Posted by: Laura Hartstone | 13 January, 2009

Mount Kenya – Day 4

Austrian Hut Camp - with Lewies Glacier

Austrian Hut Camp - with Lewis Glacier

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.

A view looking down the mountain from Austrian Hut

A view looking down the mountain from Austrian Hut

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.


Responses

  1. I love reading the blog reports. I can sense the excitement and the hard work ahead to make the summit. I am sending huge waves of positive energy and support from the AZ contributors to all the women and their support team. You Go Girls!!!! You are on top of the world for all of us. Enjoy that beautiful sunrise!

  2. I expect the girls experience a true sense of our universal connectedness on this trip. What a gift for each of them, and for those of us loving them from afar. You are awesome.
    Many people from AZ are following your travels via this fabulous blog, and all send love and gratitude for YOU doing what we cannot.
    Hugs all around. Tight, long hug for Leah.

  3. Brooke,

    Here in NH we are watching and cheering you on day by day. We are awed by the fortitude you all display in this physical journey while we envy you the spiritual growth entailed. Wishing you and your team mates strengh, peace and sureness of heart.

    Aunt Amy

  4. Mara, We are thrilled by news of your progress, being followed closely through this great blog. Thinking of you daily. What a supurb adventure. We admire you! Lots of love, the Locketts

  5. I will keep you all in my deep thoughts and prayers. Safe journeys and keep up the tremendious efforts. I am so very proud of you Toni and I am cheering for you here in Phoenix. You Can Do It Girly! XOXO

    ps. Hi Laura:)

    Camille

  6. Nicole, we are all watching and waiting with baited breath, it is 40 degrees here! I envy you the cold!!!
    Mum xx

  7. Brookie…..we are all thinking of you and your challenges. I am passing on a special message of support and love from Kim, John, Mandi, Wes and Casey! Much love, mom

  8. Go Mara! Hang in there – hope you’re feeling okay. Sending good vibes, lots of love and hugs! Best wishes to all your teammates – I’m know it takes all of you to make this happen! Love, Mom

  9. Yvette,

    I am following your experience everyday and I can’t wait to hear about it in person… Keep up the good spirit and you’ll make it! I am very proud of you…. xxx

    Best Wishes to the entire team!
    Charlotte

  10. Yvette

    Checked today and was so glad to hear you made it so far. A bit teary to think of what you are doing and where you are. Stay strong sending love everyday.

    Luv Lou Rocket and kids xoxoxo

  11. Yvette
    I’m very excited for you. What a great experience and what a great cause. Things back home are boring without you! Take care and keep us updated on your efforts.

    love Louise, Stuart, Ella and Tom

  12. MYINITIAL MESSAGE DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE REACHED YOU,SO HERE IS MY SECOND ATTEMPT.fOLLOWING YOU PROGRESS TAKES ME BACK TO 2007 AND ALL THE EXCITEMENT THAT WENT WITH THAT CHALLENGE.AM NOW VERY EXCITED AND VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE 2009 TEAM.GOOD LUCK wellldoneAND LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER.I am using a strange computer so typing not so good.Lots of love Laura and team 2009.Kerry Chick

  13. The journey sounds amazing — you are all so inspiring. Lots of well wishes from NYC.


Categories

%d bloggers like this: