I encountered two other Sobos unknowingly until afterwards that were surprised I planned on camping out for the night given the drop in temperature but I didn’t see what another choice I had. I chatted with three other day hikers as I was getting close to camp. On my ascent, I passed by one final chatty day hiker about gear, my journey, etc. About a mile later, I got my first view of the trip, which allowed me to see the farmland I had travelled across all day and the ridge I had started the day on in the distance. I was tired but happy to reach the shelter. No one else was there but I decided to try out my tent.
After setting up my tent, I tried several times to start a fire but it was too windy. Running out of daylight, I cooked my dinner and again tried to start a fire using my stove like a blowtorch did the trick. I forgot to mention that I also had an audience while doing this. A raccoon was watching me from a nearby tree. I heard something walking up but thought it was a person. The raccoon watched closely from the tree as I shouted, tossed some rocks in its direction, only to continue to watch me from the tree. Eventually, he scurried down the tree and away.
No one else showed up to camp that night. I hung around the fire until around 6:30, put my food in the bear box, and headed for bed. I listened very closely throughout the night. I heard a mouse scurried across my pack twice, an owl, and some other bird. I had heated up my Nalgene with boiling water as an extra precaution. In addition, I had Smartwool leggings, my hiking pants, rain pants, two pairs of socks, Smartwool quarter zip, a Mountain Hardwear hoodie, a down jacket, gloves, balaclava, hood from the hoodie, and a knit hat. I also had a sleeping pad, Thermarest, a 10-degree quilt, and the warmest liner they sell. Can you tell I sleep cold? I was okay for most of the night with an occasional chill. The Nalgene only stayed warm until around 11 and it got cold in the early hours.