I woke early to the sound of the wind still roaring. But I had slept really well.
I dozed until my next alarm before I began to get ready .
I went for a wee and retrieved my bear bag that was still where I left it.
I slowly packed up slurped my tea and I was ready.
I looked up at the climb that I was about to do, tightened my pack and began .
I hadn’t gone far when the trail
suddenly turned right and preceeded to head down and down and it was a lovely wide path I followed this path down for almost an hour and then got really annoyed as if I had known it was going to be this good I would have gone on.but sadly I do not own a crystal ball or hindsight..
Now the trail began to climb but it wasn’t too bad as there were switchbacks and they were not steep and they were shaded by trees on both sides. As I walked I kept saying to myself I could have camped there,there’s a good spot and there. Oh that would have been a good spot .
Eventually I emerged out onto the ridge and there was no trees or shelter as I began to cross the wind returned with vengeance.
OMG it was fierce,I removed my hat or risked it being ripped from my head the noise of the wind was also deafening and as I walked I turned into a crab as forward movement seemed impossible in places I fought not to be blown off of my feet.
I stared ahead and could see the wibbly wobbly line of the trail meander over several more large hills and disappear off into the distance. This was going to be so much fun….NOT!
I pushed on walking sideways as it was impossible to go straight battling with the ferocity of the wind.
Again I thought should have done more last night.
I counted off the hills as I crossed them, after the last one I headed into more trees and a break from the wind.. but once through it I was presented with more of what I had just crossed with the trail Once again crossing several more hills and into the distance. But now the wind had subsided and I could walk normally and wear my hat .
I was getting nearer to Rogers pass and a good time to grab lunch.
I began to climb yet another large hill when almost at the top I noticed people, mother and son on a day hike . The mother made me smile as she was carrying an enormous sheaf knife .
What are you planning to hunt I asked?
This made her laugh.
We chatted for a while before heading in our different directions
Soon I could make out the road and the trail began to head down.
I went left then right along the switch acts bit it seemed to take forever until I was at the trail head.
Phew.i found a large rock and
Dropped my pack. Used the bathroom and as there was a trash can dropped my trash.
Lunchtime, I ate a load of snacks and then took a few photos of the sign as it’s my name ha ha.
Okay what goes down has to go up so reluctantly hoisted up my pack again and began the climb out . As i began to climb I stopped and put on an audio book these seem to help me push miles .so head down and walk.
Once again I’m carrying water and once again its heavy such fun .
I pushed on climbing with the odd few minutes of swearing until 3.30 when I needed a break .
But only a quick stop as I wanted more miles .I had plenty of food but really wanted to push on to bench mark or at least get to the water. I set off again turning up the music but it was l mad climbs again but i was determined to push and get there. I refused to look at my watch incase it laughed at me.
Okay I need more motivation so went from audio book to music.
That’s a better beat.
Okay I can peek at my watch now 6.30 Okay snail we are almost there.
Water…..I watered up and not much further was the perfect spot …
My tent was soon up and relax.