Day 24: More Gear Failures

Started: Big Bear Lake (266.0)

Ended: Stealth Camp (280.0)

Total: 14.0 Trail Miles, 5 Alternate Miles

I woke up in the middle of the night with my butt on the ground. My air mattress was no longer inflated. I have had some issues with the air mattress, but I assumed it had to do with the low temperatures at night. Now it seems it has popped.

I jerry-rigged my backpack as a temporary mattress and used my camp seat for my rear end so that it stayed off the ground. I fell back asleep and woke up fine. I guess I’m used to sleeping on the ground.

We had a long no water carry of 17 miles. It also included an alternative trail avoiding a burnout area where arsenic has been found in the soil. The alternative trail was quite terrible to climb. It was designed for off road vehicles and consisted of rocks and other rubble.

Once we completed the alternative trail the main trail was quite pleasant. We moved quickly, had nice breaks, and wonderful views.

We wanted to walk at least 15 miles today, however we ran into a really beautiful campsite. While our goal is to get to Canada, sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses.

Little John, Fishtank, and I had a wonderful dinner, told jokes, and had time to get some chores done.

My chore was the find the hole in my air mattress. After blowing it up, twisting it, and listening (which is hard to do when the wind is blowing), I found the leak. It is in the seam. It is a critical failure. I use my patch kit to try to fix it, but I don’t expect it to work. In the meantime, I am borrowing a mattress. I can buy a new one in Wrightwood.

Tomorrow looks to be a pleasant day. The trail is almost all downhill. So we’re going to aim for 19 miles.

As I am in bed early I’m going to enjoy somebody. Have a good night.

I have connection enough to post this, I cannot upload the pictures. I will update this post when I have a better connection.

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