Day 8:As we were near enough to back on schedule by now Reg didn't set revaly this morning & we go up & packed up as we pleased although we were all ready to go by 7.30 – 8am.
We had one more 3/4 day hike tomorrow; & a full day today to get us up to mount Tambu. There was no chance of getting any closer to where Blue was wounded as we’d been way to slow. I was a tad frustrated, but realized that without Kez & Dad (they were moving slower than the rest of us being ill) the trip wouldn't have gotten off the ground & that we’d done the best we could do as a group.
Farewelled the village & children & made our way further up the river til around 2.30pm crisscrossing as we went. Boots & feet water logged the whole day, but OK. At least they were cool!
Magnificent scenery & most crossings much easier than the previous day, although we now had larger rocks to climb up & over along the side of the river in-between crossings. K was over the rocks by 10am.
track to Mt Tambu, Dave said lets go & took off up it!
Paul did not understand Dave’s sense of humor & struggled greatly to communicate with him that this was not a good idea. John was very unhappy about the unscheduled & un-communicated change of plan & took Dad back down the track to where we’d stopped for a brief smoko. Paul felt he had to go on with Dave (being the owner of the company) & had reluctantly done so. Reg decided we should now stop here for lunch while Kerry went to retrieve Dave.
While the boys made a fire & put the pot on to boil, PB decided it would be a good opportunity to wash his shirt out in the river. I decided to join him & having a proper sports crop on whipped of my shirt & got washing!!! I poured wilderness wash all over me & pretty much had a bath while doing my laundry in the river including shampooing my hair. No point putting a dirty cap back on so that got a wash which Dad decided was a good idea & I gave his the once over too. Reg followed suit & washed out his shirt as well.
The rain started when we left the river not long after lunch to climb towards the side of Mount Tambu. We stopped briefly under a metal structure where Reg had planned on pointing out where Blue had been wounded but we couldn't see a thing due to the rain & cloud cover & considered our options.
We had planned on climbing Tambu that afternoon while Dad, K & the majority of the porters went ahead to Komiatum where we’d planned to stay the night. Considering the conditions & the fact that we wouldn't be able to see anything from the top Kerry suggested we stop an hour ahead at new Camp (Daniel’s) for the night & attempt Tambu in the morning. Plus it would be another 3 – 4 hours to Komiatum for the slowest team members on a steep downhill which would be very slippery & difficult going in this heavy rain. And the reason we’d come on the trip was about to climax with being so close to where Blue was wounded, that we should give ourselves the best possible opportunity to see the most we could, with Kerry confident the weather would be clear in the morning.
We waited 15 minutes hoping the rain would stop – Ha Ha – it eased a bit & we took off, but then it just got heavier & heavier! Made it to Daniels soaked through & I was starting to get cold like some of the boys – they laughed at me shivering like them!!!