The hike up to Dragon’s tooth was super challenging. Normally if I’m hiking well I can cover 2.5-3 miles per hour. This section slowed me down to about one mile per hour and it was about two miles of that. Then the descent from Dragons Tooth got worse. It took me an hour and a half to go .7. The pictures won’t do it justice. It was not only hard, but scary. There were many times I just stood there wondering how I was going to get down. Especially with a fifty pound pack on.
It slowed me down so much I didn’t think I could make it to the shelter. I contemplated just pitching my tent somewhere. I was in kind of a funk. Then Timber came up from behind and we decided to work together at making it. We rolled in just after 8:00 as it was getting dark. So another late night.
Tomorrow is a special day. McAfee’s Knob is one of the most iconic spots on the trail. Our shelter is only 1.5 miles from it. So we are all getting up early to be there by sunrise. Engineer, Maple Syrup, Sweet Spot, Timber, Wolverine and me.