Miles:1289.2 to 1308.5
So … I promised myself that I would not stay on trail if my weight got dangerously low, (155 or lower / 25% of my starting mass) and I am at ~160 right now which is down 20% from 200 pounds, I am six foot even.
The reason is that I have a minor lung disease where I have what are called blebs on my lungs (bubbles of a sort) that can pop when I get too skinny and cause a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) which has happened to me before and would be extremely dangerous on the trail to have happen.
I did not expect to lose so much weight so fast. 40lbs is a lot, 1/5th of my total starting weight and the pounds are in free fall still. I had just ate when I took the picture above and am in clothes. To put it into perspective, my pack when fully loaded with food and water is about 30 pounds.
I am going to have to reassess in Ashland, which is fitting as that is where I was last hospitalized for a collapsed lung. If I am around 150 there then I need to stop. I am putting olive oil on my food, eating tons of candies and bars. I even make protein powder shakes every day and eat nonstop in towns.
I am not sure what else to do.
Gah! … it would break my heart to have to go off trail for this. Though I have to be careful of my health, a pneumothorax would be a three day hospital stay and run me to the tune of 30-50k.
Waiting for Belden town store to open, checking wifi.
Anyway, hiked out of Belden today, it was a huge climb that took until 4pm to be done with.
Passed 1300 today.
Mountain Spice joined us, she is a previous AT thru-hiker and has hiked a lot.
Made it here to Cold Spring (aptly named) and we all decided to camp.
There is thunder in the distance, we may get rain later.