Day 15: Three-Day Hike Day 2: XiaoHuaDianBa
Waking up at 9, feeling all warm and cozy after yesterday's hike. Hmm that feeling was what I was hoping for when we camped on a valley on Saturday night.
Saturday morning after a lavish breakfast of noodles and vegetables, we dried our sleet-soaked clothing and discussed whether we should hike to XiaoHuaDianBa or to head home. This discussion quickly turned into a debate, as do all our discussions here do. Six people wanted to go back to YZR, willing to hike for 6-7 hours back, while eight people wanted to hike to XiaoHuaDianBa, and two abstaining from voting. At first I was part of the group that wanted to head home. I was all out from the hike to the farmhouse and I didn't think I could go any further. But after deep contemplation, I drew to a conclusion in which I would hike to XiaoHuaDianBa. I made this decision because I realized that I already made it this far- being 2900 meters above sea level (according to YiFei). What point is there to hike so far just to return back? I felt that since we are already here, why not just finish this. The mule guy said, "There is no point in going to DaHuaDianBa, if you aren't going to go to XiaoHuaDianBa too." Such wise words from that guy.
We debated for a few minutes longer, then drew to a conclusion in which we would hike to XiaoHuaDianBa indeed. A few minutes into the hike, I realized that this was way harder than Friday's hike. Friday was just a long slow incline, but Saturday was intense steep and all rocky terrain which increased the magnitude of the task. After 3 and a half hours of uphill hiking, we finally arrived to the stupendous, mind-blowing XiaoHuaDianBa. The monumental mountains looked like the vast mountains Bilbo and the other members of their journey had to climb. It was most remarkable. At this point we were 3200 feet above sea level and in every direction you turn, astonishing views of mountains envelop you.
I was the first to climb all the way up to the peak of one of the mountains there, then since I really needed to use the bathroom, I peed up there to claim "my mountain". I even said a speech and had an audience to witness. I said to Mark, "I hereby claim this mountain...you are now officially on Peyton Peak. Oh yeah." :D
Words are yet too plain to describe exactly what I felt and saw, but here I go trying to do so. I felt a gush of excitement and accomplishment, knowing that I made it all the way up there without complaining and such. What I saw was just spectacular, it was unlike any scenery or view I've ever seen.
to be continued