DAY 160 Glacier Park day 6

SEP 19TH

I woke up to rain …perfect I thought. So snoozed the alarm. And again around 7 am the rain seemed to have stopped  so I made a break for the bathroom and then collected my food bag on the way back.

I quickly began to pack up as water boiled. Hot chocolate this morning.

Okay  I was ready and its not quite 8 am,  not  bad. I hoisted up my pack and  headed back to the trail  which was almost a 1/2 mile

Okay  i’m back on trail  in full wet gear as the rain is continuing  to fall so not much filming today..

Also as the clouds  are so low  you can’t see anything either. 

I pushed on as the trail seemed fairly  level  but it wasn’t long until I was climbing. The plants on the climbs were covering the trail and so my feet were soon soggy ..arrrrrhhhh. 

I  was to spent the afternoon climbing along the sides of mountains. I really like this  type of  section as normally  you get to see so much  ….but not today .I was hoping the sun might break through so i could dry my tent as its soaked making  my pack heavier.

But there looked little chance of that happening. I  crawled up one side of  a mountain crossed over to another and crawled up that one too. Again nothing to see  as I crossed the saddle and then headed straight down . This time through  thick woods  but I was soon through and once again climbing up the side of the next.

I was busy  singing *  as I met  a group of  day hikers headed in  the opposite direction.

I apologised  for my singing and they laughed as I passed  by.

Then I was back to climbing.  Then from nowhere another cdt  hiker appeared he must be shifting if  he had come from Many glacier  . He was soon past me and out of sight…wow  he is shifting…..impressed.

As  I climbed yet another mountain I was beginning to tire.  So  began to look for a decent spot to take a break. I dropped my pack and made soup hopefully that will warm me up  as I was freezing.  Well my hands were.  As I sat two more hikers came  by  mutant and dragon. I hadn’t seen either before.  Both were pushing on to waterton ,my stop for tomorrow.

Then the group of day hikers apeared who had camped  at the same spot as me yesterday.  They were fairly chatty and impressed with my hike.

Okay  miles to do although I didn’t have a lot  further to go, maybe 3 miles 

Once again I was climbing up long  sections across the face  of mountains  and the sun was desperately trying to come out.

A long way ahead in the distance I could see the day hikers. I always like a target to chase, so  increased my pace.

I eventually caught them as they had stopped for dinner.i think they were doing a 20 so were also heading to Waterton.

I wished them well before starting the long decent down into the valley . Not far to camp now I thought.  As I headed down the sun did indeed appear  and I was  soon over heating…but not too far to go. I soon spotted the food hang  Great  I’m.here. I checkedout several of the tent spots and choose one.

I undid my tent roll and took out the soaking  fly   and laid it open on some  grass. Sun do you job  I said and assembled ecrest of my tent. Inflated my pad..then went for water. Soon the fly was dry  so I put  that over my tent.

Lunch time..I grabbed my food sack  water and stove and headed for the food prep area. I threw up my rope then began to cook..tea  first then a double rain with chicken and bacon

I was just finishing up when a hiker came past  thst I recognised.it was one of the Canadian French boys. 

Hey  I shouted.

Snail he replied….and came over.

God I can’t remember when we ladt saw each other.then his hiking partner  xxxxx appeared.

God  great to see you guys.

We chatted for a few minutes then they  headed out

Okay  dinner eaten I packed up hoisted up my bag and headed to the pit toilet oh my this just made me smile.It didn’t have a surround so I guess you just sing .Sing loud

I just  got inside my tent when the rain returned followed by  very loud  claps of thunder….VERY LOUD. 

Then the wind arrived. Scary brutal wind. I was concerned thst my tent may get ripped. Do I did the best thing I took 4 ibuprofen PM. Hopefully these will knock me out ..I also foolishly canceled my alarm *

MILEAGE  12  

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