It’s been a few days with no check-ins.
I’m currently in Denver, and am not jumping back on trail this season. This marks the end of my thru-hike and turns it into a LASH (long-ass section hike).
After a hard couple days of hiking, I got to Grand Lake. It was around this point that it became exceedingly difficult to eat food without feeling nauseated. My caloric intake could not be maintained, and I lost 6-8 lbs in just a few days, and decided it prudent to jump off trail at mile 1391 rather than to continue to push ahead hoping my food consumption issue would resolve itself.
I have spent the past few days in Boulder eating bland foods and seeing if my GI tract would fully recover. I think I’m still a couple weeks out from full recovery, and may have picked something up from the trail. Without being able to take in calories at the level I need for hiking, my hike cannot continue.
A doctor prescribed some anti-nausea medication, and I’ll check back in a few days and get some follow-up analysis.
I’ll be back in Sacramento this weekend.
I’m certainly bummed I can’t finish the trail this season, but the trail and community will be there for a long time.
Thanks for sticking with me on this journey!
May your own adventures be lovely,