Kilimanjaro: Okita & Team Descend Through the Mweka Gate
Our long summit day yesterday was rewarded with a deep, well deserved slumber last night. It was good to be back in the thick air of 10,000’, but our return to the rain forest seemed relatively abrupt after having spent the last five days in the arid conditions up high on Kilimanjaro.
Camp was abuzz with activity early this morning as the staff from all the teams awoke on this last day with the anticipation of returning home, taking showers and seeing loved ones overwhelmed any desire to sleep in. As per tradition, we were bid farewell by our mountain staff with song and dance. Amazing voices and an appreciation for each other was obvious as the team went back and forth between chorus and lead singing, performing some traditional Tanzanian songs.
The hike out to the trailhead was quick as this strong cast of climbers grew stronger with every foot of elevation lost. Our last mountain lunch - a traditional Tanzanian meal - was taken at the trailhead before our 2+ hour drive back to our hotel. Showers were foremost on our minds to wash the seven days of dust, sweat and Kilimanjaro dirt off our selves.
We’ll be celebrating tonight at dinner, enjoying each other’s company before starting off on our next adventure, the safari. Unfortunately, we’ll be losing Darren from the group as he’ll be flying back to loved ones and life back home.
So… next up we’ll be reporting from the wilds of Africa. The stuff we’ve marveled at on TV or the National Geographic.
RMI Guide Brent Okita
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July 29, 2019
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