Day 49: Pine Swamp Branch to Laurel Creek
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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So quick poll question, how many of you had to wear your rainjacket to sleep last night cause the roof was leaking? Hopefully if you did then you have a repairman already on the way!
So it rained last night, most of the night, and my tent officially STINKS (well, more like LEAKS) but in any case it was raining down on my head. What a miserable feeling... Sitting upright in your tent with your headlamp on, watching the water drip down on your sleeping bag, pack, extra clothes, etc. And really nothing you can do short of wishing it to stop raining.
With the rainjacket over my head, at least I was able to get some sleep, and that's always really important. In any case morning rolls around much too fast
The first climb was 1500 ft and it was hard because of the humidity, basically felt like the rainforest. To the point where your body is sweating everywhere but none of it can evaporate because the air humidity is so high!
Had a snack at Baileys Gap shelter then walked the ridgeline up to wind rock for a nice midday view. Also ran into a bunch of Canadians from Ontario, nice people that had a lot to ask us about the trail and stuff.
So today discovered a couple things: need new tent, my hat can actually cause me to overheat if I'm not careful, also bought the wrong kind of liner socks in town, they actually make my feet more soggy.
Lunch shelter was after 13 mi and I was pretty exhausted, partially due to the opressive heat (88 and humid!) so I spent 2 hours there during the hottest part of the day
View from Kellys Knob was awesome especially as this storm was starting to brew and the wind was trying to blow me right off the rocks.
Have a spot in the shelter tonight so it should be a dry one... It's the simple things in life! I've been poking around other peoples tents here thinking about which one to get. Wish they weren't so freaking expensive.
Until next time!