Inca Trail - Day 2
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Day 2 and we awake to find that somehow none of the guys binging on rum the previous night are hangover, and we set off for what promises to be the hardest day. Most of the way is up hill, reaching the highest point on the Trail at the Dead Woman´s Pass at approx 4200 metres.
The first part of the walk was reasonably tough, heading through forest that at least largely protected us from the surrounding mist and rain. Then when we emerged from the woods we were faced with a really tough ascent to the peak, up the old Inca steps. Fortunately my ankle was pretty much fine going up hill, and with the help of the walking sticks I was the first of our group to make it to this point. Celebrations were in order and Jose miraculously produced yet another bottle of rum which served to warm us a little in the horrible weather conditions - cold and cloud-covered - which obscured what was probably a great view.
Then just as we were preparing for the steep descent down the other side, the rain set in which made for a pretty unpleasant and slippery walk down the large Inca steps (or bolders) and left me cursing the Incas for their poor road building ability (at least, I told myself, in comparison to the Romans who had been around 1500 years before and mastered the concept of straight and largely flat roads). My ankle was not happy, frequently being threatened with a further twist, but after a couple of hours we made it to camp where we rested, happy knowing the supposedly hardest part was over!