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  • Fly to: Almaty Kazakhstan

  • Internal Transfer: Almaty (Kazakhstan) to Karakol (Kyrgyzstan) in minibus (9hrs 30mins)

  • Karakol, Kyrgyzstan - Inylchek (9hrs) in an Ex-Soviet off road Military Truck

  • Ex-Soviet military helicopter flight up the Inylchek glacier (35mins)

  • Visa required: Yes if British for both Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

  • Currency:Tenge (Kazakhstan) & Som (Kyrgyzstan)

  • Time Zone:+6hrs GMT

  • Journal:Click here

Day 9, 27/07/08: Tien Shan

Up at 7:00am to devour a lovely hot muesli breakfast with peaches & fried bread; probably the first morning I haven't woken up with a headache - sure it's because I'm now 100% comfortable with the nature of the task I'm just about to embark on. Can't wait, really ready for this & whatever it throws up.

After breakfast we sorted out the necessary gear we would be taking for tomorrow's camp 1 drop; basically 2 x 3man tents, 2 stoves, pot sets & loads of food including a large proportion of the 320 chocolate bars. We also had to take our basic daily kit which consisted of:

  • Down jacket
  • Extra hat
  • Spare gloves
  • Spare glasses/goggles
  • Head torch
  • Personal 1st aid kit

Today had been pretty cloudy with some snow showers, so I helped a compadre make anti-balling plates for her crampons using...yep you've guessed! Bets are now being taken in our 'Toilet Jenga!' Basically since the glacier has started to melt the pinnacles that the toilet's balancing on are getting weaker & weaker, whilst the poo tower below is getting taller & taller; scary sh*t...quite literally...the question is who's going be in the tarp booth when it collapses?!