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Dust in the wind


Monday, November 17
A moment between Muktinath and Marpha

It was downhill back to Kaghbeni, and we made good time. Once across the bridge, we got back on the rocky riverbed and trekked toward Jomosom. But this time, the wind was in our faces, and the gusts were not only cold, but also powerful.

The wind carried dust and sand, and the gusts would throw small pebbles in your face. I pulled my baseball cap down so the visor protected my eyes, and I wore a bandana across my nose and mouth. It was heads down all out trekking, poles and feet pushing us into the wind. We trekked in the form of a Tour de France pelaton, with Krishna first, me right behind, Rob behind me, and Andy behind him. The other two lagged behind with the heavy packs.

I noticed that Krishna always found the best available place for his footfalls, and I started putting my feet exactly where his had been. This helped, because the footing he chose was more flat and stable. We trekked for miles, hour after hour, against the wind, up the riverbed. Jomosom was in sight when we stopped to rest by some boulders that protected us from the wind somewhat. The other two caught up and we let them rest for a while before pushing on.

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