Team Kilimanjaro Update

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 tomorrow!'

From Left to Right: Conor Reeves, Lee Cowcher, David Eseyre, Chris Dean and Paul Bradford.

 Kili Team arrive

4th April - MACHAME CAMP 3000M (4-6 hours trekking)

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'.

 Kili Day 1

5th April - SHIRA CAMP 3840M (9-11 hours trekking)

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 Camp. 

6th April - BARRANCO CAMP 3972M (6-7 hours trekking)

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 changing altitude.

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. 

Kili Day 3

 

7th April - KARANGA CAMP 4002M (5-6 hours trekking)

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!

Kili April 7th

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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Written by Stuart Turner at 10:00

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