Day 5 – Ram Rock Mountain to Blood Mountain
Day five began a little earlier than the last. PB&J and coffee for breakfast, no privy so I wait and hope for the best and I found the best at Woody Gap. This is a parking area with bear trash boxes so I could unload days of trash and a four-sided privy with toilet paper!!! Which I was running short on.
At this point I’ll mention that I have only changed my underwear once, which is about average on the trail because carrying a pair for each day is too much weight. Also, I lost that pair, so if you find em, you can have em.
Hygiene is a little difficult on the trail because you are supposed to pack in and pack and the ridgerunners say that biodegradable wipes are not biodegradable enough to live on the trail. My compromise was to use hand sanitizer on my toilet paper to get cleaned up for the fresh underwear. Yes, it burns a little, but it works for me. TMI maybe, but it is what it is.
Alright, finally on my way to Blood Mountain. Stopped for water at Woods Hole Junction to refill on water and met some more trail magic with Duane and a New Belgium Hop Avenger IPA, which fueled my climb to the top. Thank you, Duane!
The climb to the top of Blood Mountain is a lot easier than the elevation map shows, so I hit the top around 5 p.m. This is a popular area for day hikers, but at dusk everyone was headed to their cars.
Day five: another 10 plus in the books.
I could not get my weather app to work and I have heard that the shelter so I pitched my tent inside after sweeping the floor. This is probably not proper etiquette, but I was the only one there and it was going to be a cold one.
Dinner was a potato soup by Backpacker’s Pantry, which was by far the best dehydrated meal and was pretty good in its own right.
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