We have turned aside after a long day of ascents back and forth across the face of the highest mountain in the area. Definitely our last choice for a way out of the valley.
We turned aside because the way ahead is choked with snow and ice. And Tomas judged it to be too hazardous. Instead he thinks a nearby cavern will lead to a passage that will take us to where we want to go.
So, we made camp inside the mouth of the cavern while he chases down the flutter of air coming from somewhere further on.
Mei begged to be allowed to accompany him, arguing forcefully that no one should undertake this particular task alone.