The Second Day
The first day ended with difficulty. We were at the Hawk Mt. shelter, at a high elevation. The rains came, along with the howling wind, the hoar frost, and the chills. I barely slept. At 2:30- am, in the midst of the maelstrom, I had to go 100 yards to use the privy.
So, with little sleep, I got up early and started drying what I could. The rains had quit around 6 am. I was forced to put on wool tights that were frozen.
The day was strange. The hills got quite a bit harder, with most of the ascents going up the lee of mt, so they made us sweat, and most of the descents on the windward side, giving us a good chill. I was beat around four, and feared sleeping at altitude with the wind expected to continue, so I quit just above a creek crossing well short of the eight miles I hoped to get in.. Looks like I might be warm enough tonight.
Not eating well. Also losing energy.