Summits Africa base camp awaited anxiously today as the team set off from Shipton’s for the steepest ascent thus far. The trail from Shipton’s to Austrian Hut often poses difficulties as the increase in elevation is quite drastic and rocky.
However, shortly after 3:30pm a report came in that the entire team had made it to Austrian Hut at 4790m (15,715ft). At this elevation it is no wonder that many members of the team are feeling the affects of high altitude. Common affects vary from headaches, nausea, dizziness, decrease in appetite, and difficulty sleeping. Though there are no direct reports of which affects the girls are experiencing, all are doing well enough to stay at that elevation. They did manage to report that they are feeling sun-punched not kissed.
From Austrian Hut, the summit is very close in sight and provides the perfect opportunity to mentally prepare for the summit attempt ahead. Though the current camp is at a “hut”, the team is still camping in six – 3 man tents. This arrangement sleeps two girls per tent, allowing extra space to store their gear inside. The camp is set up at the base of Lewis Glacier and have stated that they are above the clouds. If the clouds part when they are on the summit, views of Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean will be possible.
The team update stated that they are all reflecting on their time with the Laikipia Wildlife Forum. As they head to the summit they will keep in mind the tremendous obstacles the forum is tackling below. They are using this reminder to help fuel their way to the top. Many thanks to those who have commented on the blog and/or sent their thoughts through via email or phone. A text message has been sent to the team to let them know they have a strong support team backing them up.
In 12 hours, the team will attempt to summit Point Lenana in support environmental efforts being made in East Africa. The nighttime ascent aims to put the team on Point Lenana for the sunrise, before descending 2700m. Tomorrow will be their longest day yet.