The good news: he accomplished this potentially catastrophic fall without acquiring a scratch!
"I'm a champion at falling," he joked, which makes sense considering he spent his last four years as a Division I soccer goal keeper at Brown.
Additional endurance, physical and equipment updates:
Gretel's blisters are no longer an issue. Hansel has been experiencing some strange numbness in his toes. They both have been having an easier time with the longer hikes (15+ miles). Hansel's pack is getting a hole in it because he has so much equipment and food shoved into it. This is a problem that might need attention sooner rather than later. The pack was new so they are hoping they can replace it at one of the next outfitters they come to. They used their new water filter for the first time and it seems to be working well. They haven't needed it until now because the water south of Virginia often comes right out of the mountain and is not likely to be polluted or contaminated.
Finally, you might remember our friend Badger. He is still with Hansel and Gretel and was, in fact, the very first person to wish Gretel a Happy Birthday. He too has been keeping a blog of his adventures and if you have an interest in following his story, you can find it at zrdavis.com.
Gretel making breakfast
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