Day 10 — Training Camp
The plan was to wake up at 0600 hours, have breakfast at 0700 hours and leave for the base camp at 0800 hours. When we woke up, we knew that the plan was foiled. The rain outside was heavy and there was no morning call (or rather morning tea). Samuel and I both stayed in our sleeping bags to enjoy the warmth of our beds. When the tea arrived (I don’t know what time it was), we reluctantly woke up to check what was happening and to have our tea. From the looks of the weather, today will be a long and boring day.
We had breakfast with hard boiled eggs, toast and cereal. Yi Qian took out his kaya spread (YAY!) for us to have a taste of home. Everyone seemed to be in their top form from how breakfast disappeared in a matter of a few minutes.
EHH! who took the kaya!!!!
We spent the rest of the morning sitting in the dining tent talking, reading and laughing. It was a reflective morning as we sat down and asked ourselves why we were climbing these mountains in the first place. We got many different perspectives and got a better understanding of everyone’s position. For me, I felt that it was all about the out-of-the-comfort-zone experience. It was not something that I was used to and I knew that I needed to accomplish this to proceed on with my life.
For lunch, we had dal (again… well we are on the mountain and we should be happy there is warm food), vegetables, and rice. Dal is starting to become a bane for everyone. Dal is a dish made from beans cooked in a stew-like mixture. It has a tonne of spices that gives it a “unique” taste.
We had another few hours of meditation time before Edwin gave us a short tutorial on locking ourselves when we were abseiling down during a crevasse rescue mission. Right after that, it suddenly started snowing heavily. A few of our tents were destroyed by the sudden snowfall. The weight of the snow on the tent tore some of the outer layers. Our mountain guide mentioned that this recent snowfalls were very uncommon during summer and the last time he saw something like this was almost 10 years ago. Well, at least it is not the first time.
Meditating on the mountain. I wonder what came out of that.
It rained throughout the night. Most of our tents were soaking wet. Needless to say, most of us did not sleep well. This whole bad weather saga is a very unforgettable experience for us. Not only could we not continue with our training, we had to brave the rain & snow to fix our screwed up tents.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!