PCT: 1120.8 – 1139.9
Total Miles: 1213.1
Elevation gain: 2885
I had trouble sleeping in the cabin due to the snow falling off the roof. It was very loud and sudden and happened every 10 minutes it seemed. It sounded like large rodents racing across the roof. The others got up and out early, before the sun. I decided to move slowly and wait for some sunlight before heading out into the snow. At least my clothes and boots were dry. I forgot to hang my gloves by the stove so they were still wet but they dried on my hands shortly after starting out.
The trail was frozen and I walked on ice and hard snow in the morning. It was very cold out but the hill climbing warmed me. Luckily, there was no wind or the wind chill would have been tough to take. By afternoon, the lower elevations had melted snow on the trail that made for very wet boots all day. Then by evening, my feet started to get cold as the sun went away.
The snow was very nice to walk on as it was like a soft carpet on my feet. Where ever there was bare trail, it was very rocky and painful. I purposefully aimed for snow on the side of the trail whenever the snow was melted in the trail. This also prevented walking in water/slush.
I felt tired today again. I think I may have an issue with eating sugar for snacks. I try to emphasize eating nuts but I still eat plenty of sugar treats.
Once again, I had to stop at 19 miles as there were no more close campsites beyond 19. It was enough for one day, especially since walking in deep snow at the top of the passes was tiring.
Bill (Blackhawk Down)