At least Charlie was feeling better. Over a breakfast of Loxton’s corned beef hash we decided to abandon today’s trek. It was only supposed to be a short one to an area with small lakes. Now we have left the villages we always have to camp near water. Natenga explained the snow was too deep for the porters and the lake was frozen. So we decided to spend another night here and instead go for a day hike to gain some altitude.
We set off at a slow plod and after an hour decided we had done enough and would return. The weather was foul with occasional strong winds and snow flurries. On the way down Duffy stopped half way and pointed to a jagged peak in the distance and suggested we climb it. I thought he was barmy and said to Richard that I was going back down. Then Justin the fitness freak said he would do it. At that point everybody else started to move down including Richard who was cold and wanted to keep moving. Duffy is a Red Arrows pilot and both he and Justin are macho ex paratroopers so I thought I’d leave them to it. Then Rob said he would do it and I felt under pressure so I thought sod it I’ll have a go. I was tired; I didn’t want to do it, it looked impossible for me and Richard had gone down.
It actually turned out to be quite easy. It was closer than it looked and I managed it without getting too exhausted. I felt quite exhilarated when we sat on the top. My first summit in the Himalayas!
I was a bit upset that I’d caused Richard to go down and he’d missed it, but luckily he wasn’t too upset with me.
Richard had had a tough night anyway with only one hour’s sleep due to a world champion snorer in the next tent! Most of the guys seem to snore a bit and you hear everything as the tents are close together.
I’ve been told I snore but so far no-one has commented on me this trip but this guy is world class. We’ve now moved his tent 100 yards away from the rest of us.
This afternoon we are resting and the sun has come out so we can dry our things. It doesn’t seem so bad now.
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