The team departed for their second hurdle today, Mount Meru. At 4566m, the summit is a significant achievement, though shorter than Mount Kenya. The climb takes three nights, four days, with the push for the summit on the second night. Similar to hiking on a stairmaster non-stop, the days are long and the ascent steep.
This morning the team left for the mountain feeling strong. All 11 had smiling faces and were joined by eleven Form 2 (equivalent to Grade 8) students from the School of St Jude. The girls were chosen to accompany the team in reward for their outstanding behavior and effort in the classroom.
The students walked fast and were regularly reminded that they could slow down…the 3 Peaks team would have to keep up! They climbed together with the team for 2 hours and then the students left to return back to the bottom.
After a lunch picnic at a massive fig tree along the way, the team bid their farewell. The 3 Peaks women will keep those girls in their mind as they climb to Socialist Peak, the summit of Meru. They will use the encouragement of such an incredible group of young people to serve as a reminder to why they are summiting this peak. With 1300 smiling students supporting them from below, the 3 Peaks team will continue upwards for education.
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