Thursday 18 Oct
Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Roraima Day 2
Woke up at 7am and set off at 8. Today was going to be about the same distance as yesterday but all uphill. We hit our first obstacle immediately when we had to cross the river next to the camp. The rocks were really slippy so we were told to keep our socks on to prevent slipping… it was a bit nerve wracking as we were carrying out sleeping bags, cameras etc so if we slipped it would have been a bit of a disaster. Luckily everyone made it across ok. Many people apparently fall in but generally only when they ignore the advice of the tour guide and don't wear socks. The hot weather made they day much harder than the first as we climbed about a 1000m over the 5 hour walk. Once again great views and the odd swimming spot. The 2nd river crossing was even more hairy and we had to cross practically on all fours using bolders in the water to help us across. The nights camp was very close to the base of Roraima and had amazing views of the mountains. Dinner was early and was a great spag bol (best meal of the trip) which we knew that we would need to have the energy for tomorrow climb of 1100m to the top. Most of us had been eaten alive by the mosquitoes by this time so we were looking forward to the promise of no mossies at the top!!.
The bath for this evening was also a small stream and from the feel of the water it couldn't have seen much sunlight in its life as it was damn freezing. Washing involved dunking yourself in and out as quickly as possible - Lathering up standing on a rock shivering and then jumping back in before you body parts started to go numb. It was very amusing the others go through this process but not so amusing doing it yourself!!