DAY 151 Heading to East Glacier day 3 lion!

Sep 10th 

My alarm went off but it was F**King  freezing so I silenced them until at least 6.30..

But even then I was still cold I opened the inner flaps of my tent and the outside door was frozen omg  that is cold. I unzipped it and looked out

Every where was white…Brrrrrrr.

A thick frost covered the grass

I slowly woke up a bit afraid to get out of my bag  it was -5 omg  thats cold. I packed up as quickly as I could  as my tea boiled.

I needed my puffy on today that’s  three layers,I haven’t worn 3 layers  in a while and my second layer is much thicker than the one I had started with.

Okay we are out of here..I pushed on  not wanting to stop to film until I could at least feel my hands. I headed up slightly then through some woods. Its typical on the next morning you come across numerous campsites far better than the one I choose yesterday…typical  ha ha.

I pushed on once again the trail was fairly flat but due to the cold I had a late  start  so that  will cost me miles  today  but hey I’m not in a race  and I can almost smell Canada .

I wound myself  around several hills before dropping down in a burn area. I guess I walked almost  3 hours through this maybe more and as most of you have seen burn areas there wasn’t too much filming to  do . After 2 hours I came to my first creek once across I decided to stop  as i needed to remove my puffy.

I grabbed a bottle of water  but as it was too cold my steripen  didn’t like  it.  So I didnt bother to filter .  It tasted so good and ice cold.

Okay  let get those miles.  I headed off again  still in the burn but after another hour  I needed to remove my second layer as I was roasting

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F**kup!!! Somehow when I hiked away I left  my bear spray sitting on a rock.. I knew I would do it sometime  and today was it. 

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As I came out of the burn, below  was a huge beautiful  lake (most are) I began to head down via switch backs and was soon near to it .but  didn’t go to look. As I passed by I noticed several tents  sweet spot I said to myself.

Okay  I will grab water  at the next stream.  The stream soon appeared it was when I dropped my pack that I noticed that my bear spray  was missing. Could it have dropped off  ? No I don’t think I attached it at my last stop. 

So I said lots of FFFFFFF words.it was too far to go back . I was so annoyed with myself .

Oh well I  will have to be extra clean and careful at camp later.

Okay  lunch time.  It was a while until I found a suitable  spot as I wanted to dry my tent also.

There..I dropped my pack  and undid my tent roll laying out the fly and groundsheet. 

It was lovely sitting in the sun. 

I made some soup and ate summer sausage and a few snacks as my kit dried in the sun. 

Jules appeared hey why are you not in front?  And don’t suppose you picked up a bear spray??

No to bear spray and he’s been doing  side  trails.

Okay  no probs.stay safe I said as he headed off

He was soon gone. 

Okay all dry  time to head on. 

After lunch I spent most of the afternoon meaderong through  forests which was mostly overgrown. I love to come through it with a big hedge cutter  but they don’t allow mechanical  machinery in the forests  . Seems dumb  to me as there is so much trail to maintain.

I plodded  on then in front of me 

OMG  FUCK!!!!!!!

ITS  A FUCKING MOUNTAIN LION 

!!!!!!!!!

By the time it had registered in my brain. I had grabbed my phone .found camera then video  then pulled out my can of my Banana Boat sun screen ( for protection)

He had moved a little  we both looked each other and as my phone is so scratched took a while to press record  but I got  him a bit out of focus and much further away than when he first appeared .

NOW WHAT DO I DO??

I WAS SO EXCITED AND SHIT SCARED TOO……

I waited a few  minutes then carried on down the trail  I was nervous of him/her leaping out on me but then I saw her  to my left walking off into the woods.

OMG  I HAVE SEEN A MOUNTAIN LION… God  Im still buzzing from that encounter.

I carried on down he trail and soon came to another wide creek but was able to rock hop across.

Once across I saw Jules

Jules I’ve just seen a mountain Lion.

“No way man,where”

About mile back. I have got some footage not brill.

I showed jules a bit of the video 

He was so impressed  and maybe a touch jealous.

I pushed on still buzxing.

It was  now 4 pm and although I wanted more miles  there is a camp site  in about 4miles that should take me to 6- 6.30.

At 5.30 I decided to stop and have a cuppa. Just a 10 min stopp  then I will push on .at the next stream I watered up ready to camp.

At last  great  it 6.30  that  do me 

Mileage  22 and a Mountain 🦁 

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