Day 5 — Training Camp

Redefine Your Limits

Day 5 — Training Camp

We woke up early in the morning with the friendly tea call from the kitchen crew. It was always easy to wake up with piping hot tea served to you while you were still in your warm sleeping bag. We washed up and got ready for breakfast, which was a simple meal of toast, eggs, and hot drinks.

After breakfast, we got ready for our basic snow craft refresher course. We are starting slow as some of us have not acclimatised to the new conditions: high altitude; cold weather; dirty not as clean food. Some of us still had stomach problems. It was probably due to the food and water. Not really sure if we should be posting this picture, but here goes…

We will leave you to figure what this is…

We started our walk at 0800 hours and arrived at a steep section opposite of our camp within fifteen minutes. Our training began with the various methods and techniques of walking uphill and downhill on snow. The techniques we used for uphill were the “duckwalk”, “single point”, “double point”, “side step” and “nine-three zigzag”. For going downhill, we used the “plunge step (heel step)”, “reverse single point” and “reverse double point”. We practised these techniques throughout the morning.

Walking inline

Nice view behind

Climbing up and down the slope

We went back to Training Camp for lunch. It was a pity that a few of our team mates were still having diarrhoea as they have not gotten used to the level of hygiene here. They didn’t really eat much and seemed like they were very uncomfortable. I hope they get well soon!

We had some free time after lunch and the weather was sunny. We took this opportunity to dry our equipment, check our tents, and rest.

Yong Siang and his stomachache face waiting for lunch

In the evening we had some discussion about “Acute Mountain Sickness” AKA A.M.S. It is a sickness whereby the body cannot adapt to the low levels of oxygen in the atmosphere and starts to “complain”. The symptoms include headache and vomiting, and we were told to watch out for each other when see these symptoms in our team mates. The 2 kinds of AMS include High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). The former refers to fluid in the lungs (thus pulmonary) and the latter refers to fluid in the brain (thus cerebral). These are serious forms of AMS and the victim may not be able to think straight. Edwin also shared some scary experiences he had with people suffering from AMS. We don’t want that happening to any of us.

We drank chai (tea) and had snacks in the evening, and stayed in the dining tent till dinner. After which, we all returned to our tents immediately as those who were sick needed to have an early night to recover.

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