Today, I hiked about 19.5 miles to the Stan Murray Shelter.
Late last night it started to snow. Woke up to about an inch of new snow, thick fog and a cold wind. It was not too bad at all. Of course it made the trail slippery, it would not be any fun if it was perfect trail conditions. Haha.
Hiked up to Roan High Knob Shelter, which has the highest elevation shelter at the top at 6,186 feet. From 5,000 feet up, the trail was pure ice and some rock climbing. On the way down, it was pure ice too. I have to admit on the way down, I did slip on ice and took a little fall. I am fine. Other hikers I spoke with had several close calls or took some spills too.
Then the fog got so thick for the second half of the day, visibility was about 20 feet. I crossed some balds and then for the next few hours the trail was a boot sucking mud bog. With my big shoes, I did a lot of mud skiing. In this area, took a picture of some spores forming. Cute little pink spores! Ha!
Some unknown trail angel left some jugs of water and small bags of popcorn out. Thank you.
Got to camp and did not even know it at first, thanks to the amazing thick fog. Fog makes everything wet. Made a hot dinner. Went to hang my bear bag and a knot formed just out of reach. So I asked a guy to sit on my shoulders and to undo the knot. Better than having to cut it. Mission successful. Heavy squats at the gym pay off!!!
Good night everyone, as I hear coyotes howling.