Anyway being a good sport I saddled up. Amanda, myself, our porter, Lim and our guide, Full hit the trail, with poor old Lim carrying all our food, cooking gear, tents, sleeping bags, bed rolls, axes, water etc, etc, on a bamboo pole.
The day started off pleasant enough walking through the jungle lunching in the shade and taking in the wild life.
However things did not remain this way for long as we had to get from 600m to camp 1 at 2,641m by dark – 9kms uphill. Our porter, Lim disappeared into the clouds ahead as Full told us stories of a large ape that was rumoured to live in the forest eating humans after dark. Giddy up.
Lim who had set up our tents and had water on the boil for coffee or tea greeted us at camp 1. After spending 3 years of temps above 25 degrees the 15 was a shock to the system.