Mile 2619 to 2646, 27 miles
- Miles to monument: 3.6
- Miles to Manning Park, Canada: 12.5
Cost: Camped at Castle Pass, free
Up 5311 feet, down 6037
Rainbow was up early and left just after 6. I went back to sleep and ended up leaving just after 8:30am, with a wet tent… One more night!
It was a cold, grey morning but the trail was easy enough.
I stopped on top of one of the passes to eat my savoury ham and cheese roll that I had bought back at the bakery in Stehekin (anything that had turned stale from that bakery would still be better than a tortilla!)
3 hikers came past me on their way back from the monument. One had a DUI from 35 years ago and couldn’t enter Canada, I’m not sure why the other 2 weren’t entering.. But some people don’t go in because they don’t have a passport, didn’t apply for the permission to enter, have some kind of criminal record or simply don’t want to. Each person that came past said congratulations for almost making it and I was getting quite emotional each time. I wonder what I’ll be like at the monument tomorrow…?
I got water from a creek on a switchback and laid my tent out to dry. I thought about how all this was going to be ending…
The last 4 miles to the campsite I had in mind (Castle Pass) was steep switchbacks and it was pouring with rain. I arrived at Castle Pass just after 7pm and Rainbow, Sticky Buns & Milkshake were all camped there too. The rain was unrelenting as I set up my tent and I realised that I didn’t have my sunglasses anymore… They must have fallen off my shoulder strap somewhere today. They weren’t expensive or anything but they were with me for 159 days and I came to have a sentimental attachment to them… I hope someone behind me finds them and picks them up.
I ended up eating my last dinner on the trail inside my tent again. Dinner was a delicious Mountain House lasagna and red wine 🙂