Mile 2541 to 2564, 23 miles
- Miles to monument: 86
- Miles to Manning Park, Canada: 95
Cost: Camped, free
Up 4947 feet. Down 5553 feet.
I slept in and left at 9am. I wasn’t in a hurry and only wanted to do about 24 miles and stay about 5 miles out of Stehekin – I wouldn’t be able to do a 28 mile day and arrive before the last bus at 6:15pm anyway.
At one point I heard something crashing through the bushes behind me. I turned around and saw a stag in the middle of the trail behind me, it was beautiful. It stood there looking at me for a moment then casually walked away. I was reminded how lucky I am to be out here.
Around 3:30pm I came to a campsite with a sign warning of falling trees and advising not to camp there. I hadn’t eaten lunch but there were a few big fallen down trees that looked like they would make a good seat so I sat opposite the warning sign on a log to eat lunch… A bit silly really! I ate a tortilla in peace but as I was starting to pack up a massive tree branch fell of the tree right behind me… The noise was so loud but I had no idea where it was coming from, I looked up and then finally saw the branch as it was in mid-air. It landed about 2 metres behind me. It definitely would’ve knocked me out or pinned me under had it been that little bit closer… Close call!
I camped by myself in a large campsite. I set up my tent and was eating dinner when the wind picked up and the trees surrounding my tent were swaying and creaking. 2 trees had half fallen and were being held up by other trees but if the other trees swayed in the wind too there was every chance I could end up with a few trees on top of my tent, not ideal. I didn’t want to but I took down my tent and moved it to a clearer spot but the reason I never set it up there in the first place was because of the downward slope it was on. If I get crushed by a tree tonight on this uncomfortable slope, then I guess that’s fate!