Ger Sledging and Slow Beasts of Burden
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Through the night a lady came into our tent and kept the fire going so that we wouldn't get too cold. I did have to get up at 1 to trudge over the 100m to the toilet and it wasn't that cold actually.
We went for breakfast just before 9 and half expecting yaks milk and some sort of sour bread, I was pleasantly surprised to get bread with butter and jam, plastic cheese (those processed slices wrapped in plastic that I just call plastic cheese!), fried eggs and round pieces of fried ham with tea and coffee.
We also found another group of people had arrived, about 9 of mixed nationality, including 2 guys who we met in moscow (the smelly ones if you recall
Steve's wisdom of the day.
Pole vaulting evolved from caber tossing...
After breakfast we took our sledges up a big hill, which was a hell of a walk and after yesterday's mountaineering expedition my legs felt pretty fatigued. I made it up though then set off head first down the hill on the sledge, it was SO much fun. We did a couple of runs then went back to our tent to dry off a bit. I put my gloves on some kindling sticks on the stove and after we cranked the fire up I saw them smoking and discovered that bits of my gloves had started to melt! Argh! No it's ok, it was just the edges, they are still fully functional!
We had lunch and then at 2 we set off to do some horse riding. The horses are really ponies, almost Shetland ponies they are so small. As some people may recall I used to ride horses at school (thumbs up mum and dad for letting me :) ) so I'm ok on the beasts with 4 legs. Well apart from the last horse I rode in Kenya, which was an ex racehorse and ALL it wanted to do was run
It was a pretty ride interspersed with a walk up yet another hill to a monastery, which was in a great location with a view down a valley, and you had to cross an Indiana jones style suspension bridge to get there. I was last, my poor legs have done more in the last 2 days than in the last 2 years. It had some interesting paintings on the beams of people being tortured in hell I think. Will put up a picture.
We spent 3 hours out and finished up at turtle rock. I'm not sure if it looked like a turtle, but it was big.
I was freezing in the bus, and hungry, and quite worn out. When I get back to the tent I'm going to curl up in my bed.
Steve and bata decided to climb the rock so were waiting for them to get back.
The fatigue has set in. Legs knackered achy arms, achy stomach muscles. I need a holiday!
We went back rested for half an hour and then had a cooking lesson. Well, they'd made the dough, and the filling so all it was was us rolling out the dough flat and putting the filling in it an then pinching up the edges to make a dumpling. They then disappeared into the kitchen we're not allowed to see and came back fried.
Had dinner at 7, some fried dumplings and a Mongolian BBQ. Then at 8 I couldn't take anymore- I was broken, and went to bed.
Best thing - sledging
Worst thing - the total fatigue that has overcome me
Most beautiful - The view from the Monsatary