Oh my god what a storm last night it started at 4pm I took extra ibuprofen PM to knock me out…I didnt want to see my tent destroyed…. I also switched off my alarm to save battery. The storm raged for hours until I fell asleep.
Hello Hello are you okay in there came a voice.
It took me a while to register what was happening.
Yes im okay what’s the time?
It’s just gone 8.30!!
F**K F**K I said to my self.
F**K ITS SNOW….LOTS OF SNOW.
But when I opened up.my tent
Wow I hadn’t expected this I quickly got dressed and ventured out omg it’s snow..my brain was struggling to comprehend the situation.
I went to get my bear bag and it was frozen on the pole so took me a while to get down.
I quickly packed up in a sort of daze.. I wasn’t ready for this.
The wind was freezing so I didn’t bother with tea I just knew I needed to get out of here.
I had all my layers on and forced my hands into my gloves as it was so far too cold without them
Okay im out of here now.
The trail was easy to follow…as I just followed the footsteps.
I pushed on trying to keep warm after several hours I began to drop down into a forest.
I saw other hikers coming south so stood aside then I noticed it was Mudbath and another female hiker but I didnt know her name.
Hey man congratulations.
He suggested that i push onto the finish.
Okay I will (depending on terrain)
The I met another finisher heading back he warned me of the overgrown trail ahead.
I thanked him and pushed on
As I continued heading down the sun appeared and the snow vanished so I need to stop and remove my puffy but not yet.
Then I heard some weird sounds I wasn’t sure if it was a bear growl but then I realised it was an engine. It was actually a Brush cutter and there were 4 guys cutting back the trail.
Wow great job guys I said and carried on but soon had to stop to take off my puffy.
My pack seemed heavier today but its got a wet tent and wet bear bag in side or maybe its tge way I packed it (In a hurry)
The day was now gorgeous. Clear blue skies but the trail was overgrown and so I was having to push through the foliage. Grrr.
Some is easy other just sap your strength and there is always a hidden rock to throw you to the ground .
But I was getting nearer and nearer omg I’m almost finished.
I pushed on the trail suddenly becoming wide and clear… a tell tale sign of civilisation.. and I could see buildings and a huge lake. I had arrived at waterton lake and there was a trash can. So I dumped my trash, i was just checking on what direction I was to head when Gargoyle appeared
HI I havnt seen you since Leadore
God when did I last see you?
Think it was in the helia.. no Leadore
Wow that long ago…
He was waiting for freinds to catch up..
I just had 4 miles to go…
So sped off typically as you approach the finish line the trail is awfully overgrown and with roots to trip you up and make you fail. But I was near.. and getting more and more excited…
3miles to go 2 Miles to go 1Mile to go
Omg I’m here
. Its done.
Gargoyles wife and mum were here also two day hikers who were amazed at my journey.
Gargoyles wife Spacepants took my photos and watched me celebrate with a bottle of champagne that I had carried since Helena.
Omg it’s done..
I waited for Gargoyle and his team to arrive then celebrated with them .
Okay im done now off to Canada..
It’s another 4 miles but god I’m so so happy ..as I climbed my last hill I could see Waterton in the distance my destination.
I began to decend and then I’m.in the parking lot.
The two guys who had witnessed my finish were here and so offered to drive me to the local hotel.
The offered to wait but I waved them away (mistake)
As there was no vacancies..F**k that wasnt the plan …
They suggested a hotel up the street. So I plodded on..
Yes they had room so I booked in for two nights. I’m in the “Romantic” suite looks really nice …expensive but I deserve it.
Once settled in washed and brushed I headed out for dinner for my celebratory meal.
I had a margarita to start , A great margarita . Then crab cakes and for mains prawn and lobster linguine
Shall I have desert hell yeah lol oh and maybe a drambuie?
Okay that’s me done
I am going to chill tomorrow then hitch to Calgary for a few days before flying home to the 🇬🇧
Mileage 18 whoop finished.