The boring stuff...
I'm English - I need to talk about the weather at some point...
and so it begins...
The next water crossing required a little more than just a crossing, being slightly longer, keeping the bank to the left, you just kept going along the river, some points hitting waist deep, other parts you nearly lost your shoes, and others just trying to find an easy way along without having to actually swim. Getting to the part where you actually had to cross the river, I had caught up with a guy from the Mens elite wave, and at the point he mentioned that he twisted his ankle, I went down like a tonne of bricks and twisted mine. Eeerrggghhh, so frustratingly annoying, especially so early on, but what do you do? Just keep going, its not like I was going to turn around and go back.
#7 was a Cargo net climb, then it was another river crossing. The current seemed to be moving really quickly, so you had to sink your feet in to ensure you weren't swept away. After that you had to navigate yourself up and over some stacked logs #8, another water crossing and then it was back to the main arena, and the first obstacle you hit here is the #9 Castle, I have no idea how high it was, and didnt really want to think about it. I was already a little anxious because what Matt W was saying about it the day before. At no point until then was I anxious, but you just had to blank it out and climb. Just saying, it was seriously high.
Next up with the #11 Destroyer (NB #10 removed), I wasn't really looking forward to this one, as I really didnt know how I was going to get over it, thankfully they did add an additional steps, otherwise I wasn't entirely sure I would have got up and over (it would have fine if you could do a muscle up).
At this stage I wasn't even sure how long I had been on course, or how far I had come, I was just so happy to get over the obstacles that were haunting my dreams. I think the adrenalin started to warm me up, so I had given my gloves to Dave, and unfortunately soon regretted it, as the adrenalin left my body and I started to feel the cold again. Not much I could do about it at this stage.
We had already come across the miniature version of these, and now it was for the bad ass #45 Pinnacle Hill. The pictures really didnt do it any justice, in person it seemed for like a cliff face and then a hill. At least you had the rope for support tho get you to the top. I didnt actually look down, but it would have even interesting to do so. The hardest part would have been to try and work out how you get up and over the top, as there was a slight overhang, so I found it easier to change lanes to get over.