First of all I had to get up at 3:30am! It was -12°C at Daramsala because we were 4600m above sea level. We had to get up early because wicked winds whip and race around valleys bringing unexpected storms. To be able to do this you have to have a strong positive mental mindset believing that you can do this. We set off at 5 o’clock with our head torches at the ready. I couldn’t feel my toes it was so cold. We had porridge for breakfast to keep us going for the day.
It felt that the cold was taunting me, ruffling into my clothes and through my hair. Eventually after what seemed like an eternity, the cold dissipated. The sun’s rays blazed and sliced through the crisp cold air, heating everything. The cold had chilled me to the bone, but the sun warmed me up.
We had a quick break and sat there enjoying th sun for the first time in 2.5 hours. Since waking up.
We forged on towards our goal – the Pass – and I skidded to halt when I saw a steep slope go down to a lake half frozen and half rippling. I tried to throw some rocks down there but failed. Just as we were passing the danger zone, I heard this tumbling sound. I whipped around to see mum surrounded in a cloud of dust. I let a sigh of relief when I realised that she was safe. After many more energy draining hours I could see the pass…. or so I thought.
I raced towards it, ignoring Holly panting “slow down!” I got to the top only to find that it wasn’t the pass. Another hour passed and finally Chhewang said at the top of this hill is the pass. I bounded up it with Holly at my side, earnest gleaming in her eyes.
When I got there, it felt like a weight of the sky had been lifted from my shoulders. I felt like I had accomplished the biggest thing in the world, because I was at 5106m!
Ps. Due tech troubles, photos will have to wait!
(Ms Morris – this is for Xavier`s olden days study for class)
If I was a little boy in machu picchu i would sleep on animal skin and for light we would make a fire. For food i would eat animals like llamas, rabbits and guinea pigs. I could play in the tunnels.
i would pray to gods at the temple of 3 windows and the temple of the condor.
I could hike up the wayanapicchu mountan to look out for enemies.
If I went to another town I would have to walk along a hand made path across a cliff. The path has a huge drop off, way, way down. On the path is the inca bridge. the inca bridge is made for any other enemies coming to defeat us. We would lift up the bridge and the enemies couldnt get across it because there was a big rock down below and if they went down they would get stuck there forever.
I could walk up to the observatory. The rock was carved to face the sun. there was some terracing that we grew our crops on. in one of the walls there was a rock carved that had 32 sides to fit like a jigsaw.
in the walls of my house there were sticky out rocks that we can tie our roof on with. for the roofs we use leaves and grass. For windows and for doors we use animal skins on cold nights. The toilets are just holes in the ground that you poo and wee in.
For fun in one of the ruins, there is a cave that I can have fun in.
On the sides of their paths there were lots of mini aqueducts. One of them came out and made lots of waterfalls.
in the walls next to the path there is a sticking out piece of rock that we put fire on to light up the path so we could see where we are going.
I would eat some types of plants and there were holes in the rocks that we use to put the plants and animals in to grind them up with rocks.
Today we went to two thermal baths.
😀. At the first bath there were these bugs that lived on the algae. When they bite you they itch you. At the first one before we went into the thermal bath there was a lake covered in ice. We broke into the ice and we threw the ice on the lake. Overnight when we were camping it was like about -10degreesC. In the tent my drink bottle froze.
We then packed up and drove to the next thermal bath. It was awesome. The feel of the water was really nice. It was really nice and warm. It was heated by the super hot water under the ground. It then bubbled out to the thermal bath.
It was Holly’s fourth birthday when we went to the thermal baths. We got her a my little pony and her name was princess Cadence.
We went to see an observatory.(it was awesome). It is a big telescope that looks at stars. At the end of the tour we bought some stickers.
We also went to a mini observatory at night. We looked at Jupiter, and lots of stars. I could see the Milky Way and the Southern Cross. We also saw two shooting stars or meteors.
We were camping in the middle of nowhere in a national park(it was a volcano national park).
We climed a volcano on Bens birthday. When we climed the volcano it was hard.
When we were camping in the middle of nowhere we saw two scorpions and we also saw cactii.
I climbed a volcano!!!!
We went on a huge walk to a volcano called Chaiten. On the way to the top of the volcano there was bad weather! At the top of the volcano it was scary because it was windy and cold and because it was really steep, there was a huge drop off on both sides. At the top of the volcano we had to turn back because it was too windy and cold and it was raining very heavily and there was some hail. There were these tiny creeks going down where we needed to go to the bottom of the volcano. I walked in them and my shoes were wet.
When the volcano bubbled lava out it hit the beautiful dome of the volcano.
In April, 2008, the earth quakes stated to wobble the volcano Chaiten. On May 2nd, 2008 volcano Chaiten did a huge eruption. It covered the whole town of Chaiten in ash. Everyone was evacuated before the ash hit the town. No one died.
The glacier Perito Mereno was awesome we used our own super powers to make a chunk of ice fall and It worked (it was loud!) 5km wide 60m high that’s how high Perito Mereno is.
A glacier is a really long bit of snow and ice. Sometimes they can be on water but most of the time they are in mountains. When it snows, the snow goes onto the top of the glacier and pushes the rest of the snow down the mountain. It sounds like thunder when the glacier goes down the mountain.
It was so cold today.