Today, everyone started climbing toward the peak of the Blue Mountains at 12 am. We were all energized, especially Tavoy, my host brother, and really anxious to see the sun rise. At first everyone was going at the same pace, but as soon as the trail started to get very steep and rocky, we separated into a slow group and a fast group. I was a part of the slow group and we had fun and we told lots of jokes and we had a lot of stops, but it was all worth it. While climbing up the mountain Robin did not feel well. She was feeling lightheaded and she decided to stop and go back. I was really proud of her.
As we kept going up the mountain, the trip got harder even though some people were very fast, but we each worked together to prevent anything bad from happening. I was getting a little bit lightheaded and I regret not telling anyone about it until I was actually at the point of almost passing out. While climbing somebody slipped and some were exhausted, but everyone got through it until the very top of the mountain. Even though we did not get to see the sun rise because it was too cold, we each accomplished a goal of climbing a mountain and coming down was not as bad as climbing up. I would not regret any part of this because it was such a great experience. While coming down we bought some drinks from a local store and we were all in pain but at least we pushed ourselves to the limit of a 10 hour hike on a rocky mountain.