Hiked 12 miles today. Was going for 15 miles at the start of the day. I adapted to trail conditions.
The first part of the day was a fairly easy hike along a creek in the woods. My body appreciated the time to warm up slowly.
Those trail conditions did not last long. The trail did some big climbing up to the Fraconia Ridge, Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Lafayette. These were big time climbs above treeline. The effort was rewarded with some of the best views on trail thus far.
It got pretty warm for the amount of effort. Water was very scarce for a ways. I ended up filtering water out of a muddy puddle on the descent and it was a pretty steep descent at that and I really needed water.
Made it to the Garfield Ridge Campsite. There was nice water there. I drank up. I had to set my tent up on a tent pad, my first time. My tent is not free standing. I think I did a decent job at the. This area is managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club and they require it.
The winds are picking up tonight and it feels like it might be a cool night.