Our second hike – a 10 miler, and I carried 25 pounds. We started at 9:30 and it was only 34 degrees. We had a climb at the beginning – 700ft of altitude change over 1.5 miles. We were rewarded with these views at the top.  

By 12:30, we had been hiking for 3 hours (with stops) and had gone 5 miles. I was disappointed to say the least.  We finished the 10 miles by 4 pm, after a 1 hour lunch break, a much better pace. It didn’t hurt that it was pretty much all downhill.

My tent, in all its solo fabulousness – not staked out: