Kilimanjaro: New Altitude Record for most team members

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 15, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,000'

Hello from Shira Camp,

Today the team moved from Machame Camp to Shira Camp for our second night on the mountain. The morning started out with clear blue skies as we continued the climb up and out of the giant heather zone. Within a few hours, most of the climbing for the day was done and we started a long traverse. At the end of the traverse the trail cuts through several sections of lava rock and we finally crested out on the Shira Plateau. This is at almost 12,500 feet, an altitude record for most of the group. We descended a couple hundred feet and walked right into camp. The clouds rolled in shortly after lunch and have been with us since. We are all hanging out in our tents now, resting a bit and working on our appetites for a big dinner.
Tomorrow will be the biggest day of the climb so far and we will be adding another 2,500 feet to those altitude records.
The group remains strong and are all up for the challenge tomorrow.

RMI Guide Jeff Martin & Team Simba Sita

An RMI Team navigating some of the volcanic rock bands during the hike.  Photo: RMI Collection Ascending above the forest on the second day of the climb.  Photo: RMI Collection Our second night's camp overlooking neighboring Mt. Meru and the lower slopes of the Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection

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