Kilimanjaro: Preparing for Summit Day

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 18, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Jambo from Barafu Camp,

The team did great today on our move up to high camp. The hard work over the last five days has paid off and we are now ready for our summit attempt. Today was our shortest day of hiking so far, and we made it to Barafu Camp in just under 3 hours. Now we have the whole afternoon to rest up and sort through our gear one last time, just to make sure we have everything we need for tomorrow.

You would not be able guess we are at 15,000’ right now. The sun is finally winning out over the clouds and it is warm, especially inside the tents. It won’t last long, but we’ll take it while it does.

An early dinner is the plan for tonight and hopefully we will be horizontal by 6:30 pm. The alarm is already set for 11:45 pm, and hope to be walking by 1:00 am. We should be arriving at the crater rim around sunrise and then one final stretch up to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa.

Our group is really strong and up for the challenge of tomorrow. Thanks the positive comments on the blog.

Will try and check-in from the summit tomorrow, or when we get down to Mweka Camp.

RMI Guide Jeff Martin and Team Simba Sita

The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Our high camp on Kilimanjaro, perched at 15,000' on Kilimanjaro's side.

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