Day 2: Climbing 3,000 feet just to go back down the other side isn\'t fun but very beautiful
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November 10th, 2006 – by: BrownSugarT86
Halfway up we stopped for lunch which was a break well recieved. Again, it was delicous. Although the break was wanted it made starting over again all the more dificult. And what was the most dificult wasn't really the steps.. although my legs were sore at the end of the day. What made it so hard was the thinness of the air. I had to stop almost every 3 to 5 minutes just to catch my breath. I was getting down on myself but then I realized everyone in the group was having the same problem, even a man from Austrailia who was a very fit personal trainer. We eventually made it to the highest peak. While I was tryin hard to garnish as much energy for the walk down, I saw a couple tour guides from other group lighting up.
If the way up was hard... the way down was just has bad if not worse.. at least for me. On the way down I discovered something very new about myself.. the fact that I HATE going down steep steps. I always new I didn't really like going down steep steps but I guess since I don't have to on a regular basis I didn't realize how much I feared them. I swore I was going to topple of the side and fall to my way to young death. I was the last person to reach to bottom and I think I annoyed a bit the tour guide who had to wait for the last person because I was waaaaay and I mean waaaaaaaaay behind the group. I was by myself and crying all the way down wishing I was there with someone.
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