DAY 143 Heading to stemple pass the outfitter

Sep 3rd

I was awake and dozed.when the second alarm went off I pulled the stopper on my mattress. 

It was still dark  when I opened up my tent . I answered the call of nature  then set about packing up.

The sun was just starting to rise but due to the smoke it was still hazy. I’d be happy if it stays like that. 

I drank my tea stowed my cup and I was ready  to finish the climb. Water was going to be scarce today so I’m hoping that i have enough. 

I began the climb and I was soon over and heading  down.  Hindsight is wonderful  and I’d I had known the trail was going to be like this I would have pushed on as it was down and down and down until it wasn’t.

After an hr the sun was already  hot…  that’s not good i thought. 

Especially as I began to climb and then there was the fun part of jumping over logs. I pushed on as the sun continued to rise and shine.

God this trail was getting harder   steep up climbs then straight down  my favourites. 

I could see the climbs heading off into the distance fantastic I thought.  After the next climb I need to take a break . I don’t know why  but I was feeling exhausted  and it was still early.

Okay miles snail.  I climbed up yet another huge climb and once up I was so dismayed to see the trail   climbing up several more hills  into the distance. 

I set  off and of course its down and steep  and covered with marbles*. I inched my way down  but the decent seemed to go on forever.  Then I was lying looking up at the sky and I had fallen on a rock right on my coxits.  I lay there for a few minutes   checking that I wasn’t hurt. Bruised maybe but not damaged. So now I can swear.

I pulled myself up and continued  the decent even more carefully.

And then the climb. The first part was fine  then I wa climbing up shale  which is like walking through cat litter..  oh and it was now roasting my watch said 90  and it felt like I was melting. 

I was struggling to climb. I was slmost at the top but then needed another break. Only sipping water as I knew I was low  and was in danger  of running out. 

I took ten minutes for me to cool down   as I was just too hot.

Okay  I pushed on and finished the climb I was once again spiralling down   before yet another climb  in direct sunshine. 

On and on I went then I ran out of water  F**K…. I was roasting  but water was in a mile.

But I didnt feel good  so at e next shade  I dropped my pack and took an hrs nap.. I was just drugging from the off and these big  climbs were killing me.

I set my alarm for an hr  and snoozed 

NB. Again in hindsight  I should have made it to water then took a snooze….Maybe ?

I woke feeling slightly better. And set off for the water it was .8  to the trail junction.

I took the trail to water that ended up being 1/2 mile down a steep hill.

I eventually  found it and drank almost 3 litres I realy needed it.

I made two cups of tea then filled up bladder.

Once agsin I was feeling very dizzy when I got there . I was very dehydrated  .after drinking I ate a load of snacks until I felt  okay.

But  as I had cone down 1/2 mile I had to climb back up and with full water.  Did I say the sun was hot!!

I struggled back to the trail  and  once back on trail there were still plenty of ups and downs.

I had a few swears  and pushed as I came down yet another steep down I stopped and collapsed on a log.

I was feeling a little sorry  for myself as I just didn’t have the energy.

As I sat there I could see two hikers coming towards me. Those shorts I would know anywhere  it was Kid  and a freind called ” Story time” who has joined him.

We chatted for a while  .Kid told me of an alternate  at the next junction  that should shave a few miles off and less climbs.

Perfect. I sat fir a further 20 minutes then set off after them.

I had  one more big climb and then it should be down hill to the junction. (Fingers crossed)

I pushed on the junction getting nearer.  As I got closer I could see another familiar face sat under a tree  ..It was shepard. Hey man good to see you.

SHEPARD

You too Snailtrainer  he replied. 

I then noticed kids pack.

They have gone to get water snail.

I had enough  or rather I hoped I had. So headed off down the road on the alternate.  After a few miles I stopped for a break then noticed wild raspberries so gorged myself for a few minutes.

I pushed on and noticed a sign   saying 3 miles to the pass.

GREAT  that’s  1.5 hrs. I quickened my pace  and pounded down the dirt road.

I was almost there but my feet began to hurt  So took a quick pit stop removed socks snd shoes swapped  socks then put on my shoes and pushed on.

I was now at the trailhead . I turned around and could see the outfitter high on a hill.

How the hell do I get there.?

Just then a quad came by and the couple stopped to chat then told me how to get  there.

Omg what a bloody huge climb  but then I saw Dave sat at a picnic bench.

I introduced myself and showed him a picture of me outside his old shop on the Pct 2014.

He showed me where to pitch my tent.  Then I grabbed two tins of sprite  . I necked one as I put up my tent then savoured the other one when I was done.

I was just chilling when Kid and Story time arrived. Then 7lb hammer,Shepard, hotsauce the aussies and Hanibal

We all congregated around the picnic table  and cooked tea.

Later I brought a few things from the  store.

Then it was time for bed after putting my food in the shed.

What a bloody hard day..

I am exhausted.

Mileage  18

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