OK, fail is maybe too strong. We had a nice hike, and discovered that our gear worked pretty well. 3 1/2 miles isn’t too far to hike in Viking shoes, and the bed roll wasn’t too heavy. Only then there were the mosquitoes. Mid August should have been too late for that many, but it’s been a damp summer.
We found a lovely campsite near Blue Lake, and sat down to eat some of our provisions, but were immediately covered in mosquitoes, to the point that we had to eat with one hand and swat with the other. Not fun. So, we hightailed it.
7 miles is a long way to walk in Viking shoes. And the bed roll got pretty heavy by the end.
But, we learned stuff, and will definitely try again next year, some place with fewer bugs.