I slept soundly that night. But woke up to the harsh shrill of the alarm at 1 a.m. I was up and ready by 2.
Have breakfast - check.
Carry lunch - check.
Trek pole, sunglasses, day-pack - check, check, check.
But, omens, I tell you.
"Sabne micro-spikes le liye?" Has everyone carried their micro-spikes?
Damn. Missed it. Ran back to the tent. Yanked my glove off in the open tent and dug through my bag. Yes, found the micro-spikes. Check.
We trudged through the darkness with only the light from our headlamps for direction. The first light threw up many more surprises than we could have hoped for.