The trek from Camp 1 to Shira Plateau is long and arduous…but rewarding. Views of the summit from Shira are incredible and it is a place that some even choose to have their weddings.
The teams text late last night states,
First Day on Kilmanjaro has been good though we’re having to get used to sharing the mountain with lots of people. We climbed 1500 metres today and arrived at camp at 4:30pm to signing porters. Our giraffe (Amy) has been eyeing up fit men on the trail 😉
Amy’s love for the mountains, and apparently mountaineers, has grown and before taking off for Kilimanjaro there was talk that she would climb the Seven Summits. We are anxiously awaiting to see if that decision changes after Kili.
Massive thanks to LEKI for the trekking poles above. Not only are they good for jousting, but they will be imperative for the climb up and down on summit night.
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Shira Plateau is a big step for the team. They are now sleeping at 3840m and have walked 27km. The idea now is to stay at the altitude, hike higher during the day and return each night as they hike around the mountain.
Milo (cocoa powder) has been supplied in great quantities as the team seems to drink it like water. But loaded with calories – they are being encouraged to do so.
A message from Ema came in, again short. It said,
All in good health.
Minutes ago a text came in form the team today, stating,
We have reached Shira Camp on day 2 of Kilimanjaro. Lots of people on the trails and at camp. We have the best choir of porters who welcome us to camp each day and who cook great meals. Summit is clearly visible when the sky is clear. Team in good spirits.
Keep your thoughts with the team and send them SMS’s at +254 724 239 688
And again…thank you to everyone who is sending them SMS’s, comments on the blogs, emails and phone calls. Your support for the team over the past year has now gotten them to Shira Plateau! Thank you!!!