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Uhuru Peak

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  • Day7

    Version de Sonia:
    Notre quatrième étape: Karanga camp (4000 M) - Barafu hut (4673 M) / 2h10 de marche.

    Gero a le courage de se laver un peu ce matin! No comment me concernant ;)
    On discute ce matin avec David, un californien qui monte avec son fils et une équipe de 11 porteurs/guides/cuisinier. Chouette rencontre. Le fils parle français car la mère est française! Ils sont en forme tous les deux; en effet, ils prennent du Diamox contre le mal d'altitude ;)

    J'aime beaucoup la première partie: c'est une montée régulière et agréable. Je me sens très en forme. C'est une drôle d'atmosphère car on se retrouve à monter parmi de nombreux porteurs!! Ils sont vraiment impressionnants...

    On s'arrête très peu pour boire car on est en short et c'est un peu juste ce matin, il fait vite frais. En haut, on croise à nouveaux nos cops les Californiens. Suite à un peu de plat à nouveau et de la descente, ça remonte grave sec!! Mon rythme ralentit, Gero me sème avec William. Je reste concentrée sur mon rythme que je gère bien et Guiprong est à mes côtés.

    Puis, ça redevient moins pentu jusqu'au camp. Par contre, on est dans le purée de pois, ça caille et il commence même à neiger. A la cabane d'arrivée, on revoit Jean-Marc et Jean-Blaise. Je me sens un peu étourdie.
    Vite vite, on s'installe, on se couvre et on dort un peu. Vers 16h, on se fait un petit repas chaud, le soleil réapparait, ça change tout et la vue sur les alentours se dégage.

    Ce soir, c'est la vraie première fois où je me sens mal: j'ai mal à la tête, ça me rend KO et méga lente :( .... A suivre!

    Pour plus de détails et d'infos, RDV sur notre deuxième blog: www.myatlas.com/confettiEnVoyage

    Geros Version:
    Aufstieg zum Basecamp auf 4600m. Eine kurze Etappe von ca. 5km zu "Barafu huts". Nur die Höhe verändert alles. Wir fühlten uns fit und kamen nach unserer Morgenwäsche zügig voran. Beeindruckt waren wir immer wieder von den Trägern, die unheimliche Lasten in einem wahnsinnigen Tempo nach oben oder unten brachten. Stühle, Tische, mobile Toiletten, riesige alte Zelte mit schweren Zeltstangen, schwere Gaskartuschen ... alles wurde auf dem Rücken und Kopf kontrolliert transportiert. Wenn man sich das bewusst macht, ist doch die eigene Leistung den Berg mit eigenem Rucksack bestiegen zu haben sehr schnell relativiert. Die Träger lassen bei jedem camp ihr Gepäck wiegen und werden dann nach Kilo bezahlt. Es darf allerdings nicht 22kg übersteigen erzählten uns unsere guides. Eine Träger-Vereinigung (KPAP) hat vor Jahren dafür gesorgt, dass diese Grenze eingehalten wird und verhindert, dass Lasten bis zu 35kg getragen wurden.
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  • Day7

    Day 6 Summit Attempt

    Barafu camp (4600m) – Stella Point

    Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak

    Distance: Approximately 7 kilometer ascent

    Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

    Up at 23:30 for tea and biscuits. After 4:30 hours, we reached Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim.

  • Day7

    Barafu camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m)

    Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak

    Distance: Approximately 7 kilometer ascent

    Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

    Quick break .1.5 hours to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Summit at 0603.

  • Day7

    Day 6 Ascent : Uhuru Peak - Barafu camp

    Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Batavia camp (4600m)

    We started the walk down the glazier, the snow very quickly became slippery as the sun came through the clouds. After Stella Point we were back to the rocky road in between the icy islands.With-in half an hour it all converted into a slope of dusty volcanic ash which was a slippery as the skiing slope

    Started the climb at 00:00, summited at 06:03, back at Barack 1146Read more

  • Day4

    First day

    October 9, 2007 in Tanzania

    We were having breakfast at the hotel, when we noticed the peak of Kilimanjaro right out our window. It looks really big. Just a note to self. After breakfast, we loaded into a 6-wheel vehicle, with open bed, benches along each side, and canvas roof. We travelled west toward the Londorossi Gate, where we checked in with the ranger. We also had the pleasure of using a western toilet for the last time. Small things make a difference. Anyway, we drove a 4-wheel drive trail to get to the trailhead, where we unloaded and ate our lunch, as it took about 4-5 hours to get to this point. We hiked three hours in the rainforest to our first camp, Mte Mkubwa. Our tents were pitched and even the little portable toilet has its own little tent. I've got pictures. We had dinner, then we began a routine that would get more intense through the climb, we had about 10 questions to answer about our health: on a scale of 1-10 how do you feel? Vomiting? Diarrhea? Nausea? When was your last pee? When was your last bowel movement? (Did I mention everyone else in your party is sitting there at the same time you answer?) Coughing? Difficulty breathing? etc. Answering yes then began a whole new line of questioning. Before bed we were warned that we would hear the tree hyrax and columbus monkey before dawn....Read more

  • Day7

    Close Encounters

    October 12, 2007 in Tanzania

    Today was supposed to be shorter (3 hours) and somehow I equated that to easier. We climbed up from Shira camp, then it flattened for a while. We again climbed into the alpine desert and walked up to a ridge. This was the junction with the Machame route and the first time we had to share the trail with other climbers. The fog rolled in, and occasionally the sun would peek out. The terrain began to look like the moon's surface, with no vegetation. We finally got to Lava Tower, which looked like Devil's Tower in Wyoming. I was exhausted. We were at about 15K feet and it took a lot of effort to do just about anything. Much panting was done to get to the dining tent and back to our tent for sleep. While we sat around after dinner, we could hear the porters harmonizing and singing gospel in Swahili. Their voices were amazing, and I could even pick out a few hymns I knew from church. By tune only, as my Swahili is limited.Read more

  • Day9

    So close

    October 14, 2007 in Tanzania

    The peak of Kilimanjaro seemed so close this morning. It was a beautiful sight to awaken the tired soul of this hiker. It is getting cold in the mornings and harder to get out of bed, especially knowing we are walking all day and I have to tell some guy when I had my last poop. I digress. We hiked up today. Pretty much no descent whatsoever. We got into Barafu camp by lunch time, which was a nice change. I stripped in the warm tent and used a bunch of wipes to get the grime off my body. I haven't had a shower now for....a while. My feet are starting to stink no matter how clean the socks I put on them. I felt like I was going to a party when I was done; new underwear and clothes, yea. By the afternoon, the wind really started to whip through camp and it got really cold as the sun went down. Kim is not feeling particularly well. I wish I would have seen it, but the toilet tent blew over, leaving only the little porta potty sitting on the edge of this rock face. Kim said she just didn't care and sat right down on it in front of God and everyone. It was nice to laugh, despite the conditions.Read more

  • Day11

    Summit day

    October 16, 2007 in Tanzania

    We woke early and had breakfast. No one felt particularly well, but it didn't stop any of us. The hike was almost straight up on loose gravel and dirt for about 600 feet. It took over an hour to get to the ridge. We walked the ridge, past immense glaciers, to Uhuru Peak. Barbara and Nick arrived first, followed shortly by Kim and I. every one hugged and cried. It was very emotional and wonderful at the same time. We spent quite a bit of time taking photos. The views were incredible and it was hard to comprehend what we had just accomplished. With little oxygen, it all went by quickly. Barbara, Matt and I followed the first guide down, basically running down the mountain. Suddenly I had a lot of energy, knowing I would have relief by the end of the day. We reached Millennium camp in the afternoon. There is actually a ranger there that sells soda, beer and small souvenirs. Kim and I bought $3 cokes to celebrate our accomplishment and honor my mom ( a 6-12 coke/day gal).The wind was still blowing a little and the dust was almost unbearable, but we were happy!Read more

  • Day5

    Through the rain forest

    October 10, 2007 in Tanzania

    Sure enough, before sunrise the tree hyrax started chirping, which sounded more like a bird to me. I think it's a rabbit like thing, but I'm not sure. That was nothing compared to the sound of the columbus monkey. They make a sound like a 1972 Honda 70 cc motorbike trying to start on a cold day. Loudly! They sounded as if they were above our tent. By sunrise they quieted and we got up. The hike through the rainforest stopped, as we came across monkeys in the trees. We watched and tried to take pictures, but they weren't too cooperative. The columbus monkey has a huge furry white tail, and that's about all we saw of them. As we hiked out of the rainforest, we worked our way up to the moorland, gaining altitude at a slow pace. It began to rain and rained the rest of the day. Go figure, dry in the rainforest, and it rains after. The rain was steady and made hiking difficult because of the mud. The mud looked like melted chocolate (dark chocolate) and the Willie Wonka song got stuck in my head. Not pleasant for several hours at a time. I slipped on a rock and ended up caked in mud all along my left side. I walked into Shira camp wet and muddy, it had been about a 7 hour hike today.Read more

  • Day6

    Across the Shira Plateau

    October 11, 2007 in Tanzania

    We walked from one side of the Shira Plateau to the other today. Somewhere between 6-7 hours. We saw a couple being evacuated from the mountain, which gave me an uneasy feeling. When we got into Moir Camp, we had a great night. It was Nick's 50th birthday and his girlfriend, Barbara, had a cake for him, which the porters had carried the whole way. After dinner, we heard some voices singing and it got stronger, when it neared the tent. They were singing the cake song (equivalent to our birthday song) and about 8 porters/guides came into the tent to present the cake. They sang, we sang and it was a whole lot of fun. Nick had a birthday hat and really enjoyed himself. We all thanked him for having his birthday because it was a real treat. Not to mention we got chocolate cake out of the deal.Read more

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