We're delighted to report on the 3rd April the team
arrived safely in Tanzania via Nairobi and reported
'idyllic hotel setting, having a beer before we set off
From Left to Right: Conor Reeves, Lee Cowcher,
David Eseyre, Chris Dean and Paul Bradford.
4th April - MACHAME CAMP 3000M (4-6
After a good breakfast we transfer by road to
the Kilimanjaro National Park and the Machame Gate. On arrival we
meet the rest of our team, including our guides, cooks and porters.
Our bags are weighed to ensure each is within the 15 kg limit.
Finally it is here - the moment we have all been waiting for! We
carry out some last minute checks before beginning our trek through
lush vegetation of the humid rainforest, the ascent is steady along
a path which can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often
wet and muddy underfoot. We have some short breaks en-route, before
reaching our camp in the afternoon.
The team commented 'Walked
11km over 6.5 hours at slow steady pace through forest and from
1200m to 3000m altitude. Great support crew and food. Trip doctor
is great. Spirits good'.
5th April - SHIRA CAMP 3840M (9-11 hours
This morning we begin our first full day
trekking, where we will gain over 700m in height. A slow and steady
ascent allows for our bodies to acclimatise to the higher altitude
as we cross the Shira plateau. Tonight we will sleep at Shira
6th April - BARRANCO CAMP 3972M (6-7
Today we trek east across beautiful barren moon
like landscape and around craters that scar the earth. We trek in
the shadow of mighty Kibo until reaching the Lava Tower where we
stop for some lunch, the highest point of the day at 4630m. This
afternoon we descend through the surrounding ravines, with their
wonderful micro climates and beautiful birdlife. We eventually
reach our camp late in the afternoon. This descent aids the
acclimatisation process and allows our bodies to adjust to the ever
The team sent the following photo and
have reported some altitude sickness but they are still going
strong 'Leaving Barranco camp to climb Barranco wall.
All good. Some altitude sickness. 3950m up to 4200m. Was 4600m at
the Lava Tower yesterday.
7th April - KARANGA CAMP 4002M (5-6
Our first challenge today is a climb and
scramble over the volcanic rock of the Barranco Wall. On reaching
the top, we have a well-earned snack break and enjoy fantastic
views over to Barafu and Mount Meru. We then head onwards to
Karanga Camp, through the Karanga Valley, where we enjoy an
afternoon acclimatisation walk followed by an early night!
The team will face their toughest challenge on the 9th
April when they are due to reach the summit. They will be woken
just after midnight and will face a staggering 12 - 15 hours trek.
Taking in the steepest and most demanding part of the route by
torch light...we will keep you updated.
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