DAY 159 Glacier Park day 5

Sep 18th

I was in no hurry to get up as I only had 8 miles to do .

My alarm sounded at 7am and I silenced it and dozed.

I began to hear the heard of hikers  packing up and chatting wishing every one  well and  good  luck begore heading out.

At 8am  I heard the distinctive roar of gourmets stove  and decided to get up I also needed the loo.

Gourmet  was just packing up and so was Swiss Chris those two are going to do a 30 today  mad  people!!.

I’d like  to do more than my 8  or do I??

I sat at the picnic bench and boiled water for  tea.  Franzia came over to dump her spare food so I took a few  meals as I was low also detour  gave me some spare food too, so I probably have too much but better than too little. 

After breckfast I was just about to start packing up when a ranger strolled over  to our campsight there was a noise complaint  last night and she thought it may be us. I pointed out that as hikers we were all in bed by 10 am  but there was at lot of noise coming  from our  left and quite late.

OKAY  she said and headed that way.

I continued with my packing as other Cdt hikers came over to say goodbuy and wish  me and the others good luck and congratulations 

 Wow its only 30 miles to go. Whoop.

Okay  im ready.  I headed out but wanted to put my used gas canister in the recycling. 

The ranger was standing nearby so I asked if she had found the noisy ones ??

Yes they had been found and finned !! Youngsters  under 18 and drinking …….Oh Dear.

I headed out through the campsite and rejoined the trail. It was a lovely morning  so I would be stopping soon to remove a layer.

I pushed on down the trail  until I heard Snailtrainer  it was Ojay  &  Switch who had climbed up on a ledge to watch some moose.

Laters guys I shouted and pushed on as I knew I had a huge climb  to  do and I so love climbing.

The trail passed by several great waterfalls  then several amazing lakes  that mirrored the huge mountains  behind them.

Then the climb started, gently  at first then long, long switchbacks .

It was difficult to see where I was going .First I thought i was heading  up to the right  then the left. As I climbed  I was soon caught by  Ojay  Good luck snail  we  first  bumped then he was gone  but  then as he’s so fast  I could see where he was going.

OMG…are we going up  there!!.

The trail now climbed steeply up the side of a steep  mountain F**k that looks  steep and it was up and up and up.

Then it switched mountains and headed up the other side.

Again it was so steep very narrow  and slippery.  My 3 favourite  things…higher and higher and wow the views were amazing  you could see for miles and I was still not done.i walked around the next  mountain and began the climb up the other side.

Still I climbed higher  I will stop for a break when I reach the top I promised myself.

At last  I reached a plateau .

And quickly dropped my back.

Phew…  I ate  an apple and  a satummer that I had carried  out. Just then a day hiker came by he was fairly chatty and amazeds us mad hikers had completed or rather almost completed  this trail. He was just headed to the pass  so would see him on the way back. 

Then Switch came by we had a hug and wished each other well.

Switch

While I was here I went and got water as it was only 1.5 miles to camp and this was good water.

I hoisted up my back and began the rest of the climb. A few yards up I stopped to admire the views and a grizzly  walked by, just where I had been sitting

I desperately  tried to video him but my camera is so scratched it wouldn’t bloody record arrhhhh. 

Oh  well it’s my second  Grizz  so I’m fairly chuffed.

Then the day hiker  came back he had been spooked by  back bear  and  Switch  had chased him off  well done Switch

Okay  snail , i will soon be at camp..

I must have  missed the first  turning as i ended up  coming in from the other entrance. 

As I sat there a mum and baby deer came through .mum wasn’t the least bothered but her young baby was more skittish

I soon found the camp and choose a tent spot. I quickly put up my tent  then grabbed my food and headed for the food prep area. It had  great  seating . And of course hanging rail

I drank two beers that I had hiked out with then made several burritos  with the extra food that I was given . I wasjust chilling when two other day hikers arrived.

We chatted a while before I headed back to my tent

Mileage  8 

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