I was up and out if bed by 5 30 my fellow hiker Jader was also up
I stripped down my tent before makeing tea and instant oats
Okay lets go.
I waved goodbye to jader and headed out.they was a bit of a sketchy stream to cross then I was away. There were really good tent spots this side too.
I made my way through a dismall forest then the climbing began and AT style straight up. Omg it was steep I pushed and stopped for breath and repeated until I was up bloody hell that was a climb. The trail now meandered through the hill side but dead ahead I could see a fine line up a mountain. Omg that’s a big climb too. it wasn’t long untill I started . As I climbed the wind came a vicious wind thst knocked you from side to side . Down below I could see jader start. . He will soon catch me .
I was really struggling on this section and the wind wasn’t helping. God it was steep. As I neered the top jader caught me then I noticed another hiker below. Where did he come from.
At last I was at the saddle but the wind was even worse . I couldn’t stand . So quickly went over the other side. But it was no better. The wind pushed you into the hill and when it stopped you almost fell over until it blew again.
I was heading down very steeply and the trail was gravel so very slippery. The other hiker passed me and sped off. God knows how people do that. In the distance I could see a trail junction,one went calmly down the side the other went up. Guess which is the Cdt. Ha ha.
I was nearing the bottom and saw that jared had stopped.
I joined him for a break. He was saying that we had climbed 2500 feet and had about another 1000 to do…. wonderful I thought.
Jared took off and in 10 mins I followed after him. The small hill in front turned into another endless giant. After that it was another meandering trail but again in the distance was another huge climb up yet another mountain I could just about make out Jader nearing the summit omg more climbing.
I chugged up that one and as I went over I could see Jader far below but heading to start yet another large climb. Really I said to myself is
that all we are doing today just climbing. I was a bit cross but the trail is the trail
At last I had finished that climb and the trail is now going down.
REALLY yes it is . I zigzagging through rows and rows of my favourite plant but these had been cut back so no scratches or swear words.
I began to follow the river down the mountain and would follow it for about 4 hrs. Through numerous forests.
At 1pm I decided to take a break. My big toe was giving me grief
So I took off my shoes snd socks to air my feet . I then wrapped my big toe and the next toe.
Okay lunch I delved into my bag and began to munch.
Okay Snail I need those miles.
I was back on trail and almost walked into a moose. I was lucky he wasn’t aggressive and just bolted for the tress. Sorry wasn’t quick enough with my camera but 5 minutes later I spied another. He was a bit far away but I got some video
Now I’m feeling chuffed as I pound down the trail. But its hot bloody hot . I have water in my bladder but some ice cold water is what i desire .So at the next stream I stopped and grabbed a bottle, I glugged half and I’m ready again.
The hours are ticking by and so are the miles but I’m feeling tired and my left foot is hurting. I really wanted to push on while the trail is flat but my foot doesn’t want to play . I am about a mile from the trail head ,okay I will camp there. And there is water soon.
I soon arrive at the water and fill up both bottle’s.
It’s not long until the Trail head appears, I walk through as at the far end are drop toilets and a place to camp.
I soon have my tent up and begin cooking
Later a couple of hikers pass by. God wonder where they started.
Well I think a good day shame I’m so slow on the climbs but 17 is not bad