My goal on Saturday was to begin to put it all together. I would hike the Ice Age Trail with my by Campo start weight of 35 pounds. The weather was in the high-30’s and cloudy. I planned to do 15 miles and have my wife pick me up at the end. I got up early, added water bottles to my pack to bring the weight up, and off I went.
When I pulled into the parking lot, it was a sheet of ice. Fortunately, I took my new micro-spikes even though I’m not taking them when I leave. I put on my pack and off I went. I never took off my micro-spikes the entire day. The whole trail was a sheet of ice.
Eventually, I reached a point of the trail where it was no longer a sheet of ice but practically a lake. I knew it was at least a foot deep as I’ve walked this place a few times before. It also wasn’t fully frozen and the ice could not support my weight. I crept up as the ice cracked underneath me. The sound was amazing. I even saw a tiny fish dart under the water. After a bit, with no end in sight and cold wet feet, I decided to turn around. Ice on ice with a layer of water is extremely slippery, even with spikes.
There really wasn’t much value hiking through. There were more hills where I came from so I started back. I didn’t hike the 15 miles I planned, but I had a good three-hours of up-and-down hills with micro-spikes. Today I have no residual soreness.
On the gear front, Costco had a set of convertible pants for $19.99. I’ve decided to wear them instead. They weigh about twice my running shorts weigh, but they have pockets. Now I have the option of shorts or pants.
Still waiting for my permit to hike into Canada. I have two boxes to pack as well, but it is too early. All I can do is train and wait…