My headache was just getting worse for every hundred meter we "climbed" (the beginning wasn't steep at all today). I wanted to save my painkillers for later, because I really wanted to summit the last night, and I wouldn't let a "little" headache stop me from doing it. So I skipped the painkillers and just concentrated on my breathing because the headache got a bit better if I breathed heavy and a bit faster than I usually would. I compared it to the breathing you do when you are giving birth (not that I have experienced that, but anyway) but Robin thought it was a bad metaphore.
Robin above the clouds on our way up.
We continued on with some short stops to get water and put on/off jacket. Now we started to see the last climb upp to Lava Tower which was steeper than the rest of our walk today. When we came to the foot of the slope we passed another couple sitting and having a break. I didn't look at them much, I was just focused on my own feet and preparing myself mentaly to climb the last part before we would stop for lunch on the top. I started to feel a bit dizzy and heavy headed and when we had walked about half the slope I was looking at Robin who looked just as tired as I felt and I started to giggle, because the whole situation was so ridicoulus! But I couldn't giggle because the headache was pounding so I had to sit down on a rock for some rest.
- I just feel like crying! I said to Robin. My head is a pain in the a**!!
- Did you see that girl that we passed? She was crying, this is just crazy! Robin replied, and at the same moment he said that, something just let go inside of me. If she could cry, I could cry too! And the tears came under my sunglasses and made black stripes on my dirty cheeks. I cried and laughed alternetly for a while before I thought the headache was going to make my head explode and I stopped and we continued the last hundred meters to Lava Tower.
If Lava towers could laugh, this one would have. At us.
We were sitting eating our lunch for about an hour and afterwards my head felt better and we continued down to Barranco camp, 3980m, where we would sleep tonight. We had some rest before we ate dinner, and I decided to take some painkillers tonight just to get a good nights sleep, and it helped a lot! Tomorrow would start with the Barranco wall, or the Breakfast wall (because the breakfast usually comes up while climbing it), but we had no energy to think about that, it had to be a problem for later.
We were playing cards with our guides after dinner. Here's the rest of our awsome team. They are true supermans!
Our little campsite
Robin and beautiful Barranco camp.
Taking down the tent. Next stop is Karanga camp!