Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Enjoy Beautiful Views Trekking to Shira Camp

Posted by: | July 29, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hello from New Shira Camp,

We have just had a great day. Everybody slept well last night and we awoke to blue skies and a view of Kilimanjaro above us. Tea was served to us in the tents and followed by a bucket of warm washing water.

We packed up camp in good time and hit the trail at 8:30 a.m.. The first stretch out of camp is fairly steep but we got immediately into a solid pace and climbed right up the first 1,000 feet of the day. A short stretch later and we were on top at a beautiful viewpoint. It is here that the actual size of the mountain can be seen for the first time since we started the trek nearly 6,000 feet below. Since the weather was perfect, we stopped an hour later for a long lunch break and ate until were stuffed.

The elevation gain for the day was done this morning, so after lunch we only had to climb a few hundred vertical feet to gain the Shira Plateau. Then a short descent and we arrived in camp. We just finished our afternoon snack and are hanging out in the dining tent sharing stories of past travels and adventures.

The whole team did great today and are all psyched for tomorrow’s push to almost 15,000 feet. We would also like to give a big shout out to Sean. You are missed.

Tomorrow we will check in from Barranco Camp.

RMI Guide Jeff Martin and team

An RMI team hiking to the Shira Plateau

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Blue skies and a view of Kilimanjaro?!  How magical…and Way, Way, Cool! 

Bailey and I are thinking about you, wanted you to know that we are with you! 


Posted by: L and Bailey on 7/29/2011 at 6:50 pm

Jeff paints a beautiful picture. So happy to read about your progress everybody. Keep on keepin’ on!
Rusty and Sara make sure you touch the roof of Africa for me when you reach the summit.
Eat, Pray, Climb! Slow down Sara, geez.

Posted by: Gummi Worm Man on 7/29/2011 at 4:20 pm

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