Half the way back, we take the detour towards the top of Cascade Mountain
Now, such a decision after many kilometers walked with full backpacks, blisters on our feet and another 3,3 km to walk with more than a 500 meters heightdrop…we are not normal people.
We begin to walk the wide, long switchbacks slowly but steadily, Attilio behind me. All of a sudden, without telling me, he decides to take a shortcut straight to the top, cutting a switchback.
And we got lost! We cannot hear each other screaming and calling and we spend a good ten minutes running up and down the trail – which is always going up, against every law of the physics! – before finally founding each other. Losing each other in a dark, bear inhabitated wood is really not a nice experience to have.
And then we are almost done, the last switchback, some ten minutes walking in the bush getting less and less thick, and we are on the top.