I was told that the summit would take us 6 to 8 hours so needless to say I was full of confidence and so we pushed on along the ridge and began the long ascent up to the top of the world.
The climb to the ridge had been pretty steep with a few short sections requiring some rock climbing, but this part was simply a long slog up varying gradients on snow that was intermittently deep and compact or brittle ice that required use of ropes and axes. I followed my guides pace but quickly found myself needing to stop and catch my breath or simply rest. The confidence I had felt quickly began to vanish. This was going to be a struggle after all. [more]