Title too serious?
How about… “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses a toe”?
So, Little Death Hollow will be the end of my hike. 🙁
Honestly, I haven’t been completely truthful with you. With the satellite phone it is extremely difficult to do updates. I usually give just the highlights of the day and the general “all’s well” for my loved ones. However, the truth is I’ve had a tough go this outing.
On Day 4 I began to develop several blisters. This is not highly unusual, as I normally treat them and they eventually callous over in a few days and my feet harden. However, this time one blister on my right foot must have gotten infected despite my best efforts to keep it clean. By Day 8 it became pus-filled and very swollen and the entire toe was red. This affected my walking speed (and comfort) and may have contributed to my next injury — a strained lower leg muscle on my opposite leg. This slowed me down even more as it was extremely painful to go downhill or across irregular surfaces (there are a lot of those in southern Utah!)
So… for the last few days I’ve basically been hobbling through the desert. I don’t think either injury is that serious, I just need rest and to be in a healing environment — and to continue to push forward 15+ miles a day through sand and water, across slickrock and boulders, is definitely NOT that environment. I mean I guess I could push on and self-amputate my toe if needed, but that doesn’t sound like a very good situation for me — or a very worthy sequel to the movie 127 Hours.
Thus… it’s with a very heavy heart that I decided to abandon my Bryce to Moab Hike on Day 11. I love being ‘out there’, but with my current situation I thought it was best to pull myself out while I was at the rendezvous with my parents, than to let the situation possibly get worse and find myself deeper in the wilderness with far fewer options.
I am never out to set speed records on my hikes — if you see the size of my pack you would know this to be the case. Instead I love to take lots of pics and videos and have as much fun as possible. In my current state, this hike began to be not fun. So, it is best I take the break, heal up… and do it all again later! 🙂
As I recoup I will post more details/pics/video on what from this point on will be called “The Bryce to Little Death Hollow Hike”.
Thanks for following along.