Welp, the trip to Lake Monowai kicked my ass. I'm still mentally and physically exhausted after two days of rest. Our group of four battled wind, rain, snow, sandflies, blisters, scratches, scrapes, bumps, bruises, falls into rivers, slips in muck and even a night sleeping on the side of a mountain. I had my own personal issues like hamstring tendonitis at the outset, hypothermia and a little issue with dehydration.
Anything I write beyond that description will only sound exaggerated (as if it doesn't already!). So, until I can figure out how to sum up the experience, I'll leave you with a picture - this one is definitely worth a thousand words.