August 25, 2011 in South
Big day. I woke to the alarm at 3:30am. I was feeling the mileage and vert from the day before. I also felt that funny tickle in the back of my throat. I didn’t bother with the snooze. I shut off the alarm and went back to sleep until 7:30am. I ignored everything my body was telling me and cranked up the coffee. I left the Gore Creek TH at 9:20am. Graves by 11:15. Summit around 3:00. I traversed towards the Zodiac Spires. I didn’t make it too far. I was on the southern most part of the Zodiac Ridge contemplating the time and how spent I felt. Live to climb another day! The 8+ miles I had to go, if I headed back, seemed like plenty. I traversed south towards the Gore Creek Trail just west of the pass. I passed 2 groups of hikers at camp already eating dinner. I was back at the graves around 7:15pm. I ate some dinner, made some water, soaked my feet, ibuprofen, trail runners, and go. It was a lovely hike out in the dark. I hit the TH with 12 hours and 14 minutes of quality trail time for the day. A 2 day total of 20+ hours and about 10k’.