Hike duration: 4 hours
Temperature: -5 degrees Celsius
Word that captures the day:
I thought yesterday was hard and cold. It was. But it was nothing compared to today. This was by far the hardest day yet.
We continued our ascent, crossing the alpine desert. Sound remote and freezing? It is. The terrain was similar to yesterday - loose rocks and nothing green in sight - but today we encountered snow! It wasn't much of a factor, the snow, except as a reminder of what's about to come: the grueling summit attempt.