutes and puffing like a train.
The trail took you around the outside of the lake and in the morning sunlight looked beautiful. It then circled another small pond then climbed and now it was the blow downs to navigate. Once up I was greater with snow lots and lots of snow .
The aussies seem to have goat legs and powered on through .
I followed on but more gingerly.
More sliping and sliding. I followed on keeping them in view
Untill a several more blowdowns slowed me down. Just then an Elk run by I got my camera ready as there are normslly lots of them together..
I was now hot so stopped to take off my fleece..I was just getting going when old bag+ 1came by.
I set off after them but they were soon gone.
I t was lots of snow again .I was foung okay then I came to a group of resting hikers.
Monk was here. Was this how far uou got I asked
I pushed on throuh the snow next minute I’m on my arse.fuck it.nothing hurts I packed myself up and carried on the trail now climbing.i seemed to have lost the trail when old bag came by.
Then yonny appeared and his freinds .
I watched them go as I don’t seem yo have the stamina maybe it’s the Altitude but I’m running out of excuses
As I turned the corner yonny and co where halfway up a big mountain
They hadn’t bothered with the switchback they had gone straight up.
So I followed.as I climbed I could see the Aussies sat below taking a break.
I climbed and climbed then there was a long shute of snow to navigate over and I have to sayi was bricking it. I as scared very scared I inched my way over then there was another Chute down. Again I really did not like .as I inched my way down.this carried on for most of the morning.eventualy I put on my microspikes to help with grip and traction at last we appeared to be outof the snow znd on a normal trail but huge block of snow blocked the trail.
And because the sun was on them I couldn’t climb and again was sat on my back side. I Swore loads and tried again. Again I was sat on my backside.
Again I swore at the blocks of snow.i tried to go around and dlipped in the mud and again sat on my backside. At last I was past this one .there were many more most smaller and easier to navigate.. then I got to another monster. I tried several times znd failed so decided to come down little but this proved t be more of a nightmare. Can’t remember how many times I fell over but eventually I was on the ground battered and bloodied .
I was fed up ached all over and just wanted to stop and go to sleep.
In the distance I saw another hiker and thought I can follow him.i set of with a course the last time I saw him . Wow I was on trail but then it was huge now blocks in the trees. . I don’t seem to be able to stay on trail.Aaaarrrt.
There it is , Another hiker came past I like this as I can see which way to go and sometimes take a short cut..
So I could cut across and start the climb the other side. It went up and up and up got it was steep and then the wind came.
A wind that wanted to blow you off the mountain. I was staggering up when the Aussies appeared wonder where they had been.maybe lunch.
At last I was over it and set of down but the wind still raged on
These long stretches scare the shit out if me. I really font like them. But the kids walk them with little effort..1 done 2 done then omg the down was as scary as can be almost a vertical drop and several hikers had glasaded down
Omg as far as I could see there were fields of snow. I stopped and put on my microspikes.
Basically like a slide
I am not thst courageous. I inched down very sadly very slowly. I was exhausted and uf I could out up.my tent I would
Okay I will climb. Before started I knew this was going to be a mistake. I was exhausted
But I pushed on and on and up snd up crossing several water falls.the wind then returned with vengeance. It slammed me into the trail .I couldnt breath I couldn’t move.
In the distance the trail snaked around thd mountains.
FUCK FUCK. I had to climb there was no other option. I pushed on that’s all I could do. Two more hikers passed me then a third.
I watched where they went.oh good it looks like they are going down but when I got there it was yet another trip around the mountain and the wind knocking me about.
I really had,had enough. But I couldn’t stop at last we speared to be going through a pass or saddle but sadly not it was still hugging the mountain snd more snow fields No no.
In front of me where do trees .maybe I thought but no the wind whipped through .
But then I spied a small sheltered spot .it will be a compromise. But I really can’t go on
As I tried to put my tent up the wind was fierce. Once ip i threw every thing in.
Well I hope there is a tent above me in the morning.
I blew up.my pad.yook off my flies and socks. Put on dry socks and got into my sleeping bag as I was cold..
I was hoping if the wind died down I could cook.
Luckily for me it did.
But who knows later