Day 9 – 大峰 (Da Feng) Base Camp, 4500m
We left 日隆镇 (Ri Long Zhen) early in the morning and set off for 大峰 (Da Feng). Upon reaching the ridge line that would lead us to base camp, we decided to stop for a photo! A picture of all 8 of us with 四姑娘山 (Si Gu Niang Shan) in the background. You can see from left to right 四峰 (Si Feng), 三峰 (San Feng), 二峰 (Er Feng), and last but not least, 大峰 (Da Feng). Well 大峰 (Da Feng) isn’t that prominent because it does not have a sharp peak but you can see it quite clearly. Isn’t it strange that they call 大峰 (Da Feng) the shortest peak in this region? A direct translation of Da Feng to English would be Big Peak. I find it strange that they named the shortest peak in this region 大峰 (Da Feng). Turns out that there’s a legend behind this. The four peaks are the four sisters, and 大峰 (Da Feng) is the eldest. Legend has it that she did something wrong, and her head was cut off, thus the peak is shorter. Interesting, isn’t it?
We walked slightly south of the ridge line to avoid the winds and enjoyed picturesque views of our surroundings.
Raymond having a solo shot.
Han Xiao having a solo shot.
Group of us just strolling along the plains.
The Three Musketeers doing… something?
Our mascot! Karen gave her the name 小粘粘 (Little Sticky), well cause the dog was sticky and dirty.
A sort of group picture!
It was around 4pm when we reached the base camp (4500m) of Da Feng.
Us at Base Camp.
Everyone was feeling pretty well, except for Han Xiao, as her knee was painful. I hope the pain will subside overnight. I was still feeling alright and there were no signs of headaches or other Acute Mountain Sickness symptoms.
The three horses that accompanied us all the way to Base Camp docked at a row of huts opposite to the hut which we were going to spend the night in. We collected our sleeping bags, mats and cushions and began setting up our individual sleeping spot. All nine of us, including Edwin, will sleep together side by side for maximum warmth. After a quick dinner in the dark, we quickly tucked into our sleeping bags as we all knew that we needed to wake up early at 0400 hours for the summit push.
What…? A Caterpillar at 4500m!
Preparing to sleep.
Throughout the night, most of us had problems sleeping because of the cold. Yong Siang, who was sleeping beside me, kept fidgeting and flipping in his sleeping bag. He mentioned that he had some breathing difficulty the next morning. As for me, the headache kicked in in the middle of the night and I spent the whole night fighting against it, consciously breathing hard to get more oxygen, hoping to recover before the alarm clock rings.
Unfortunately, I did not recover and woke up with a severe headache. I knew, at that moment, the summit climb was not going to be easy for me.