Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Camped Beneath the Great Barranco Wall

Posted by: | July 30, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Jambo from Barranco Camp,

Another cloudless day awaited us as we got out of the tents this morning. The whole upper mountain was in clear view and even Mt. Meru was visible to the south.

It was a bit colder this morning, but warmed right up as the sun hit our tents. Being our third day on the trail, the team was quick to get everything packed up and we were the first team out of camp. The climb up the Shira Plateau is not steep, but is a gradual incline all the way up to Lava Tower, our high point of the day at 15,100’. The group was strong the whole way up, even as we broke the personal altitude records of eight of our team members. After a nice break at Lava Tower camp, we began our descent to Barranco Camp. Since it was such a beautiful day, we stopped often for pictures and to just take in the views. The Barranco Camp has to be one of the best camps on the whole mountain. It is nestled on a flat bench with Kili’s southern face rising dramatically right out of camp and dominating the horizon. On the valley floor, we are surrounded by some very unique plants including scenacios and lobelias, creating a landscape that almost looks like a page out of a Dr. Suess book. A pretty amazing place.

We had an early dinner tonight and are now enjoying a beautiful night sky as we get ready for bed.  Tomorrow, we tackle the Great Barranco Wall. Even though it looks a bit intimidating from camp, everyone is up for the challenge.

We all wish Winsor a very Happy Birthday.

RMI Guide Jeff Martin & the Kili Team.

Kilimanjaro's southern face as seen from Barranco Camp (12,800').  Photo: RMI Collection

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We read the blogs and saw the pics from Jeff and are so amazed and excited about your trip!
We are so proud of you! We are also excited and preparing for our trip to Greece this coming weekend. Hope that u continue to be well. We wish you a fun and safe remaining journey. Love Vicky
Hi Catherine its Jason. It must be really cool climbing a mountain. Did you see any animals? Tell me how it was climbing mount Kilimanjaro. Love Jason
HiCathie its me john i looked at the pictures and it looks awesome to be climbing the tallest mountain in Africa. Are u tired?  we miss yo u love john.

Posted by: Vicky, Jason & John on 7/31/2011 at 7:56 am

A special hello to my dear friend Catherine!  I’m so proud of you (but not surprised)!!!  You are AMAZING.  DON’T STOP.  KEEP GOING!!!!  Love and miss you, Angelica P.S. Many thanks to Jeff for the great blogs and best wishes for continued safe climbing for you and your entire team.

Posted by: Angelica on 7/31/2011 at 5:24 am

I’m loving Jeff’s posts. While it’s definitely not like being there.I’m enjoying the recap. I’m glad to hear everyone’s moral is way up and you are feeling confident for tomorrow’s Great Barranco Wall. I really wish Rusty and Sara and all of you a safe and enjoyable climb. what an amazing view from Barranco camp, all the more enjoyable because you earned it rather than drove up there on a paved road!good luck everyone.

Posted by: gummi worm man on 7/30/2011 at 9:36 pm

Hi to Ryan and Mike Moore! I hope y’all are having a blast and can’t wait to hear all about it! I look forward to the new blogs posted each day and it sounds like everything is going well. Take care and have a safe rest of the climb.


Posted by: Cambria on 7/30/2011 at 8:37 pm

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