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May 21, 2009 - Climbing the Thorong La Pass

Our preparations for climbing to the Thorong La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit at 5,400 didn't start well. On our acclimatisation walk up the hill, following the same route we would take to the pass, I quit about 150m up, the path was so steep that my calves were cramping beyond belief and I was freezing to boot. I was seriously worried about the next day, as we were going to climb 1000m in altitude, six times more than I'd climbed today, and then descend 1.6km, more than 10 times my walk this afternoon. We'd also be...

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