Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Day 3 – 4,700 Meters – Into Thin Air

It is cold and barren. I don’t like it here. Everything I do takes a large amount of energy and all of my breath. Today we were traveling through desert…a bizarre environment to be wearing gloves and your ski jacket at high noon.

The summit looms above us like an angry father. We’re too high to stay here for long without oxygen, so we’ll only be here for a few hours and then we attempt the summit. We also can’t sleep here after the summit, so we’ll have to summon the strength to make it all the way back down to Horombo huts before we can have a night’s rest.

Dinner was sparse. There was no meat because your body has problems digesting it at this altitude. I don’t have an appetite anyway, but I need to force myself to eat. I know I won’t be able to sleep much tonight because it takes me an hour or two to fall asleep and we only have four.

Health wise, everyone in our group is holding up relatively well. Sarah’s nose started bleeding when we reached the door of the hut, but other than that everyone seems okay.

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