Daily miles – 22
Total miles – 2506
Damp night last night was a forebearer of things to come.
Rain all day, from start to finish. Was not particularly cold in the AM, but temps dropped during the day as the rain increased. We had our rain pants, mitts and jackets on for the whole day. None of them really worked. They all wetted out for the most part and we were cold, having not broke much of a sweat during the day. By the afternoon, temps were between 30 and 40 degrees, with some wind. This is the danger zone area that is too warm to not snow, but too cold to handle the rain comfortably. Even though our gear wetted out, it still kept us safe, if not comfortable. Our muscles are more sore and shoulders tensed up from the cold.
Breaks were quick, although we did set up the tarp at lunch and cooked a warm meal. Our hot Thai Kitchen Noodles augmented with some Thai flavored tuna and nut butter was quote delicious.
Views were limited to gray clouds covering what promises to be a very picturesque area… we will have to come back and backpack through again when it is drier. The walking was rolling back and forth over saddles and ridges.
We made it into camp fairly early, allowing us to set up in the light, which was very appreciated. We discovered leaks in both our tarps that go over our hammocks. We have some temporary fixes in place to shed water away from the pin holes. We knew that this was the last trip for this set of hammock tarps (these go back to just before we hiked the AT)… So new ones are on our sewing list for the coming months.