Miles today: 12.2

Trail miles: 369.2

Elevation: 8400’ish

Spinning on the turntable: David Guetta: Nothing but the beat

Another slog of a day, hiking up, up and up.

My ankles are still sore from yesterday. Thankfully my camp mates departed at 6AM and missed the spectacle of my exiting the tent and hobbling around. Honestly, I thought we’d be long done with this kind of stiffness by now!

I spent the night at the gravel road on left of the screen shot. I spent the morning hiking to the first hills apex.

I snapped this pic pretty quickly after starting the hike this morning. I think the tent site was on the right side of the pic, but above the clouds.

The afternoon wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be. I was thinking of it as a easy peasy downhill stroll….it was not to be!

Lots of trees to climb over or navigate around and

snow to navigate. I think I (only) fell twice. It was later in the day so the snow was soft and easy to slip on. (I didn’t capture any real difficult snow terrain pictures, I was too busy focusing on my three points of contact methodology.)

I did chat with a SOBO hiker today who told me that he slid down 1200 feet on snow after losing his footing on Baden – Powell a few weeks ago. I verified that he said 1200 feet and then commented on how healthy he appeared. He shared that he was out of commission for a week and a half and today was his first day on the trail. We met a hiker a week or two ago who told us he had to military crawl 1000 feet up a snowy pass to reach the summit. In both cases my BS meter was starting to resonate but I shut it down. I accepted each guys story at face value. If they say this is what happened to them, then, that’s what happened to them. I’m trying to leave my judgements locked up and be more accepting.

…and there were more trees to navigate.

I hiked back down to 7364 ft elevation and walked out onto highway 2 to thumb a ride into Wrightwood. Luckily Noelle had been watching my progress on Garmin and had corralled a few locals into driving out to pick me up. Just as I was about to Uber I got the txt msg that they were on the way.

I was very much relieved for the ride and happy to reconnect with Noelle. Seven weeks into our journey and we’ve spent pretty much every moment together. I felt incomplete to hike alone while she was somewhere else.

Tomorrow we’ll resupply and then head back out on the trail the day after.