That was a great day yesterday let’s see if I can beat it ??
I was up and on trail by 6am
It was just light as I passed Jacoby’s tent.
The trail started friendly enough but soon began to climb and climb and climb and climb some more .I reached my first summit and wow how amazing. I took 5 minutes before starting my next climb this was steep and high.
But I hadn’t finished I needed to head up along the ridge
Wow what amazing views. I headed across the ridge towards another range of mountain.
Guess I’m going up one of you I thought. I was now following a mixture of posts and cairns.
Soon I was heading down.this made me smile. As I knew what was coming.
A really steep down followed by
Yes another big Up.
Once up again the views were amazing and I stopping so often to video and take photos
The trail now crossed over some wide plains until i came to a Cdt post I presumed I would go right and down. But this is the Cdt so left and up.
Once I had started left the trail vanished I stared into the distance and could just about make out a cairn so headed towards it, luckily it was a cairn and not just a pile of rocks.
As I neared it there was a huge rock formation behind that looked amazing
The trail now decided to head down and hopefully water.
Just then two sobos came up the trail I wished them well as they both looked shattered.
At last water it was a spring and ice cold so I didn’t filter.
As I took 5 minutes Jacoby arrived
I heard you go past my tent he said .
Then a French hiker arrived for water too.While we were watering up another hiker past by who hadn’t seen before.
Once done I set off down the trail and imeadity came across several huge screes as I walked across the heat from the rock was scorching.
Jacoby appeared behind me.
What amazing scenery snail
I totally agreed.
We followed each other for a while before i overtook him
The trail now meandered for several hours until it came to a small stream.Lunch time I dropped my pack removed my shoes and socks and relaxed
Jacoby arrived mind if I join you ?
Not at all were chatting when the Frenchman arrived and kept going.
Jacoby and I chatted for about 20 minutes. Well we have done 9.7 miles not bad considering all the climbing that we have done.
We resumed our hike Jacoby leading and me following he’s a little faster than me but I managed to kept him in sight.
I eventually I caught him at a junction as he had stopped to check his app.
I laughed ,It’s the CDT its got to be up (IT was)
I started the up. Its a ATV track/road so it’s bloody steep and littered with rock and it was now hot. Jacoby came passed and was soon at the top. I struggled up puffing and panting.
and could now see that the road snaked into the distance and up.
Bloody great i thought and I set off after him keeping him in view until he stopped once more to water up.
The next water after this was in 7 miles and there were lots of ups and downs.that would be today’s target. we both marched down the trail but as I kept stopping to admire the amazing views Jacoby was soon out of sight. Until I came to yet another huge beautiful lake. Here were roads everywhere but all heading into the distance and up large mountains
OMG that doesn’t look like fun and it wasn’t.
I set off again after Jacoby but the trail was almost verticle and
I can’t climb or climb very fast and by the time I had made itvto the top Jacoby had pulled out a huge lead. But I still had him in my sights until I stopped again for water. I filled both bottle’s 3/4 full of water before resuming my hike and imeadityy was on yet another climb ,the trail climbed and climbed steeply for about 1 Mile ,but it didn’t stop it just kept going on and up and it was hot.
French man passed me as i struggled up .Once up and over I could see Jacoby in the far distance bloody hell I thought the trail looked insane it snaked up and down sever times into the distance.
We were on a Atv track and I had no engine and just wasnt happy.
I was bloody annoyed and the next water was 7 miles away and I was strughling up these stupid hills.
After I had made it up the second stupid hill Frenchman was now also in the distance .
I was getting fed up, this section is crap. The downs were steep and rocky so I had no pace and I had no pace going up arrrrrhhhh
I pushed on getting more cross luckily I was carrying extra water (I usually do)
4pm came and went,5pm came and went and I was still on this crazy roller coaster.
My phone was getting low on power so I switched it off and I was still following this crappy road.
At last the trail (road!!) began to decend ,but again too bloody steeply for my legs .ichecked my watch ,It was now 6pm and I had,had enough.as I passed a small spinny I thought F*uck it I’m done! and there was the perfect camp spot.
I was exhausted,both feet hurt, I soon had my tent up and tea on the go
I have to say I loved the morning and just hated the afternoon.
I will get a good night sleep and finish the roller coaster in the morning then after that there is another stupid huge climb.
I can’t wait