What’s that about the weather?

Day 32

Mollies Ridge Shelter to Spence Field Shelter 6.1 Miles.  AT mile 184

Card of the day – 4 of disks (again!)

It’s going to be a slow start to the day.  It’s raining cats and dogs and it’s 6 miles to the privy.

I was sat waiting for the rain to pass, which should be some time after 8am.  And what else is there to do but pack up as much of the stuff as you can.  Every thing outside the tent is soaking wet, and my clothes from yesterday that are inside the tent are not fairing much better.

Eventually the rain passes and the guy hogging the out side space moves on, so I was able to do the pack explosion under cover.  Howie was there doing the same.

Shortly before 10 I hiked out, I was getting too cold, and knew the only way to warm up would be to start moving.

There was finally a view by 1050, it was only of the ridge line in the middle distance, but it may as well have been the top of a fire tower with views to the sea!  My mood improved quite noticeably with just this one small view.

The trail was so slippy, the rain had soaked every thing.  It was quite gentle and reminded me of the Essex Way through Epping Forrest.  One of the things I’ve noticed about the last few days is that the trail maintainers don’t always clear away blown over trees, meaning that at times you have to do a bit of hiker ballet.

I was introduced to a new term by Meg, a “Tree pea”, that moment when the wind blows and the branches shed the water that is collected on them.  We walked through quite a few! But they were nice in their own way.

Beam Was Born!

Meg and I were walking along trying to figure out a trail name for her.  We were trying to think about something that would speak to her positive outlook, and after dismissing quite a few she suddenly turned around as say, what about Beam.

So we worked it through, Sun Beam, Light Beam, Torch Beam, Laser Beam!

They all worked for different reasons, and Beam was born!

We made it to the shelter for lunch at about 1.10pm.  The rest of the fellowship followed in as they made it, and Chris came in last.  He was like “hay, we have been talking about the weather tomorrow”. It was not good news.  Between rain, wind, thunder and lightning the consensus was that it would not be safe to be out there tomorrow.

It looks like we’re hunkering down.  The guys were like, there is another shelter in 6 miles we can get there today and wait it out.  Then I put in that they must be mad, and if I’m hunkering down any where it’s at this nice big shelter with a privy.  They did not take much encouragement.

So the mission was on to make the shelter and the following day as comfortable as possible.  Chris put up a tarp cover and our ground sheets up to form a barrier and the rest of us set about collecting enough wood for a fire for a full day.

At the shelter will be




Meg – Beam

Twitch and Glitch


And Eclipse who we met at Fontana Dam

We all made dinner and then got set for the night.

It’s my first time in the shelter and I was not looking forward to it.  I snore, need to wee a lot in the night and just like my own space.  Let’s see how it pans out.

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Comments 2

  • Levi Spaulding : Apr 13th

    Shouldn’t that be “tree pee” ?

    • Craigen : Apr 15th



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