Saturday - Suhhota 05.08.06
Awake at 3.30 am! We had our breakfast then got the snow machine to the bottom of the pastukhov rocks, then we set off walking. It was still dark so we had our head torches on. It wasn't all that cold but we were wrapped up well! We saw the sun rise, the sky was beautiful, but we were to busy walking to take pictures of it! We firstly came up through the rocks, then up to a path which ran along the side of the smaller peak. This path was quite narrow with a big drop down on one side so we had to be very careful. it was up hill all the time with no break. Then we came around the side of the mountain and had a little less of a climb into the col, this is a flattish space between the two peaks. Here we had a little rest and got a drink. The sun was really getting hot so we didn't sit for long. From here it was another 2 hours to the summit. After our rest we had another steep dangerous climb. We were all really tired by now and getting hotter and hotter! The next section was through more rocks, there were lots of people going up and down and there was almost a traffic jam! We sat on the rocks for a few minutes trying to get enough energy to go on! i've never felt so tired as I did then! But somehow we managed to struggle on. After the rocks we had another steep narrow bit to get along. It was quite scary but I had the team with me to help me. At last we got onto a safer path, it was still steep but it was a wide area. Then we got our first view of the very summit! I nearly ran to it I was so happy to see it! We got to the summit at 12am. We all had our photos taken with our Irish flag. It was amazing to be so high up again, right at the roof of Europe! There were big groups heading for the summit after us so we left it and began to make our way down. We were so tired it took us a long time to get down and a lot of sliding! I tried sliding on my bum to save my legs but the snow was too soft and just matted up my fur! Eventually we got back to the huts, very tired, hot and thirsty. We all had a nap then got up for dinner around 8pm, we didn't really feel like eating but we had to get our strength back up. Straight after dinner we collapsed into bed again! Vnizu meaning down.