Day 112: Hiking On Daggers

Started: Sisters Mirror Lake (1958.7)

Ended: Tentsite (1984.1)

Total Miles: 25.4

Today was a day of incredible beauty and incredible pain. I woke up to a wet sleeping bag. The dangers of a single wall tent is that under certain conditions, you will have condensation inside your tent. I hung my socks to dry the night before and in the morning they were frozen and covered in frost. That is ideal for my breath to condensate. Not a big deal. I would dry them out at lunch.

The smoke moved north and ruined my view again.

We made our way to the Obsidian Falls which were beautiful. However, walking on obsidian is less than ideal. It is as sharp as surgical steel and my Altra Lone Peaks have a few too many miles on them.

Eventually, we made our way to the lava fields. Walking on lava stones is significantly worse. Gust and I swore for about ten miles straight as we climbed Mount Doom. The combination of lava stones, smoke and burnt out trees was surreal.

Eventually we made through it for a twenty mile no water carry. I kept chanting “This is why it is Type Two Fun” in hopes that it would make things better.

It didn’t.

We raced up one last climb. It looked like we were home free for the last two miles, only to run into another lava stone field. They saved the most oddly shaped and sharpest for last.

Tomorrow we will get to Bend after 16 miles. However, the first 2.3 miles will be a big climb up a lava field.

I am so looking forward to that.

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