My second date with Donna

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It was Boxing Day & may wife asked me to drive her & some friends up to Warburton. I wanted another crack at the beast, and looked forward to it. It was an overcast day, but not that cold.  I learned from my last experience and brought some food, and a couple of extra clothes with me this time regardless of the conditions.

My second date with Donna

The climb up to cement creek was nowhere near as hard as the first time. After Cement Creek I hit the cloud cover.  De ja vu as it started to drizzle on me, and I was getting wet. At the time, I stayed nice and warm as was really pushing hard.  Cutting a lot of time off my PB with an hour & 7 minutes up Mount D (13 minutes off my previous attempt). I noticed that there was a picnic ground at the top next to the lookout tower.

Kicking myself for not knowing this the last time I came up here & froze to death.

I considered heading straight down, but decided to stop in the shelter to get the extra clothes on & eat. As soon as I entered I started to shake, and I thought oh, oh. I quickly chucked on the top I brought, arm warmers & a beanie, but could not stave off the shaking. I ate what I could.  Moving around the shelter a lot for about 10-15 minutes until I was able to stop shaking. How I wished I had brought more clothing.

My second date with Donna

The descent was freezing. I learned from my previous experience.  Keeping the legs turning and focused inwards and concentrated solely on the corners. I ignored my wet shoes, my hands going numb, my teeth chattering, that feeling of old water spraying all up my backside. The descent was not pleasant, but at least I had the experience to know that I’ve been through worse and survived.

Two from two efforts on Donna killed my spirits.  This has been the start of a hate, hate relationship that I’ve had with her. Of the 11 times I’ve climbed Donna, 10 of these have been under adverse circumstances. I do have a wish to do a sub hour ascent on Donna at one stage.  It’s far too far to drive just for me to justify a PB.  If I give it everything I know I won’t have much energy left after to do anything else. I will return.

Maybe even come back and Everest it one day……

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