Posted by: Laura Hartstone | 19 January, 2009

Mt Meru – Day Two

Mount Meru

Mount Meru

The morning was clear and sunny with hardly a cloud in sight. The afternoon brought a few clouds, perhaps just enough to give the girls a bit of rest from the sun.  Our guess from below is that the views of Kili were great all the way up until sunset, when it was only peaking above the clouds. As dusk approaches the clouds over Meru are lifting as well. With a bit of luck the team will have a nice and clear night for their summit bid. They are spending the night at Saddle Hut.

Team with founder, Gemma Sisia - Usa River Campus

Team with founder, Gemma Sisia - Usa River Campus

Their climb today was again, very steep. The guides have assessed the speed of the team and feel it will be best to start for the summit around 2am. Their hope is to get the team to the summit together by sunrise, and then back down to the highest set of huts (Saddle Hut 3,570 m/11,712 ft) for breakfast, before descending to the lowest set of huts (Miriakamba  2,514 m/8,250 ft) for the night. The summit stands tall at 4,565 m/14,977 ft!

St Jude kids

St Jude kids

The team will be climbing for St Jude and using the energy from the kids to get them to the summit.  We have a bit of a surprise in store for the team when they come down Wednesday…the 12 students from St Jude will drive to the gate with the Summits crew to meet the 3 Peaks team as they finish their second peak!

Paul and Joseph - Guides

Paul and Joseph - Guides

Though we have yet to hear a direct report from them, we know they are in good hands and wish them the best on their 2am start!

Updates will be added as we get in touch with guides.  Please also note electricity in Arusha has been off an on all night – so their may be some delays!


Responses

  1. Luce and all the ‘onward and upward’rs’. Wonderful to be part of your adventure and challenge, take care and keep the blogs and pictures coming!

    M&D🙂

  2. Nicky, we are ‘climbing’ with you at 10am our time, dad says take it one step at a time.
    we love you. mum. xxx

  3. Hello Brooke,
    Hope all is well with you, your teammates, guides and support staff. Currently in Washington for the inaugural celebration. While we’ll have a great view from Matt D’s office (which is the last office building on Constitution Avenue before the Capitol steps), I prefer the views you guys are enjoying! By the way, during the Secret Service clearing process, they asked a lot of questions about you and your nefarious activities. They want to interview you when you get back (I think at Guantanamo).

    Great time to all!
    Love,
    Dad

  4. Hi Ali,
    Love reading about your exploits. Congratulations to you and the team – simply amazing.
    Lots of love
    Auntie Linda, Uncle Pablo and Hamish xx


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