one small step for man....one biiiig mountain for Ian
14/05/2008 - 15/05/2008 -10 °C
When we got back from Rurrenabaque, Ian ran off to the travel agents to book a mountain climbing trip. he managed to get booked onto one leaving the next morning, to climb Huayna Potosi, a mountain a few hours away from from La Paz which is 6088m high!
So off we went to buy him some more socks (he couldnt do this one in his flip flops, however much he'd like to.....), fleece, general warm stuff to wear, because it is COLD up there....
he left at 9am the next morning, and off they went in the jeep (which broke down halfway) to the base camp which is at 5130m.
there they spent a freezing night in a cabin, but had to get up at 2am to start the climb itself to the top. Unfortunately because we'd been back in La Paz for less than 24 hours before he left for the trip, he hadn't acclimatised properly to the altitude, and so even though he was taking altitude tablets he just wasn't acclimatising, so it was one of the hardest things he's ever done! hard to climb when you cant breathe!
He says he's never been so cold in his life, it was two days of hell but also an amazing adventure! you can see from the photos that there were some fantastic sights, and it certainly looks like a once-in-a-lifetime experience! next stop....everest! only 200 metres higher!