Up to Blue Mountain, and It’s So Cold My Mood Matches

Day 10

Low Gap Shelter to Blue Mountain Shelter miles 7.3- AT mile 50.3

Card of the day – Justice

Clearly, I had not learnt the lessons of the previous day as Justice came out again.  One really must take responsibility for one’s actions after all.

Sleep was cold and hard to come by, tonight and tomorrow are due to be below freezing.  This means your water filter has to go into your sleeping bag overnight.

I somehow hurt my side in Helen and it played up all night, I’ve bruised my ribs or something, probably walking into a door or table when using the bathroom at night.

What also did not help was that I was on a slight slant so bottom of sleeping bag wet through the night as my feet would slide closer and closer to the bottom wall and I would need to shimmy up!

I want to say first world problems, but I’m not sure I’m living a first world existence (or maybe giving up your whole life and going on holiday is the ultimate in first world problems. I don’t know).

All in all, I woke up a little bit grumpy! As did most people in camp.

Today’s hike was more (mostly) gentle ups and downs through more woods, with a bit of green tunnel.  You can really tell which side of the mountain you’re walking along because of the temperature change and environment.

Because of the night temps there was frozen water all down the mountain side.  I still get mesmerised by these beautiful acts of nature.

As the day’s hike comes to an end, we were treated to some rock gardens, sections of the hike where you walk over stones and rocks for a while (no one mention cobbles), and they have a beauty all of their own.

By 1430 we were in camp, we got a fire lit (turns out this is my one skill to bring to the fellowship) and water collected.  By 1700 we all had our dinner on and getting ready for bed by 1900 when it really starts to get cold.  And this camp is at 3889ft, so it’s kinda high!

It’s sure a long night in your tent out here right now.

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Comments 2

  • Murray Ann Ziegenfuss : Mar 21st

    Hello Craigen! When you arrive@ about mile 500, and if you’d like a free overnight with local color — I’d love meet you! I have a big, old, comfy home & have enjoyed getting to know hikers for 25 years. International hikers have been a special joy. A Dollar General is just across the road from me. I provide transportation from (and back to!) the AT

    • Craigen : Mar 31st

      Fantastic, I’ll be sure to keep that in mind! Thanks for the offer!


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