I have to admit that the Rinj was a real bitch. G-G-Grueling. Of course, I was a touch under the weather......again. Why must it be so? I want one week of standard health. Is that so much to ask? I don't think it is.
And I was plagued with a rather annoying bout of fatigue. That made the majority of the trip a real struggle. It felt exactly like hiking at higher altitudes, say above 10,000 feet where very step requires concentrated effort. It sucks. The problem is this was happening well below my usual threshold. In fact, I should not have felt it all on this mountain, except perhaps at the very top. But no. From the beginning I was ascending at a snail’s pace which, if I may be a bit immodest, is not the norm for me. If that was not enough much of the trail is covered with loose sand/pebbles making the ascent akin to walking up a sand dune. My ass hath been kicketh.