With Mount Kenya only steps away, the team awoke early in anticipation of the climb. Though other days, they struggled to get ready, today, they were prepped and kitted several minutes before our set departure time.
At 9am we headed in cars to the Sirimon Gate where they had a last opportunity to slap on suncream and practice using trekking poles. From there it would be a gradual 3 – 4 hour hike to the first camp, Old Moses (3300m – 10,826ft). Luckily for the team, the skies were blue with only a few scattered clouds – perfect climbing weather.
After a few photos at the park gate, the team set off at a slow and steady pace, sure to get them into proper trekking rhythm. With a quick lunch break en route, the team arrived at Old Moses by 4:15pm. Their update read:
We have made it to the Old Moses camp on Mount Kenya! It’s been a great first day and spirits are high. Food here has redefined our idea of roughing it and we feel very lucky! Excited for tomorrow!
Another report arrived from Holly, courtesy of her Blackberry, with the following photos (picture quality low due to format):
And guess who is back to take care of the team again with the best hospitality and spirit to keep the team well fed….
Posted by Laura Hartstone