Day 5, June 7th, 2012: High
Camp to Lenz Rocks Acclimatization Hike
And up we go!
Today started beautifully. Clear blue skies, not a cloud in
sight. In fact, it was our third such day. Today’s agenda: climb up to the
black rocks that appear (falsely) to be near the summit of the mountain. In
fact, it is only a climb of 800 vertical meters (3,800m to 4,600m). It wasn’t
so bad actually…long, but pretty and uneventful. I listened to my iPod the
whole time and it seemed to pass pretty quickly. I was so absorbed in climbing
and listening to my music that I didn’t notice when white clouds began to fill
up the sky. It wasn’t until we were resting up at Lenz Rocks that I noticed a
wave of cloud and fog rolling towards us. Andrey, our guide, warned us to move
away from the actual rocks, as they attract lighting in electrical storms. That
kind of freaked me out. I hadn’t really ever thought about what one might do
when caught in an electrical storm on a mountain. We hurriedly finished the
rest of our snack and descended in record time, making it back to base camp in
an hour (it had taken us four to get up there…).
Bad weather = warm clothes... this was actually the only time I wore my parka all expedition!