Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pickle Branch to Sarver Hollow

It rained all night, sometimes it just poured. At 6:30 it was still coming down but seemed to be slacking off a little. We packed up and headed south. 
At the first creek crossing we collected and treated water. The next 10 miles were going to be dry. Well no drinking water just rain. We started a 4 mile climb to the Audie Murphy Memorial. The steady up hill was grueling. For a short period the rain stopped but just as we got the the top it started again. Fortunately it didn't last long and we ate an early lunch. 
Then we hit the down hill. All the way up you wish for a little down hill but not  4 miles of it.   About 2 PM We arrived at Niday Shelter. The sky opened up and poured, so we pulled out our food bags and snacked some more. 
After the rain stopped we continued south, hiking along the Eastern Continental Divide. All along the ridge were flat rocks pushed up at a steep angle. Of course they were still wet and very slick so progress was slow. It was 7:30 before we got to Sarver Hollow. 
Before it got dark we set up tents and prepared supper. It's cool tonight or maybe we're just wet. Anyway tomorrow will be an easier day.