Inca Trail Day 2 - a HUGE challenge
Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
70Trip End Jan 03, 2009
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We hiked another 10 or 11 km which doesnīt sound like much, but it was almost all uphill! We started out at 3100m above sea level, and hiked up to Dead Womanīs Pass at 4215m! Thatīs over 1100m up in one day! From the pass, we then hiked downhill to our camp at 3500m.
The first 5 hours of the hike was uphill, some of it gradual slope, but most of it steep, uneven stone steps. The higher I climbed, the harder it was to breathe, and my legs felt like lead, so that each step was an effort. My walking stick was a godsend. It feels so strange to be affected by altitude, where things you can do easily at sea level become ridiculously hard
I was literally taking one step every couple of seconds, but eventually I made it, and as soon as I got to the summit, I felt 100% better. It was freezing cold up there, but the views were spectacular.
Coming down was much more enjoyable - easier to breathe, but much harder on the legs. Again my trusty walking stick provided some much needed support. By the time I staggered into camp, my legs were shaking like crazy!