The day started out well, pretty out nice and with lovely foliage developing here and there with spring continuing its magic. Got a quick light-spirited clip early in.
Hiked out and the weather got a good lot hotter than forecast stated, plus had been warm for quite a while… So, hot + water sources dry along my hike.
I’ve been a heat casualty before, heat stroke, so am at a higher risk of it. Sure enough, after a few hours of no water, uphills, and heat I started to get symptoms of heat exhaustion and then heat stroke.
No longer sweating, dizzy, coordination becoming a problem, random cramps here and there, cogfog, and so on. Realized was in trouble unless I could get water and cool down soon, so sent to Grant a text stating that if he didn’t hear from me again by 8pm there was an emergency and gave my general location.
Luckily, in this case, it didn’t go through I found out. Night started to come and temperature dropped fast, making my clothing that was still damp from when I could sweat quite cold. I found water and filled my 3 liters and slurped it down fast as I went downhill to the gap I was to camp in. Head started to feel a bit clearer over time and by time I’d laid down for a bit in the cold with lots of water (large stream next to camp) my symptoms started to clear to where I could tell I’d be okay.
The “luckily” in this case is because I had no cell signal in the gap. I couldn’t send out the “I’m safe” message and just had to hope that for sure that earlier message didn’t go through and would contact them asap the next day when I got signal again.
Am glad it got cool and I found water when I did. I just ended up having nasty symptoms that didn’t end up being full heat stroke where dead in the forest by accident would happen. The last time I couldn’t function for quite a bit in recovering and only ended up okay because I had Chael to help me get to civilization and care for me.
It was a rather dramatic day lol.
I did get some pretty photos in before it got concerning. Apparently my phone was set on “square” for a while and I didn’t notice.
Evil steep stairs which, as always, cruelty does not show clearly in pics lol.
Apparently broke the GA/NC border about 0.1 mile back but missed the little sign.
Knew I’d done so as the guide book tells you this nifty tree is just after it and a nice place for post-border celebration pics. I just snapped the tree and a vid, texted Grant that I’d made the state change, and kept hiking.
Some unwitting anonymous hikers used for scale.
Some more beauty along the way:
Another of an, especially pretty this time I think, uphill and a little vid about my ups and downs.
Random pics and clip along the way.
Part of the view: