The decision is made to continue our trek in hopes of making it to Mollies Ridge Shelter before dark. Lots of up and down hiking (mostly up) but we move along fairly easily.
You tend to find lots of interesting things to see on the trail including many funny looking trees.
Hiking upwards in the heat tends to make one thirsty. Luckily for us we brought plenty of water and we also found some very reliable water sources along the way. I brought my water pump system along for a back up water filter but we mainly used my new UV light system which proved to be quicker...that is until the battery died.