Inka trail day 2, Dead womans pass, rain, and shortness of breath.

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Us all at the top of the peak.

Day 2 started with a cup of tea at 5am, i am not one for mornings and the cup of tea didnt help me.  We all had breakfast under a thatched roof, it was a decent one, porrige, pancakes, and fruit, we all had a cup of coca leaf tea, as this day was gonna be tough.

It started with a hour climb to the 2nd pass, this was horrible, it was all twisty and turvy, the trail was wet and slippy, it took us longer than a hour.  Made the pass and from here its up all the way to Dead Womans pass!! Out of the entire trek and weekend, this was the worse and most difficult part of the whole thing, if it was missed out, then the trek could be done by all, but its really hard, so anyone with heart problems or breathing trouble forget it, its a bitch!! The trek takes over 3hours!! the half way part is hard, up thru dense forrest, and waterfall infessted steps, we got passed by loads of ppl, the bags dragged us down, it was physically hard.

Dead woman pass
  When we made it too the half way point the rest of our group had waited 30minutes, we had a break of oranges and started up, another 1.30mins up to dead woman pass.  Well in fact it took me and liz over 2hours, we got passed by every single other group and porters.. our lungs gave in, we found it so hard, Ricardo was also finding it tough, Revic and Mike made it up ok, about 25mins before me, Xona did it but with difficulty, Ricardo next and finally me, those last 14steps are a f**king arse, and the thing is its bloody flat looking, simple infact, just your up in the sky at 4,400ft and its hard!! Liz made it up after me and we all cheered, took the routin group photo and started the descent down.  We found the descent much more better, it takes tourists 2hours to reach the campsite, me and liz did it under 2hours, we made up for coming last by coming first in the descent.
Liz climbs up to Dead Woman pass!! the group cheer her on!! It took us over 2hours to climb, it wasnt even steep
  Its all 90% inka steps, amazing how its kept so well, it weaves in and out of the mountain, and is hard on the legs but, great when you reach the campsite, all the other groups were fed and starting there dinners, we had just had breakfast, so we all had lunch, then a nap then dinner, we went to bed tired out and feeling cold, it was bloody freezing, the harsh rain did not help.  I was sooooooooo glad that bloody day was over, only one more climb and then its all down hill...

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Us all at the top of the peak.
Us all at the top of the peak.
Dead woman pass
Dead woman pass
Liz climbs up to Dead Woman pass!!…
Liz climbs up to Dead Woman pass!…
Such a view!!! good campsite aye, …
Such a view!!! good campsite aye,…
The start of the descent down, 2ho…
The start of the descent down, 2h…
Dead woman pass!!! my everest!! th…
Dead woman pass!!! my everest!! t…
View from the descent down, all in…
View from the descent down, all i…
View from the tents amazing or what
View from the tents amazing or what
Our tents...
Our tents...
dead womans pass, by far the harde…
dead womans pass, by far the hard…
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