The forecast for the afternoon and up coming night were not good. We were hearing 3-6 inches of snow. Doug and Deb were offering to take me somewhere off trail if I wanted and maybe even bring me back in the morning.
About an hour before we met Doug, Deb asked me if I’d thought about what I wanted to do. I had. I wanted to wait until we met Doug and I had a chance to check the weather on my phone.
We arrived at Devils Fork Gap at 11:00am. Doug got there at 11:25. Deb and I immediately Jumped into the warm dry truck.
Doug bought me a Subway sandwich and some chips and a coke. Delicious. I plugged my phone in to get a good charger. My solar charger doesn’t work very well in snow and rain. I checked the weather. Nothing had changed.
Now I was warm, with a full stomach after sitting in their truck for an hour and a half. I decided to go on to the next shelter and just tough it out. I knew the shelter would probably be full and I’d have to pitch my tent since I wouldn’t get there until about 4:00.
I said my goodbyes to Doug and Deb and hit the trail. After I hiked about a half mile I got to a sign saying there was a hostel about 150 yards off the trail. I hesitated there for a couple of minutes and thought about it. I decided I was in for the challenge with the cold and snow I hiked on.
As I was getting closer to the shelter I began contemplating what I was going to have to do when I got there. I was pretty convinced the shelter would be full. But I held out a little hope that enough people would stop at the hostel because of the weather.
I got lucky! When I arrived at the six person shelter there were only four in it. Sea biscuit and Engineer were there. Also two guys I didn’t know. Rayden and John Boat.
It is cold and still snowing. All five of us have all eaten and are in our sleeping bags to stay warm. It’s not even 6:00pm yet. It’s supposed to get into the twenties tonight.
I have my water filtration system in my sleeping bag with me. If it freezes it’s ineffective. I also have my wet socks and gloves in my sleeping bag with me. My air mattress is already deflating be cause of the cold. I think it’s going to be a long night. I hope I don’t have to get up and go to the bathroom.