Tom and I decide to climb up further
to better assess the terrain and determine our position.
It’s so dark that our headlamps and flashlights
are not able to help us.
Breaking out the handheld flashlight means I
have now used every piece of equipment I have been hauling,
with exception of climbing gear.
Search for a trail, we try to bushwhack through
the landmass to our right thinking we can work our way
over to the reference point.
We’re exhausted. I’m stumbling dangerously along the steep trail, barely staying
hallucinations continue as the wildflowers look like
little people with outstretched arms and legs rocking
towards and away from me.
It was if they were teasing me, laughing at me.
Stumps looked like people sitting on chairs. One flower appeared in the shape of a skull. Everything had
is useless as the brush is just too dense. It's
past midnight and we’ve been trying to work our way
out of the canyon since 9 PM or earlier, with no progress.
We’re extremely tired and almost out of water.
We’re quickly coming to grips with the reality
of the situation.
We’re stuck in this canyon.
It’s impassable at night, especially in our condition.
We desperately descend to the starting point
at the bottom of the canyon, hoping to find another
Tom and I are not ready to accept defeat
and we continue to search for a trail at the bottom
of the canyon.
Danny and Colleen shut down, too exhausted to
reluctantly follows, frustrated at the knowledge that
our race is over.
The race cutoff time is at 8 AM and we won’t
hike down the trail trying to find a trail that is clearly
marked on the map.
It’s not here. I come back to the trailhead and sit on my sleeping bag and
stare at the maps hoping to find another way.
After 185 hours on the trail, our dream of finishing
this expedition race is over a mere
4 or 5 hours from the finish line.
After all the difficulty this team has faced
and after how well we’ve come together as a group, we
will not finish the Four Winds Supreme this year.
I turn out my light.
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