Posted by: Laura Hartstone | 27 January, 2010

8 Hours to go….

Early Morning

In less than half an hour the team will be woken up to carry on with the last uphill trek of the challenge…1500 vertical metres to Uhuru Point. In order to get there, they will zig zag there way up the mountain in the dark, following headlamps of other groups ahead of them, footsteps of those in front and the singing of the guides. Every team member will have her own guide for the final 7km stretch from Barafu Camp (Ice Camp) to the summit.

It is a challenge far greater than any they have encountered thus far. The wind can be biting…The altitude can cause headaches, nausea and fatigue…and hiking during the night throws off the body’s normal routines. Many climbers find themselves wanting to use rocks as pillows and the trail as a bed. However, mental endurance and sticking together as a team will no doubt help them every step of the way.

Team with HIV Support Group & SIC Staff

After six hours of hiking they will reach Stella Point (5,685m). Stella Point is visible the entire way up, but for ages never seems to get closer. They will feel as if they have reached a plateau once they arrive. It can be a massive feeling of achievement and can help give the final push to walk the last 1-2 hours around the crater rim to Uhuru Point (5,895m).

Though Uhuru Point is the summit, it is not a great place to hang around. Sickness quickly sets in and the cold can become incredibly troubling. Hopefully they will all feel warm and happy – but with a bit of experience – we are guessing they will be eager to come down.

They will descend the same way they went up from Barafu Camp, stop their for lunch and continue down to Mweka Camp…23 kilometres from the summit. It is a long day to say the least.

Luckily for the team, the weather is finally on their side. It is difficult to imagine how snowy, cold and rainy Mount Kenya was just two weeks ago. Mount Kilimanjaro has hardly experienced any cloud cover in the past week. The sun is finally revealing its harsh summer rays that typically begin to leave this area parched for the next few months. Weather reports show nothing but clear skies. Perhaps the rain dances the team did on Mount Kenya are reaping rewards on Kili.

A text from the team came in this afternoon stating,

We are preparing for summit night on kili tonight. We’re all excited and a little nervous too. The weather has been good so hoping for a beautiful sunrise in 12 hours time. Wish us well!

The team has undergone an amazing amount of work in the past year and in the past 3 weeks…and we wish them more than well!!!

If you are eager to support this team’s endeavour, we would like to make one final push for their fundraising summit here at base camp.

Let’s see if we can’t raise a few dollars – and send them the news that we did so tomorrow morning.

  • If you have just a dollar please donate $3.
  • If you have more than a dollar, please donate $33.
  • If you have even more than a dollar, please donate $333.

These last minute donations can be made online at: www.3peaks3weeks.org/donate.htm

Help 3 Peaks Climb On!

And a massive thanks to all of you who have helped 3 Peaks along the way – namely all of our sponsors and supporters (far too many to name – but you all know who you are). Thank you!


Responses

  1. Good luck and enjoy.

  2. Hi All…Gosh it sounds so hard and bleak up there.Good luck and be careful
    Mother Essles

  3. good luck good luck good luck!!

  4. Good Luck for the final ascent!!! Will be thinking of you all!!! xx

  5. Jessle- you go lady! It’s just like the boxing we do in the park, quite hard at the time but worth the results- great guns!
    Best of luck, I’m thinking of you all! Hayesy xxxxx

  6. Woohoo! I imagine when you read this you will be heading back down – YOU DID IT!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Go Girls what an awesome achievement! xxxx

  7. Good luck and enjoy it ladies – a “peak” moment in my life! I’m sure it will be an emotional and exciting time for you and I am wishing you well from sea level.

  8. You are already champions!! Good luck as you push for the summit.
    Go Boo Go!!!!!!

  9. Good Luck Belinda (and rest of the team)!! Hope these last few hours are not too draining, so you can enjoy your efforts over the last 3 weeks and celebrate your success!!
    So exciting – well done!! Rachel.

  10. Wow, ladies! You are doing it! Our thoughts are with you ALL, especially Harvey! Keep your spitits up and look after each other! Take it all in, enjoy the adventure love and good vibes are being sent your way from Bec and the clan!!

  11. Sarah, in solidarity with you we walked the 6 flights of stairs in the hospital parking garage. Up and down. Twice (because we had to switch gear in the car). Not quite the same but it felt like Mt. Kilimanjaro to me!!

    Go girls, go!!

    Strength and courage, strength and courage!!

    XXXOOO

  12. Heather; Congratulations, a great accomplishment and a lifelong memory has been reached. Wear it proudly. As said before me ” Strength and Courage and may I add Determination!!!!

    Graham

  13. Boo and teammates,
    What a great day. Hope all goes well.
    Love,
    Mal

  14. Tracie,
    Congratulations 2010’s Three Time Summitteers. You’ve been called a lot of names in the past, but never a “Three Time Summitteer.” Is it really lonely at the top? It looks kinda crowded up there. Good Luck on the trip down and all the way back home.
    xoxo,
    Dad

  15. Hope it’s all gone well everybody and here’s an early Happy Birthday to Niamhin! We’ll be celebrating the whole weekend on your behalf though subsequent birthdays will find it hard to live up to the excitement of this one!! Loads of love from Susan and co

  16. Happy birthday niamh ,you really have a lot to celebrate this year ,enjoy yorself and have a good one.
    Lots of love
    mam & dad

  17. Well done girls


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