Inca Trail Day 2 - Dead woman at Dead Woman´s Pass
Trip Start Sep 17, 2007
273Trip End Oct 08, 2008
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We had the option of hiring an extra porter to carry our bags for this day. Erin decided not to do this. A mix of stubborness and pride perhaps. But she was going to make it up that hill. Surprisingly, there was no rain again today, and it looked to be another beautiful day. Being in the rainy season and all, we got really lucky yet again. The question was really how long the rain would hold off.
It is tradition on the trail to be served coca tea first thing in the morning in your tent
Manuel stays behind us and tries not to catch up as we resume towards the second resting point. About here we reach the stone stairs, which make everything a little harder. Erin does not like stairs
We reach the second resting point in about an hour an 20 minutes. The only thing remaining is the pass. We can look down and see the campsite were we started in the morning. It looks very far away. We continue onwards.
It was a pretty hard uphill slog. Itīs made even worse by the fact that thereīs a false summit, so what you think is the top really isnīt. When we reached this point we could finally see the little dots standing at the pass a little higher up. Erin thought the dots looked very far away. But she keeps on going.
We staggered up the last few steps and finally stood at the pass around noon. Five and a half hours with a backpack. Erin had every right to be proud. But not too much energy. We still had to go down. We didnīt stay at the pass very long. Manuel had a sense of how far behind we were and didnīt want us to come in too late. So we enjoyed the view for a little while, had a snack, took some pictures, and then moved on.
Now a big staircase led down from the pass to the bottom of the valley
Lunch involved a smelly piece of chicken that no one wanted to eat. I thought it was good. And some hot jelly made from chicha morada (the bubble-gum stuff). We took a much needed nap in the tent before happy hour at 5. They made popcorn for us, and we had hot chocolate and cookies. It was pretty nice. The group of us played a rowdy game of cards until dinner, a rice stir-fry.
Then an early bed-time. We had survived Dead Womanīs Pass.