Saturday–August 28, 2021
Location–Redington Campsite, Saddleback Range
Everyone’s up and gone before seven. Wicked focus, these northbounders, as they near Katahdin, the end of their quest. It’s 7:30 before I get camp struck, pack shouldered, and moving.
I’ve not the usual climb first thing, only 700-feet of up to Poplar Ridge, but more hand over hand. Good trail, comparatively. Then the climbing continues for real, to Saddleback Junior. Spectacular views always seem to come with hard climbs. Especially so here.
Evening, 500-foot bail-off to Redington Campsite.
I no sooner get camp set than the rain, which has been threatening, finally comes–and continues all night.
Rugged climbing ahead of me tomorrow, over The Horn, then above treeline up and across Saddleback–leaves me fearful. But I am weary. I’ll dream of tomorrow, which will bring more intense adventure–and reward…
Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind.
Be led by the dreams in your heart.
(Roy T. Bennet)