You are a trip leader on a five-day winter break backpacking trip in Linville Gorge, NC. It's day three of the trip when the gorge is hit unexpectedly with 14 hours of freezing rain. The rocks, trails, and trees are covered with an inch of ice; numerous trees have fallen, leaving the trails littered with trees and tree limbs, further increasing the difficulty of foot travel.
You are camped at the bottom of the gorge and scheduled to be picked up at 10 AM on the fifth day. To reach the pick-up at the scheduled time, you need to hike most, if not all, of the day.
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