Done! Andre, Ben, Tony and I showed SJ who’s boss. Namely Andre, but aside from that, it was a great climb. We did Cactus to Tram in less 4.5 hours, cutting a full hour of my prior best time, and go to the top in 6:40 (Andre in 6:35). Great day. Great crew.
Some of the usual stomach issues, but no biggie until the way down. Time for a nap! Think I’ll avoid Nuun electrolytes next time and see if that helps.
At the peak, we ran into two PCT through-hikers, and Andre asked them where they were from. One said, Texas, and for some reason I can’t place, I knew he was from Lubbock. Accent? Bearing? No idea. So I said, “I though you were from Lubbock” and he looked totally stunned. He was from Lubbock. I think he thought I was warlock or something. Ha.
Andre ran all the way down to the tram. Awesome. The rest of us jog-walked. Less awesome, but easier on the knees 😉
At the tram, I mentioned that I wanted to do C2C2C someday but it never worked out. Andre said, “I’ll do it,” and I laughed. Of course he would. But no way was I hiking back down with my stomach all messed up. Turns out, it would have been a terrible, awful, possibly lethal decision — it was 105 in Palm Springs. No fun hiking down into a furnace. C2C2C will have to wait for cooler weather.