Tuesday, 5 November 2013
The 2013 Challenge, day 3: Lochailort to Glensulaig (6)
Once the Dubaians had had their supper and cleared away, I made myself some supper. Ken mentioned that there was another Challenger camped just outside the bothy, and so I went to the woods and found Tony. Now, i have mentioned Tony in this blog before. I first met him in 2009 at Garva bridge. He's a great guy ... but he's certainly a character! He was just settling down for the night, so I said I'd see him in the morning and headed back into the bothy.
We had a good fire going, so I tried to dry off as much gear as I could. I was the last one awake, so when I was done I damped down the embers before turning in for the night. And this was where I made a bit of a boo-boo. You see, I was a bit concerned that my rucksack was still wet. I have a three quarter length Thermarest sleep mat, so on expedition I always sleep with my feet resting on my rucksack. But I have a down sleeping bag ... and down doesn't like getting wet. So I decided that I had better make use of my survival bag to keep the sleeping bag separated from the wet rucksack. So I tucked the foot end of my sleeping bag into the survival bag before finally bedding down for the night ... and that was a BIG mistake. What I OUGHT to have done, of course, was to put the RUCKSACK inside the survival bag. But ... more of this anon. For now I was comfortable. I had had no recurrences of my medical symptoms. My shoulder seemed to have settled down a bit and was no longer troubling me too much. So even though I was not going to be ticking Gulvain off my list this Challenge, all seemed well with the world as I settled down to sleep.