Daily Miles: 23
Total Miles: 1681
Luckily neither of us fell down the mountain when getting up to pee in the middle of the night. Once we had our stuff packed up in the morning, we breathed a sigh of relief for not having any falls or twisted ankles on the steep slope. We both agreed it was possibly our worst hanging spot ever.
Unfortunately, Beardoh felt really sick when he woke up this morning. We had hoped that he was over this, but it seemed to come back. We packed up quickly and headed out before even eating breakfast or stretching. We knew we had a really slow spring in one mile, so we figured we would wait to do everything until we were at the spring waiting for our bottles to fill. We just took things at a slow pace since Beardoh was feeling so bad.
At the spring, we had a chance to rest while eating a bit and stretching. Luckily there was no one ahead of us at the spring, but when we were leaving, there were three hikers waiting for water. The water was coming out as a trickle and took about five minutes to fill a one liter bottle. Surely some people were going to have to wait a bit for water there today.
After several miles, we came to the top of the climb we had started yesterday when we left Seiad Valley. There was some fairly flat walking which was nice, as we were able to pick up our pace a bit. We had an early lunch before heading up another climb.
We were happy to have gotten in 10 miles by lunch. Considering how bad Beardoh felt in the morning, we weren’t sure what kind of miles we would be able to do. Luckily, Beardoh started to feel a bit better as the day went on. He just wanted an early arrival in camp, so that he could be in bed by 8:00. He has been feeling tired and wanted the chance for a good, long night of sleep.
The afternoon of walking seemed to go by quickly and we got to camp by 6:30. Beardoh was in his hammock by 8:20, so we almost made his goal for a bedtime. Hopefully he will feel better in the morning.
Tonight is the coldest night we have had in awhile. We all have our down coats on. We are excited to get to the Oregon border tomorrow. Tonight is our last night sleeping in California on the PCT!