Mount Kenya is truly one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. It is complete with bamboo forests, indigenous flowers, a wide variety of wildlife and snowcapped with glaciers. Driving up to the park gates is similar to a trip through the swiss alps. The grass is brilliantly green and herds of cattle and sheep are enjoying the endless food – especially this year.
The team is spending their last night on the mountain. They have descended a considerable distance today, losing over 1200m of altitude. Not only does this help reduce their headaches, but overall it allows them to breathe easier.
Today’s journey was through what has come to be known as the “vertical bog”. And it is exactly that. A descent through thick wet muck.
The team’s live SMS update came through around 4pm reading:
Team was greeted by a beautiful sunrise on the summit of Mount Kenya yesterday morning. Have just arrived at Met Station (alt 3050m) and were greeted by some amazing singing by the porters. All doing really well and having a great time. Also a monkey ate our soap.
Perhaps altitude is still affecting the team! But further word from the mountain was that they are all feeling much better and the affects of altitude sickness are slowly going away as they descend.
A team of two porters was fetched in Nanyuki town at the base of Mount Kenya early this morning. After a brief shopping trip through the market they were dropped off at Naro Moru gate to ascend the route the team is currently descending. They were headed up with a resupply of food including:
– 3 kg flour
– 2 packets of spaghetti
– 2 kg sugar
– 2 L milk
– 1 bunch of bananas
– 1 bag of peas
– 3kg potatoes
– 1 kg green peppers
– 2 onions
The combination of food seemed interesting and we can only hope they had left-overs of other foodstuffs to make something out of all that! Even the porters seemed a bit concerned that the only fruit the team would be getting their last day was bananas. However, as we know from the past – the teams are always well fed.
More updates to come from the team once they are down the mountain.
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