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Two Many Rivers to Cross

By Phil on 2015.08.30 In Iceland

Note: This was meant to be posted yesterday but had no signal. Today’s post to follow soon…

Last night was horrendously windy, though slept ok on and off. Luckily everyone’s tents survived the strong winds.  

  
By the time we sat for breakfast the wind had stopped and the sun was shining. By far the best days weather of the trek. Joe was regretting not bringing his legendary short shorts which he usually wears on our summer hiking adventures, still he was happy with his zip offs and still managed to show his legs off to the young ladies.

  
Charlie, Stefan, Archie and Angus had another film shoot around the lake they had to do before setting off, which no doubt will be like a scene from Baywatch knowing these lads.
I assembled my group of Beardy Trekkers, Anna and Steve and set off to our next camp. Today was the leg of trek with two river crossings which required switching to water shoes and walk across the strong and above knee height deep rivers.

  
The first river crossing was around 2km into the trek and my group all managed fairly easily. We decided to hang around for Charlie and the others to catch up, though the main reason is that we wanted to see how many would fall in while crossing. It was like watching a penalty shoot out and guessing who would fall and who wouldn’t, unfortunately for us they all managed quite well so we headed off to the next one.

  
We then stopped off at a hut for a toilet stop and to wait for the rest to catch up. While we waited Anna and one of the other girls decided to setup a hair salon and started platting each other’s hair. Joe was wondering if they did facials. Once Anna had finished her appointments it was time to crack on.    

The next river crossing was a lot hard and twice as cold as the first one and was also a lot more comical watching Charlie and Stefan helping the others across.

  
After all surviving the first two river crossings it was full steam ahead across a very barren and dusty landscape with more lush green mountains and glaciers in the distance before stopping for lunch at a massive waterfall.

    
The rest of the afternoon was a long hard slog across dusty tracks and black volcanic ash. Quite a change from the scenery we experienced in the morning.  

   
 We finally arrived at our next camp site at Emstrur and another night of pitching our tents on black ash.

  
We have just heard from the rest of the group who have just arrived that one of the girls has really damaged her leg, possibly broken and that Charlie and Stefan have had to arrange transport for her. We are hoping she will be ok and be ok to join our hot spring after party.

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

I plan to use this blog to write about all my adventures, which will include my personal goal of becoming a Munroist (completing all 282 Scottish Munro mountains), summer treks, weekends in the Lakes and many more.

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