Day 8 – 双桥沟 (Shuang Qiao Gou) / 日隆镇 (Ri Long Zhen)
Our final day of ice climbing training. Behold, the vertical waterfall that awaits us:
The route on the right was really hard. As such, we decided to play a game to push each other to climb even higher than the previous person. The person who climbed the lowest will have to write the blog for today. Well I’m writing it so you guessed it!
I’m “forced” to write this blog entry because I climbed the lowest. Allow me to tell you my unfortunate story.
Raymond tackling the lower section of the right route.
Raymond ascending the right route. Raymond stopped at about 4m above his current position.
We spent half the day training. In the morning, we got to the base of the vertical ice wall and applied all the skills that we learnt over the past 5 days. As I was climbing, things were going well. Unfortunately, I had a bad tummy ache while climbing and I had to descend to answer nature’s call. When I decided to attempt the climb on the right route to try and better the others, my crampons came out! How unlucky! That was my final chance as there was insufficient time.
After lunch, we packed up and set off for 日隆镇 (Ri Long Zhen). There was a sense of nostalgia as we had a lot of happy memories at 双桥沟 (Shuang Qiao Gou). As much as we wanted to stay on and continue ice climbing, we have to prepare for our expedition ahead. We stayed in 日隆镇 (Ri Long Zhen) for the night, as we were setting off for 大峰 (Da Feng), 5038m, from here, tomorrow. We went to the town for some last minute shopping, and stocked up a lot of food, in preparation for tomorrow’s climb.