Archive for February 13th, 2011

February 13, 2011

On the edge looking down

by backpackingbongos

I am feeling totally kippered this morning and the dog is surprisingly quiet.  Yesterday we squelched along a grand promenade for miles above the 2000ft contour.  My map says that we did 13.5 miles but my body this morning and the fact that it took 9 hours tells a different story.  Constantly detouring around deep wet peat and searching out ground that did not want to remove footwear took time.  I regretted not taking my gaiters, an essential bit of kit on this sort of terrain.  There was a moment of tragic comedy watching Reubens reaction to a particularly vicious hail storm, from the look in his eyes I think I got the blame for that.

The final hour and a half was done in darkness by the beam of head torches, deep bog awaiting the unwary.  The darkness under the plantation canopy absolute.  A full post in the coming week.