Starting location: pond by Bear Lake at 11100 ft
Ending location: Halfmoon Creek Trailhead
Distance: 16 miles
Elevation gained: 2500 ft
Photo: my new trail name - Kindle
1 word summary of the day: calf-stretching ascent
So the storm last night wasn't too long and the thunder/lightening/rain let up after a couple of hours. The storms here can be something fierce though! Didn't leave camp until 8ish this morning as we were trying to dry out the tents before packing them up.
And like all days on the trail, this one started with an uphill climb (but only a short one) followed by a long descent and that finished off segment 10 (the CT is broken down into 28 segments). Segment 11 started off with a big uphill climb - over 1100 feet in only a mile and a half - and this was the calf-stretching ascent. So steep that the calves were getting a good workout! But once again someone had left trail magic for the thru-hikers at the beginning of the climb (I really like this concept!) so at least I could do the climb hyped up on sugar and caffeine :-)
It looked like storms were going to come in again this afternoon, but the moved in another direction thankfully and so far looks clear. Tomorrow I pick up a resupply package of food at this tiny town called Twin Lakes, and then have to decide if I'm going to head off trail for a couple of days to take an alternate route through the Collegiate mountains (beautiful but very high up and exposed) or stick to the regular trail. If weather looks iffy I don't want to be caught high up on a mountain pass in a serious storm!
Oh and I have a trail name now "Kindle". You usually get named on a long hiking trail (hence the people I've met - Guiness, Pilgrim, Mofo, etc) based on something you do/ are/etc and since I pretty much read every night (and some afternoons when it's storming) on my kindle, a logical trail name!