DAY 56 Heading to Lake city  day 6 (let’s climb more mountains)

8th June

I really wanted to get up early but it was too bloody cold.
But at 6 am I pulled the plug on my mattress; I was packed rather quickly      bonus point

I am made two packet s of instant oats    and a mug of hot chocolate

I was on trail by 6.30 good effort snail

I knew I had a climb first thing   and oh what a climb I chugged up at my amazing sloth (snail) like speed It was almost two hrs.  before in reached the top and was able to get my breath back.
Once up I took off a layer sprayed myself with sunscreen.
Okay lets go, I knew it was going to be a climbing day after sneaking a peek at the Profile.

Don’t do this as its just depressing ……
So, I knew it would not be long until my next one such fun.

I don’t know why but I am having break problems with climbing these mountains. my lungs just can’t cop and its where I loose valuable time and miles.

I slowly chugged up mountain no two and wow what amazing views. but it was a false summit so I had to keep on climbing. But luckily this part was not too steep.

Once at the top I could see several roads in the distance, wow its obvious that we are not going that way as it would be far too simple lol.

I began to head down crossing several snow chutes… mmm haven’t done any of these for a few days. we I reached the ground I could see that I was at a trail head   with a board and sign in register. I signed my name then continued on and great two rivers (large streams) to cross)
Great wet feet   brilliant and then straight to another climb.

This was a bit crappy as it was loose dirt shale, so   not brilliant to   climb

Eventually it evened out and a trail reappeared    but    vanished high into the mountains.

As I continued on, I could see a lodge or yurt on my left, I believe you can stay here but as it was a fair way off, I didn’t visit but just kept on climbing.

AS I reached the summit there was the obligatory signpost except this one was different as this is where the CDt and the Colorado trail now share the same space.
I pushed on and was surprised to be encountering more and more snow. nothing really to bother about more of an annoyance    as if you   walked around rather than n over the mud was    so slippery that kit took you down or at least wanted or   worse it wanted one of your shoes.

I began to cross several meadows   with great view all around   then I climbed through a very rocky bit, maybe like the moon.
okay break time, I stopped glugged some eater and scoffed a Mars bar.

Okay the next part should be flat so I should be able to make up some time. except where there was once snow there was now mud, although it did not look like mud until you tried walking through it. I tried walking around      but every now and then I would sink…. At last, this ended and I was able to make good progress again      climbing a little then climbing some more, the landscape was for ever changing    with wild flowers all around.  I now began to drop down into a valley but in the background were more hills.

As I made my way up a snow filled pass, I spotted another hiker in the distance.
As I hadn’t seen anyone for several days it was good to be able to say hi. He was just a day hiker    but still good to have the conversation.
in the distance were 3 large hills and I guessed which one I was going yup and I was right.

But the climbs were on switchbacks so not that steep.  But they still took effort to climb up and up back and fourth, at last I was up but this connected with another but I had to walk around its edge, I like this type of trail eventually I was at the top and level .
I decided at the next water  I would stop for lunch..
I dropped my pack  laid  out my ground sheet, got out my food bag  then went to get water from the run  off… But the water was great. Containing a lot of sediment.

I tried nearer to the ice, but it was the same. bugger oh well I have enough.
I sat down took off my shoes and sock and relaxed.
Okay   I need those miles.   I pushed on and as I crossed over another saddle in front, I could see a dirt road snaking away and up in both directions

The nearer I got I could see ATV or quad bikes    moving upwards, but by the time I had arrived they were long gone.

The Trail now follows this road for about a mile. But before moving I grabbed a bottle as the water was clear here. I just hoisted my pack when the train of ATVs came back, the occupants all waved    but no soda or beer lol.
I walked down the road before turning left and climbing as I did, I noticed two hikers in the distance.  I pushed on climbing then dropping down but still appearing to climb.
eventually the two caught me. We joked a bout the amount of climbing that we had done today and hoped there would be no more hahahahahahahahahahah

I let them go and followed after. Omg I watched them climb a d climb,
I followed more slowly   again this first claim has switch backs but it was high.

 The climbing went on for the rest of the day but the best bit was that there were no scratchy bushes today how amazing is that… Oh the day hiker I met called it Willow !!
I was now tiring, although wished I could hike faster. I was also concerned that looking forward there didn’t appear to be any suitable camp spots. This may be a compromise Snail trainer.
I put my tent behind my favorite bushes.  Fingers crossed.
I Then had Chili pasta mac with meat (mountain house) my Fav

Then an early night

Mileage 17     pleased with that,

DAY 51 Heading yo Lake city day 2 ( I love climbing)

June 3rd 2022

I slept really well and was up  by 5.30 and ready to go .just drinking my tea.but then I decided to track myself on my watch after many minutes I gave up and used my phone so  all the faffing took an half hr.

But we are on trail and it imeaditly began to climb  so I was pleased thst I stoped when I did.

The whole morning  I was climbing   with my fav the blow downs  just for fun  eventually I was up.

Wow what great views all around 

Then I was going down  I exited by a great lake  then it was back to climbing then at last it evened out and it was a nice trail again I came to another great lake.  There were several signposts but they were so weathered you were  unable to read them. 

I checked my app I was on the correct path 

As I walked around the lake  the trail became very badly over grown with these bushes that scratch you.  And I hike in shorts. 

I had to force my way throuh. Xnd once through  the trail climbed. I think its going to be like this all day  haha.. Once  up I  had more amazing  views. I then traveled through several meadows  following the  cairns.  IT then dropped down and followed the contours of the mountains. I like this but the trail  was littered either rocks so I was unable to go too fast. . I spent most of the afternoon  climbing small hills.okay lunch.

I stopped in a sunny  spot took of my shoes and socks and relaxed.

I ate 1 apple that I had brought out from.town. I checked my milage  I had completed 8 miles that’s good I thought I shod be able to do similar  this afternoon maybe. 

Lunch over I set off but this section of trail was littered with blowdowns.  Fuck I said maybe I won’t do 8 this afternoon.

Luckily  the trail was now clear as I  exited into wide open  area.  With a faint line running off in the  distance. That’s my trail. There is another trail called the  Creded cutoff  I thought it would be better marked as I missed it completely.  Luckily I wasn’t taking  that route 

At the next melt stream I topped up l 1itre  as it was a fair way until the next.  Typically I was now closing again and it was straight up and very steep.  Phew I was puffing and panting. Okay 4.5 miles to next water. That would give me approx 13 miles today

Once at the top I set of following thd trail  4.5 Mike’s I can do that  as its still so early.  The trail meandered over  several small hills. Nothing scary nothing to worry me untill. OMG NO NO 

why !!

The trail then climbed up this massive mountain. I tried to follow the trail  it switchbacked  left and right climbing higher and higher.  

I can’t do that I said to myself. 

But I knew I had to. It looked high very high and snow topped it.

I chugged on and up stopping every 10 minutes to get my breath. But the top still looked out of reach. I kept climbing but the top appeared to stay where  it  was. The higher I got the more uncomfortable I got maybe im too cautious.  But I didnt really like this type  of climb. The trail bed was fairly narrow  and not that  secure. Atlas I was getting there. High above  me sat huge blocks of snow.

Like waiting for  an avalanche.  Don’t know why I’m thinking this. 

Two  switch backs to  go 

I am up phew. I sat straight down on a rock leaving my pack  on.

Wow  I could see all around .especially  the line of the trail  far below  me.. 

Okay down.  Thank god.

It was a  low gradient down  but in places narrow.so slow is safe and safe is slow. 

But then  I could  up a bit.  As I dropped lower and lower  nope I going back up again following more cairns 

Okay I need water and i would like to camp  …maybe.

Once again I came to several signs

And again they were  so weathered that I could  not read.

I choose the  left option.  Walked a yard  checked my app.

Whoop yes I am  on trail 

Okay next water I  see i will grab. 

I could see a amazing plane  below  me. Should  find a tent spot around there !

The trail went around  the edge ill grab water  from the last stream (less to carry)

At the last one  I dropped my pack and took a bottle  

The water appeared clean   and was Icy cold.i chugged half a bottle. Then flavoured the  rest and poured it back into   bottle.

Omg my pack weighed a ton

I checked my  app, and  looked At the comments..to weigh up my options. 

A. Do nothing 

B. Go see a pharmacist 

C.  TBA  LOL

Okay 1 guy says excellent  water  and camping after  the alternate .

Okay plan D..   

I headed  down the trail  lugging extra water,. Just in case..

Okay..I found a spot and  soon had my  tent up. 

Cooked dinner 

Okay bit it’s a bit windy.

I cooked dinner  a ‘Breakfast skillet’

A freeze dried meal very tasty.

Okay teas brewing. Mountain house is   brilliant 

 And oh so tasty 

That’s it  NIGHT 

Milage  14.9  almost  15

Night

DAY 7 Lordsburg

I slept really well.  Waking at 6.30. I leisurely  packed up knowing I would soon be in town.

Wow there were still several more climb. Come on body wake up.

At last I got into my stride and after an hour I could see lirds burn  hurrah. 

After about another half hr I arrived at the  trail  entrance. 

I exited out onto the road and began The walk to town .

It was nice to see that almostvevery car that passed waved. NICE.

At last I could see the econolodge.  I walked in and she’d if I could  leave my pack as check in is 3pm.

Okay kranberries. I crossed over the road and went in. I could see Hawkeye & kevin so joined them.

I asked for a glass of ice water and a orange juice.

I quickly drained both and got refilled before ordering eggs bacon and hash browns.

Real  food so tasty. I did several more rounds of  orange juice and iced water before  paying the bill.

Nature joined us . She started the same day  but  had  come down with nemonia  and had to be  pulled out. She’s currently recovering here. Hopes to be back on trail shortly.

I walked back to the hotel and there wee  dozen hikers in the lobby. Rocks was there and handed me . beer.also Ducky, shoes.ans several others.

I sat here running down the clock when 2 other hikers appeared  we had met earlier. 

I ended joining them for lunch.

I had nachos and very hot salsa tasty.followed by a strawberry milk shake. That was divine

4 others joined us a German couple and a Czech couple. her name was  Master chef  and her man.

 Xx hiker ordered a steak sandwich   but he could only eat half  after grazing on the salD bar and so offered it to me. Omg  so tender and tasty. 

Okay back to check in.

Once in I jumped into the shower omg so good.

I then exploded my pack.

Need to dump a few things. And sort though what I need.

Dam lost a pair of glasses..not sure how.

So now trying g to catch up with this and will take a zero tomorrow 

Night all 

Milage 5.1

DAY 6 ALMOST

I was awake  before 2 dozing.how light does it need to before I can hike .at 4 am I pulled the stopper on my exped mattress. Iove the sound of the roar of air escaping.

I unzipped my tent door and peered  out in the darkness. In the distance you could see the lights of Lorsdburg twinkling. Not long now snail I said.

I began to pack up and was almost finished when a beam of light came out of the darkness.

I introduced myself.this guy had hiked this trail twice. Omg!

He gave some great tips.then he was gone.i finishes my packing. .put on my headtorch  and slung on my pack. I must admit to feeling a little worried about navigation inthe dark considering I have got lost in daylight.

I set off and found it easier to see the trail with my light off.thank you moon. My light didn’t seem that powerful maybe new batteries are required. 

I was doing well. Few  double checks  and soon I was approaching the exciting prospect of cow water. 

I put down my pack  and took my two empty bottles  to the cow trough. The water was not  that bad.a few floaters  but  still fairly clear. I submerged my bottles one at a time. Then I popped in a bleach  tab to sterilise the water. Once done I slung up my pack and began to search for the trail. There was one tent still here the others having long gone.

I located the trail and set off. It  Wasn’t great the first part was littered with rock which I struggle with and  my earlier pace had now gone. 

Luckily  it was over cast today with a great breeze. I came to my first fence  crossing of the day. I want able to step  over this one  so pack off  i  rolled beneath the wire. Then grabbed my pack.

I took 5  to get my breath back. Then I was off and making good pace that I missed a water source. Dam,but I have enough

I took my first  real climb ,su h great views so took a  another break.. As I was  chilling zero came by.  We said our hellows then he was gone.

I removed my two bottles and squirted  a good squeeze  of Milo into each bottle. Milo is a  electrolyte. It’s also to disguises the taste of the bleach from earlier.

I transfered the contents to my bladder which was  was almost out. I repacked and I was off.

As I passed  a great  tree  i noticed my two colleagues  hawkeye  & kevin resting we caught up on pleasantries.  And I  fell in at the rear. We  had gone about an hr  when I needed a break. And there wa the perfect  tree. We sat here for about  30 min. But the miles do not do them selves. So time to go. We hadn’t gone far when a  lady rancher.  ppeared on  her quad/ gator. she was missing 2 cows we said there were two down by the tree.  We chatted a while we thanked her and off we went.

Our next target was another water tank.

Soon we were here and there was shade.wow and the water was good. As we relaxed a stream of other hikers appeared,grabbed water and left

Then it was time for the Boys to leave .I stayed a little longer  before setting  off after them.

I appeared to have a great pace  as I crunched the miles . 

Snail I heard a voice.it was hawkeye  and Kevin who had found a great tree with massive shade.

Now I should have stopped and joined them but as I had pace  I wanted to crunch more miles.

MISTAKE…

I pushed on thinking shade would arrive  but it never did and it was getting hotter . But I still apeared to have I great pace so on I went.

I frantically began searching for shade   nothing maybe over this hill nothing. I soon met a Sobo.

Any shade I asked. Sadly not but water is in a mile.!

Wow  I had  pushed miles  but I really wanted shade.

The cache soon came into view. And as usual no shade. I sat beside the box  debating my options . Which turned into several hrs . Eventually hawkeye and Kevin arrived.  

They filled up on water and then decided they wanted 3 more miles as it was still early

I watched  them go .

I was just about to leave when Cal arrived he’s one of the CDT shuttle drivers .he was checking on the water and restocking.

He was so chatty it took a while to leave.

It was cool  as the wind had now got up.i wanted 2 more miles if possible to make an easy walk  to Town. 

This part of the trail seemed to have  many climbs. I was hoping for flat.i pushed on  as the wind grew more fierce. Mm no where to put my tent. After several more climbs  I came to a sheltered river bed.Maybe that  will do!

But as I explored  it, it was still too windy.  Hopefully it will die down I hoped. 

I set up  but my  tent flat  but didn’t pitch.then git ready.but I had a banging headache  too much sun.

I put on a brew then cooked some dinner. I m still struggling to eat maybe the heat.

Dinner was tasty and the wind  had now died down for me to put up my tent.

But it was still too hot to get inside. But was cooling

milage 15

DAY 5 HOTTER THAN HELL

The guys had decided to wake at 5 am  to be on trail by 6 . Mm that’s a good idea I will do the same.

I had tried to leave my tent tidy  so as soo as the alarm went off  I was ready and probably did my fastest  pack. I was ready. See you guys up trail I said and marched out.

I like this early start and was soon crushing miles .

It was 7 to the next water and  the miles appear to be flying.

This is going well. The landscape changing   and the sun not quite up yet. But I was happy.

Water xxxx

Then began to  title as  the heat intensified. 

A TREE I made my way over and dropped my pack .I was dozing when Kevin and jhawkey appeared. Room for two they asked.

We sat here for about an hour,discussing the trail ahead. 

Water was in another 7 miles  a cattle  trough!

But then there was shade at around 2 miles.

We eventually set off but after another hr iwas on fire. We noticed a cuvert and we l went for shade..I seem to require more time to recover than them so they set off for the tree and more shade.  It was just far too hot for me so I stayed put for another 3 hrs.but the miles need to be walked. At six I got ready and decided to try and fix my umbrella to my pack.  Yes success. 

Proud  I walked out and into the wrong directions. FUCK Fuck.

I back tracked ad headed the right way. 

I eventually came to the shade tree.  Where numerous hikers where leaving. I noticed Rocks who I had met before.

She said her and about a dozen overs had Ben at this tree since 12.  .This seems the way to do this trail.i set off after them but wasn’t  getting the pace.

The trail crosses  though lots  of tall grass, as I was nearing the end of one  I heard the unmistakable  sound of a rattle  snake  OMG. I edged around the sound unable to see the snake.

I crossed  several more of these  grass areas. when I heard the second rattle  I had had enough.

At the edge of the field was a a fenced area.  Yup that will do me I dropped my pack and set up.

I had enough water to get to the cattle trough in the morning and enough to make a cup of tea.

I put on my brew looking forward to a warm drink..I tidied  up and began yo get into bed. Then knocked over my tea.

Why  …..

Mileage 15

DAY 4 Pushing on

Slept well at the tree apart from the moon being so bright. Need some eye pads lol.

I was awake around four but I havnt mastered the quick get away yet.

I eventually emerged on trail by 7.30. It was approximately  5 to the water tank. I started off well  and it didn’t seen long until I arrived. I thought I saw Hawkey  and Kevin ahead.

I pushed on it was lovely to have a breeze. The trail began to climb and my little  engine  struggled. 

In the distance I could see a great tree and on this trail  shade is what you desire. As I aproched.i could see Kevin and Hawkeye. 

Hey guys great to see you both again

I sat  for 30 min before heading  back out,  the sun was baking ,it’s just relentless. It was  several hrs later that the next cache appeared. I found some shade  and crashed .from this spot you can ring the lical shop and they will pick you up  to hiawasssi. For a cold soda and more….

But no I pushed on trying to get to the next water container.

After another’s  hour  I had to crash again. This heat is just a killer It wipes me out.i took  30 mins before  pushing  on but i was beginning to struggle.

I reay wanted to throw up my tent but you cant as you would cook alive. 

Eventually  I could see a number of GREEN trees  could that be it?

Ahead I could see the boys continuing  on..Fuck I said to no-one  and set off after them although  my feet felt like lead.

I really had had enough.but then something shinny ahead

Oh the water tower  whoop. But it was up hill and roasting .As I got nearer they apeared a stream of water. .Normally you have to climb a shaky ladder to get water from the top hatch.

But today it was flowing from the overflow

 Stick your head under snail 

I did as i was told wow fantastic.i stripped off washed my stinky shirt  and socks. And hung them on a fence to dry.

I then found a spot to camp although yes it was still baking. 

We sat around in the  shade before putting up our tents.

I cooked dinner but could only eat half. But my cup of tea  was divine.  Night all 15 miles most so far but I’m destroyed 

Mileage 15

DAY 2 into hell

woke at 5 and stripped down stepping on trail by 7.go to get  slicker at packing up.

The morning was delightfully cool and the trail nice to walk on.

The sun was coming up but I was able to walk in the shade.i soon came to an amazing  tree if I hadn’t had my silly diversion  I could have got here.grrr.

As I went around the next corner I ran into my first cow. Almost surreal.  Well it made me laugh.

At last the cache came into view.

I quickly dropped my pack.signed the register and began to top up.my bottles.i put  in some nunn another type  of electrolyte.  I headed out with another 5 L.I took the road as  the shuttle drivers had suggested as this part of the trail  is in need of  some attention !!.

An other hiker  was heading south was carrying 6 L and another hiker named CC was carrying 7 L wow that’s heavy.

it was 10.30 and already HOT,I was making good  pace then I hit a wall.i needed shelter..I luckily spied a place and dove in.put down my tyvek and hid from the sun.  I stayed here for 30 minutes well until the sun stole my  shade .As I packed up to leave disaster.i must have put my pack on my bite valve as my bladder was empty OMG. FUCK FUCK.

I heard a engine  luckily it was Tom on his way back .I flagged him down and he was able to give me 2 liters. Phew.  Although water was in 4 miles. 

I pushed on down the road it was still roasting. My feet were okay  but  just cooking from the heat of the ground so needed to stop to let them cool. The two guys I started with then appeared Hawkeye and Kevin. I shadowed  them for several miles as they apeared to have similar pace.This is Kevin’s first  attempt at a thur hike so I’m fairly impressed.

as another shuttle driver passed  I asked about water.1.8  to well water and  4 to the cache..

Okay well water will do..As I approached the cows  sped off in all directions.The water was a large tank fed by a solar pump.

.inside the tank was thick hose that was flowing great water.

I had had enough for today so thought I’d put up my tent. MISTAKE. it’s just far too hot.

I joined my fellow hikers under the tree. They had  their feet  soaking inthe cattle  trough. I joined them omg.Joy..

After a while they left to crush a few more miles. I should have done the same!.

I sat by the tank under the shade but I was still too hot.  I was fairly annoyed  with myself.

I am learning lessons  here and quickly.

Once it was cool  enough I went straight to bed.as I am getting behind schedule (I don’t have a shedule)

mileage 12  oh dear!