We woke to a beautiful day. It was a perfect morning for hiking, clear skies and cool air. Unfortunately, since we had to shuttle back to the trailhead, we had to wait before we could get started. When we got back to the trail, it was already 8:30 and clouds were beginning to roll in. The hike started with a very steep uphill section of the trail to a ridge. At the top of the first peak there was a place that you could have taken a gondola to the top, a mere 10 minute ride to the top of the mountain, where it took us an hour and a half of hiking.
We stopped at the last hut in the Whites to make lunch and to fill up our water. There we ran into one of the other groups that had stayed in the hostel last night as well. We visited for awhile. They were planning on stopping at the shelter before the one we were going to spend the night. The rest of the day's hiking was tough but not too bad. Everything went well.
Around 2:00 pm, the clouds cleared and the weather was nice for the rest of the day. We arrived at the Rattle Creek Shelter around 7:20 pm. There were only two people tenting nearby and the shelter was empty when we got there. We started to cook dinner as soon as we could since we were both starving. As we were cooking, a thru hiker from Sweden came up. For dinner Max and I both had ramen. I had chili ramen and Max had pork ramen. The chili turned out to be very spicy, but is one of my new favorites.
The Swede and I talked about different trails we have hiked and stories from home. The Swede said that one of his favorite things to do on the weekends is to hike up a mountain and to bring along food and a mat. He will then just sit, sleep, and enjoy the beauty of the day and the peaceful scenery of the mountains.
After a little bit, a weekend warrior came up and stayed at the shelter as well. He pulled out a bottle of whisky and offered it around, there weren't any takers. Max and I usually don't have any trouble falling asleep after a long days hike. When we were going to bed, the weeked warrior started to build a fire. Thankfully we were able to fall asleep quickly.
The Barn Hostel to Rattle River Shelter