Met the mulemen we had hired in the village of Narian (2350 m) on June 9. Left the village at 7 a.m. The mulemen carried our loads to an elevation of 3575 m where it became too steep for the mules. We then had to carry our own very heavy backpacks (supplies for 7 days) up the steep alopes to the 3820 m saddle where we overnight camped. Reached the saddle at 3:20 p.m. Climbed Zarrin Kooh the next day. Haze spoiled the view.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."