Day 16: Wind Blows

16. April 26: 1.3 miles from PCT 185.70 on San Jacinto Summit Trail to Mile 201.69 Campsite 

Last night was fucking terrible and tonight is shaping up to be the same. We had gale force winds plow through our campsite at just under 10,000 feet. They eventually calmed down but it was harrowing for a while. Glow Worm’s tent collapsed at one point. We descended almost 4000 feet as well as going down Fuller Ridge which was still very snowy. We used our microspikes and got through it. The rest of the day was all downhill. It wasn’t exceptionally hard just tiresome and long. We were all a bit cranky from the night before as well as hiker hunger kicking in. I’m going through my snacks faster than I anticipated. We got to where we planned to camp around 6:00 but the site was mostly full so we went a half mile down the trail and set up there. The wind immediately started picking up again as it had all afternoon and the campsite had no shelter whatsoever. It took forever to stake down my tent and it collapsed on me a few time. Making dinner consisted on sitting between two bushes with Glow Worm and trying to shield our stoves with our hands as I’m writing now at 8:15 pm the wind is still fucking nuts. It has to be at least 50 mph gusts. Every time the wind increases I just grit my teeth and hope my tent holds. Update @ 10:54 pm – insanely windy. Already had two stakes pull up on either vestibule. The fabric sounds like it’s going to be ripped apart. McDirty and Cougar already packed up and went further down the trail in search of shelter. It’s also too damn hot for this 20 degree quilt. I would be shirtless but there’s so much grit and sand on my sleeping pad that it just makes it worse. Everything on this tent is loose. There’s not a single guy wire that’s properly taught. This is living hell. I have no idea how I’m going to get any sleep. 

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