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April 16, 2016
Africa Chapter III: Trek Part II
The entirety of the trek blended together into the quickest 6 days of my life. Wake up (6:00 am), breakfast, pack up, move out, trek until around 3/4 pm, set up camp, rest until the next day, do it again. The routine was draining in the same sense a marathon or extreme athletic event is, draining yet rewarding.
The next few days we saw different livestock, fascinating geology, and vast views. Once or twice we were trapped in pea soup fog and worried it would rain, but the rain held up.
Breakfast! Usually consisted of oatmeal, instant coffee and rooibos tea (native to South Africa).
Morning view of our neighbors’ campsite.
Realllly pushing the limits of the fear of heights.
Our campsite for night 1.
We were on the move by about 7:30 am. Some areas were too cloudy to see the full view (3000 meters up).
Probably talking about rocks with Otto. I like rocks – and may or may not have been diamond hunting the majority of the trek.
Read the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. All I see is a field of roses.
Rivers and streams were plentiful and clean enough to be our water supply for the week.
Curious donkeys poking their ears up.
Big river crossing.
There were a lot of pretty bushes on the top of the mountain. One type of ‘Everlastings’ was used by Shaman to ‘reach their ancestors’.
The fog was a formidable foe. I only got lost once.
But it cleared up eventually.
Look at all that copper!
According to Otto, hiking poles help offset about 30% of the weight you are carrying.
Garth prepping our lunch. Average lunch was a stick of salami, crackers, cheese, and travel tuna packets. We also had evening tea times.
Trying to drink from a rock wall, but getting rained on instead.
One thing that will not come through in the blog or pics, is how insanely steep and unsafe a lot of the trails were. It was pretty nuts in some areas, scaling wet slanted rocks with 1000 ft drops.
The views on the final few days were perfect. The clouds subsided enough for us to enjoy.