We set out from camp this morning at 10:35 am and arrived back at 7:30 pm, it was an absolutely grueling 9 hours in which we covered 20km. It was another beautiful sunny day but there was some wind to start which made us feel much colder, the wind then dropped off then picked up again it just couldn’t make it’s mind up and along with it was us like a bunch of clowns taking off layers of clothing then putting them back on and so on and so forth all day.
It really was a tough one today and what I said yesterday about the beautiful views was not enough to lift my spirits, I had three blisters that were flaring which made skiing agony, my upper back was cramping from my pack bad enough that I couldn’t turn my neck, we’re all suffering from this hacking cough which is excruciating because you have to suck in freezing pressurize it then cough, and the air burns your lungs, and finally to add insult to injury my primary ipod froze to death, and 15 min after I plugged in my back up that died too.
At km 17 today I was skiing along side Guy, the main organizer of this trip and guide, and he asked me if I thought Hamza would have enjoyed this trip, I really didn’t know the answer so I just said yes, right after I moved further up the line next to my father and asked him the same question, his response was “No sane human being could possibly enjoy this” and alas I would have to agree with him. But I really have to give it to him, he’s turning 60 in three days and he did the whole 20km not one complaint, I could see there was suffering but he stuck it through.
I miss hot showers, socks that don’t stink, sleeping in a place that doesn’t smell like my and my brother’s stinky sock, I miss clothes that don’t stink, or just clean fresh clothes that haven’t been worn since they’ve been washed, I miss not having to go to the toilet at thirty degrees below zero, I miss a real toilet, I miss sleeping in a bed and sleeping in the dark this 24 hour sun is driving me insane, I miss putting on my clothes standing up, and not lying horizontal in a cramped tent, and I miss wearing comfortable shoes, these -100 degree space boots are getting old! All that said, it is a magnificent place with views like I’ve never seen before but I won’t beat my self up about it, I’ll just buy a poster next time and hang it in my bedroom.
Target tomorrow: 20km
50km covered 61km to go.