Wondering what it is like to be dropped off at the starting point of a 10-day trek toward the base camp of Annapurna South (8,000-meter peak) having not gone on an overnight hike since the age of 12 twenty years earlier? I was too. I quickly learned why you don't want to leave later than scheduled if you can avoid it – rain and hail. The kind of iceball deluge that will have you jumping out of your shoes in pain as you are pelted from the heavens.
Day 1 – Shelter From the Storm records my initial observations from wildlife to having all my clothes and sneakers completely soaked on the very first day!