Low Gap Shelter camping
The state of my hands after brushing leaves and detritus off the bottom of the tent. It rained a bit yesterday and the ground in the tenting areas was a bit mucky because of that.
This is just one reason (of quite a few) we don't like pitching our tents on dedicated tent pads. Whenever possible, we avoid them. But the site was packed last night and our 2 tents have a larger footprint than the one person models most hikers use, so we had to take what we could find.
The compacted ground of an established tenting area does not absorb water well. If you experience a lot of rain overnight in this scenario the tent will be resting in a pool of water by morning and you may be sleeping in a pool of water if your tent "bath-tub" (the bottom of the tent) is damaged, of poor quality, or isn't seam-sealed well.
We'll hang the tents out when we get off the trail today to more thoroughly dry the bottoms and just to air them out.
Day 5 - Bull Gap Camp to Low Gap Shelter
The day started misty, foggy and overcast with light sprinkling rain and a bit of wind. Put on our rain jackets once during the day. Turned out to be perfect hiking weather. A nice break from hot days and sunburnt ears.
Kallins left camp earlier than us this morning, not sure when we'll see them again.
Mostly easy hiking, though Sheep Rock Top was exasperating. "Are we almost at the top already?" Others hikers felt the same so that was reassuring.
Getting stronger each day, less pain. Also nice that our packs are not so heavy as we eat more food.
Met Shepherd with her 3 dogs on the trail today.
Damien and I are figuring out video details. Finding a groove, maybe. And camp chores are getting more routine also.
Met a bunch of hikers at Low Gap Shelter tonight. Full "house" in shelter and camping. There are at least 50 campers tenting on the hillside around the shelter.
Looking forward to a new day tomorrow and meeting the Whitlarks, who are hosting us for the night.
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