14.08.2010 17 °C
Well today was the test for patience and stamina.
After 2 hours we turned right and headed up the relentless climb to dead womans pass (sick of stairs).
You have to admire the Incas for building the trails on the side of mountains.
Today was a mixture of hot sunny weather to the cold forest where sunlight rarely makes an appearance, but there was one thing for sure, you knew you were going up !!!. We had a few groups in front of us all day, which was good for break times allowing you to enjoy without competing for space, however when it came to the after lunch stretch the groups ahead did not do us any favours.
Being last for the day we had the missfortune to see them celebrate their summit of dead womans pass when we were a few hundred metres below with a few hours to go and really tired and absolutely sick to death of stairs.
We had our moment of glory a few hours later.
What a sight to look back on where we had come from and a massive sense of achievement. Bloody cold so on came the warm gear and absorbe the scenery.
Another 2 hours ahead to reach camp. After all the up there was the down, down, down ...... hard on knees and steep !!!.
Camp 2 was quite busy with many other groups already set up. Our porters welcomed us with warm water to wash the sweat away. It was great to fall into the tent - exhausted !!!!
Really cold and mosquitos big enough to need air traffic controllers.
Again, great tucker and off to bed early.
Some of us were feeling the effects of alititude (headeaches, tummy pains, nausia etc) I was not the best going to bed, tomorrow morning would be a test as we had a 300 metre near verticle climb for the 2nd pass. Just the thing you need after a massive day.
Uncle Rod tending to Davids blisters at Lunch time (Rod is a Kokoda Track veteran, he had all the good kit for trekking)
Kids on the trail at rest stops