I struggled a bit to get up even though I had slept really well , okay I am up, I put on a brew as I began to pack up. Come on snail that’s was a messy get away
I followed the trail, as I was debating how to get over a large log another hiker appeared behind me
God where did you come from. ?
I must have camped near you as I saw you leave.
His name was Pat
We walked a while as he seemed to pull me along but I couldn’t keep this pace up so wished him good luck. I was saying that there were less climbs today.
Oh good I thought I may be able to do a higher mileage ha ha
I do not know why, but I struggled to get any pace today. I put an app on my phone to try and motivate me, but no nothing as I plodded at my normal pace. It was turning into a lovey day so before the next climb I stopped to remove a layer .
That’s better although I may need it on again at the top lol . Even though I was slow I was really enjoying the trail even the few bumps were not too bad , until the next down , omg the blow downs were horrendous and really took some thinking to navigate over or around them.
Okay lunch time after the next climb, halfway up was a huge cairn which must have kept some one busy. I found a tree with some shade and relaxed took off my shoes and socks and ate my last apple, that tasted so good. I checked my water, I was low and the next was almost 5 miles away, I can do that but it makes you want to drink more.
I pushed on climbing and descending, jumping trees climbing and descending. In a meadow was a huge snow hump and it was leaching water. I stopped nearby and dropped my pack I scooped up water with my cup and poured it into my bottles. Then I put my bug zapper in to make it drinkable.
I was just finishing off with a French hiker named Axle came by .
We said the normal greetings.
Okay snail we need more miles and of course the trail now heads up and climbs , Omg the climb just goes up and with snow. It looks a bit sketchy in the distance but this is the trail.
I head up at the top it levels out at the end sat axle ,
Yes snail it goes up up and then along all the ridges he said pointing them out
OMG OMG. I set off and up the first section its drops down a little before heading steeply up
the up is almost vertical and very sketchy.
Axle comes straight past me, how does he do that ? By the time I had reached the top he was long gone. The trail now snaked up another hill I stop to put on another layer before giving chase haha.
Okay where is that water? At last I to fill up my bottles as I was getting camp ready. My destination is a pond so do I need to carry this much water , so I empty half of each bottle. Spring water has got to be better than pond I decided .
Okay 1 mile to go but I needed to cross six snow chutes for fun, until at last the pond came into view
I chose the first spot put up.my tent and ate dinner