Day 4 – DUST BOWL: breaky is well underway: porridge, fruit, bacon and eggs, and LOTS of tea. Yesterday we were into camp (4,200) after an hours walking, the predicted time is 3 hours. I am ashamed to say that most of the afternoon we spent doing very little until we left for an acclimatisation walk up a nearby rock outcrop (a gain of 250 vertical metres). Gav had a hard time, having finally succumbed to the Sydney flu, the rest of us felt very comfortable. The temp. had dropped overnight and we are all rugged up this morning, I’m sorry to say the wind has continued stirring up the dust and is making life hard for us all.
Just finished our dinner and are starting to head off to our beds. It has been the biggest day so far. We got into camp earlier than expected with Bridie, Colin and Kendra singing much of the way The guides said the singing was very interesting but when asked if it was good the response was a firm “NO”. After a quick lunch, and snooze we went off for an acclimatisation walk. We all felt the altitude but did well, and after reaching a highpoint of 4,889m turned back to head for dinner. Gav is making a record recovery from his chest infection, doubling the dose of augmentin will do that apparently and I’m relieved to have left the worst of the dust behind (Gav wasn’t the only one increasing his medication).
SICK COOK: we are washed and ready for dinner which is on it’s way. Unfortunately our cook (Mexon) became sick last night, and needed to descend, so our food is being cooked by the extremely capable Happson, our chief guide. We got away this morning with Alfred our guide. He started out slowly but sped up as soon as we told him “they are strong women”. Gav was feeling a bit rough when got into camp but has come good after a rest and an extra 1/2 tab of diamox.