At this point I cant tell what happened on which day because time sort of stopped while we were hiking. We werent fast hikers by any means but Vidal was crazily patient. never said anything negative or critical even when we stopped just to breathe [altitude getting harder to bear] about every 20 minutes. In fact at a certain point he just carried my buddy's daypack because he felt like she could use some help. He was amazing. I think on the 2nd day after we woke up at 7 for breakfast and tea we didnt quite know what we were in for. It felt like and almost vertical ascent for 4 hours through soft dirt [sometimes muddy as evidenced by my clay covered boots and pants]. We all rated the morning very high just because it was such an accomplishment to get to the hightest point of the day. we stopped for a snack with a view of endless mountain range and glacier views.
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