July 19. First night sleeping in the 100 Mile Wilderness...cold! Around 3 AM I woke up frozen...probably because I sent home my 15 degree sleeping bag in Monson and traded to the light-weight fleece bag liner. Not very warm, but 2 lbs lighter, so at 3 AM I got up, put on my wind pants and Thermawrap jacket and zipped up tight...I had everything on now and even thought about getting my emergency blanket out and wrapping up in that. It is hard to get moving when the mornings are this chilly, it was probably in the high 50's or low 60's, but we were all up and on the trail by 6:30 AM, we had been talking the past few days and all of us wanted to try to do a 40 mile day before the end of the AT...the longest for all of us, and today was probably going to be our best chance. From this shelter there was another shelter 40.1 miles away...it would be a very long day!
The water crossings yesterday had taken a toll on my feet and my socks on the top of my ankles had rubbed my skin raw. As I put on my cold wet socks and shoes this morning I decided to try a trail fix...Gorilla Tape on my ankles to reduce the rubbing...should help! Either way, only a few more days, I think I can pretty much handle anything now for 3 more days! Right out of the lean-to we started climbing. We had to make it over White Cap Mountain this morning, a roughly 3,000 foot climb, and then the rest of the day would be relatively flat. The climb up was ok since it was still chilly and cool and we had fresh legs.