I woke up cold but then I was in a valley and by a river not a good combination.
I packed up then put on a brew. I was just about to drink.my tea when it began to rain ..bugger. I quickly finished packing. But then where is my phone panic panic..I unpacked my tent which then got soaked. NO phone
MY Sleeping bag. now also wet. No phone
I emptied my pack until I found it. I had packed it with my battery. Maybe I should have checked that first.
So now I have wet kit a wet pack and I’m cold and very late.
I left just gone 8am Crap.
Especially as I knew I had a big climb to do . I pushed on as the rain fell. Then I heard something behind…It was Google he’s always late to leave but can do big miles.
I blinked and he had vanished so impressed….i pushed on and soon crossed over a creek on the other side was a tent spot this is where cash was heading last night. The trail now began to get steeper but there were switchbacks but they were steep.
I kept climbing and climbing god this is high I though after 40 minutes. I soon began to see frost I had several layers on so was warm except my hands.
And with my crap start I wasn’t really in the right sort of mood but i pushed up and up and across and up and up. The rain continued to fall so with the rain and plants my feet were soon soaked.oh well.
I tried to put my other gloves on earlier but due to cold hands I couldn’t pull them on .
I pushed on and then it began to snow ..such fun…it looked oh so pretty but began to be hard work pushing through it and slipping.
I had been climbing for over two hours and I was already getting exhausted ,blaming this morning’s fiasco.
God I hope the sun comes out later or nothing will dry….
I kept climbing now and then a clear patch would apear in the swirling mist exposing beautiful sights but then it was gone. At last I feel I am at the top…and of course began to decend.. but im descending slowly as I do not trust the snow.
And where the snow is gone the mud is even more slippery.
I pushed on through some forest then climb up another cliff. At the top is yet another amazing lake but this one is cold and grey. I follow the snowy footprints around the lake and into a burn area. Now the sun is trying to break through come on sun you can do it. I follow through the burn and begin to head downwards cliffs begin to apear as the mist is beginning to lift.
Then four deer bound infront of me and then are gone.
Good as I hadn’t seen any for a while. As I decend I see a perfect rock to sit on and as its 12 I decide to call it lunch. I was planing to make soup but its in the bottom of my pack so tea it is lol. I open the summer sausage and cut off a huge chunk and then some cheese and biscuits.
Okay miles to do .
Well its definitely a day of two half’s. Before leaving I took off my rain jacket but kept on the second layer as it was still cold.
What a great afternoon strolling through meadows or warm forests .as I had a crap start I wasn’t looking for big milage,also if possible I planned to stop early to let everything dry out.
So the trail meandered its way through the countryside fording rivers and little climbs
The clock was whizzing around so at four I stopped for another break grabbed water and removed the second layer as it was now a hot afternoon.
Okay 6 should do it i thought to myself…I was now on the edge of a hill which I like and again flat that I like …I pushed on until I came to another river. This was wide and fast and once there was a bridge. As it was late in the day I changed shoes for the crossing it wasnt too bad although the water was freezing.
Once across I changed back and continued on . The trail then emerged by a rangers hut with a corral and in the corral where 3 beautiful horses . I carried on past and was again walking around the edge of several hills with the river running below. I followed this for about an hour before dropping down into a large burn area. I was now ready to camp but not here.
I pushed on and on for almost another hour. Crossed another river before deciding that I had, had enough
my tent is surrounded by widow makers but I’m tired.
I put up my tent leaving the fly off to dry but by now the sun had gone in and it was getting cold bloody cold. So I started tea but then finished it off inside my tent.