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Shortly before the summit, I got a doozy of a heat cramp and I drank my last Gatorade. We were tracking ourselves with GPS, and we knew that we were about to hit the six mile mark. For this reason, I thought I’d be okay downing the last of my liquid. We could see blue sky above us, so we knew we were almost past the worst of it. Once we hit the summit, there’d only be a mile or so left, all of which should be downhill.
After massaging out the cramp, we finagled our way around downed trees and up the steepest inclines yet.
Oh, it was spectacular! If you’ve never climbed a mountain, you should. It’s a feeling bigger than life when you take that final step up to the peak.
But this time, something wasn’t right.
Was NOT looking over the valley that what we thought it would be.
The trail had taken us somewhere completely different.
And, with all three of us almost completely out of water, that’s when everything started going horribly wrong.
TO BE CONTINUED.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. Have you ever gotten serious cramps while hiking (or doing any sort of exercise?) I’m honestly curious, what have you done to make sure you don’t get them in the future? I’ve read that once you get heat cramps once, it’s much easier to get them again.
PPS. For more photos from the “pre-rescue” part of our hike, visit my personal Facebook page (different from the SDL page). I’ve shared them all there.
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