Sunday, June 6, 2010
Woke up late, around 8 a.m.
I thought if the weather remained clear I would traverse White Cap, Hay and Gulf Hagas. This would have been a fine plan if it had simply remained overcast. But, not long after setting out it began to sprinkle.
I caught up with the two young high school kids Just Bob and Trout had mentioned seeing. They were busy rearranging their gear. We nodded hello to each other as I walked by. Soon it began to pour, coming down at a steady pace.
The hike was brutal. Large blowdowns littered the trail. Maxwell was not happy. Navigating around the dense branches of the downed trees was hard work and required a lot of coaxing to get him to follow. I suppose if I was a foot off the ground it would have made more sense to just trot underneath them, taking the path of least resistance.
I pushed myself, hard, to get up the lower half of White Cap. I refused to let my mind think of anything but the now of my situation. I still felt disconnected and haggard. In an unfocused haze. In spite of that, a dreadful thought, a reality, continuously circled in my mind. An unwelcome realization while packing and eating this morning. I was running out of food. And quickly. Also, my caloric intake was not nearly close to what it should be. I had read that ideally you want to be consuming 3000 to 4000 calories a day. I would be exaggerating if I said I was taking in 1200 a day.
I was soaked, inside and out of my rain gear. The wind, sweat and rain had me chilled to the bone. I was exhausted. I knew Plan A, to stop at the Logan Brook Lean-to would be the smart move. Immediately upon arrival I hung up everything to ‘dry’ and set up camp. I pulled all my food out. Looking at it I realized I had much less left than I thought. I laid out five plastic ziplock bags and I portioned out everything I had for five days. Four days worth of hot breakfasts and dinners. Five days worth of cold lunches and snacks. The amounts were painfully meager. Portioning out the trail mix was a joke, about a cup per bag. I counted the pieces of dried fruit and chocolate pieces I put in each bag to make sure they were evenly distributed. Two small squares of chocolate per bag and a piece or two more than that of dried fruits. And fragments of beef jerky in each.
Around 4:30 p.m., Eli and Crawford appeared, drenched. We all bunked down early with the sound of rain playing us a lullaby on the roof of the lean-to. One of them, maybe Crawford mentioned a planetary conjunction this evening. I scribbled away in my journal.
Distance: about 3.9-miles
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