Travel Forum 6 years ago
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Raymond lol.... been and done. If you want to know what it looks like then just watch the new karate kid film. On the bit where they go up the mountain to drink some water..... thas the mountain.
I set off from the base at 7pm.... walked up till about 9.30pm..... the rain just got harder and harder..... thats when i stopped. By 11pm it wasnt going to stop so i had no choice but to carry on..... by 3.30am i got to a peak.... sat down on a rock thinking it was the east peak. As my eyes adjusted to the scenery of a cloud base (looking down) stars (looking up) then on the left hand side i can just make out a higher peak..... F**k!!! Packed all the stuff and carried on climbing...... 5am...... reach east peak. 5.30am...... see sunrise....... glorious..... speechless...... time to climb down at 6am....... then it hit me....... words can not describe how sh*t scared i was...... my knees started to tremble....... turned to jelly and i was stuck to the ground....... no way was i going to climb back down those bloody steps!!!!
Going up in the middle night with only a torch had hidden all the dangers...... come daylight...... i just realised how stupid i had been. I grabbed the iron handles bars and chain links and gritted my teeth and climbed down. All in all....... as much as i cursed and sweared and wish the earth would swallow me up........ thinking back i enjoyed every minute of it. I went to other peaks before cathcing the cable car down at 4pm........ 21 hours up a mountain..... 2 hours rest and the rest was walking up down.... up down.... up down....... how i survived all the walking i have no idea to this day........ but i want to go back and suffer more. The highlight is the sunrise on east peak....... and the plank walk....... or the chain link rock face climb. Hell even the steep 200m or so single file step up the mountain with sheer drop on either side is a eye popper. If anyone wants to see the pictures on my facebook drop me a line and i'll send you the link.
Matt Hardy HI Todd,
The training is going well. If you want some advice on training im glad to help. Since the trip is about 3 months away I feel like this is the best time to start training hard. This will allow you to peak in fitness during your trip. Right now im trying to train 5 times a week. I usually bike twice a week for 40-60 miles and rock climb the remaining 3 days of training. Since it's starting to get cold here in Colorado I'm trying to hike more with a pack. It's going to be a damn slog up that mountain so the better prepared I am to carry a heavy pack the better off i'll be. If your just looking to get in good cardio shape, try wearing a pack and running with it uphill for 1 minute than try 5 minutes off just walking. This will get you in great shape in no time.....do it for one hour.