Peter is in for the night at Plum Orchard Gap shelter, at mile 74.1 for the hike. Today was a long one, and he felt beat up, not wanting to eat much or drink water. It was mostly all climbing today. The first big climb was Kelly's Knob, one mile up, which took more than an hour to hike. He tried walking 50 paces and then resting but it didn't always work out. On the vertical places, there's really no place to rest or take your pack off, so you just keep going. As a result, he has sunburnt forearms and blisters just starting on his heels - the skin has separated from the substrata. Maybe with bandaids or moleskin, he can avoid a full blown blister.
Sometimes, he tried walking just 25 paces and then having a brief rest, especially on the uphill when he noticed his heart over 180 beat per minute. It was also tough walking downhill. Even with laces tied tight, he felt his toes being jammed into the toe box of his shoes.
By the time he texted me, he was thinking all he needs is some rest. He's hoping the wind dies down, but in the Gaps is where the wind tends to howl through and that's where they tend to camp. I suggested he try his jacket around his feet overnight but he said he has been wearing it in the hammock! I should have known he would do whatever he could and my suggestions are lame. But you know, you just want to help.
Here is the trail leading to Plum Orchard Shelter. At least it's pretty and there's sun!